Photo: MakerDocsDC April

Photo: MakerDocsDC April

This month’s MakerDocsDC featured some special guests, MakerDocs in their own right, physical activity champions and leaders in integrated care delivery (Bob Sallis, MD FACSM) and academic medicine (Pat McBride, MD MPH FACC). Not pictured is Liz Joy, MD, MPH, FACSM, Medical Director of Clinical Outcomes Research at Intermountain Healthcare. Bob, Pat, and Liz stayed … Continue reading Photo: MakerDocsDC April

A few photos taken on the way to the future #SCOTUS #LoveMustWin #WalkingMeeting

A few photos taken on the way to the future #SCOTUS #LoveMustWin #WalkingMeeting

I normally walk to work through history, this time I walked to work through history being made, as the United States Supreme Court heard arguments for marriage equality.

In an awesome confluence of events and social movements, I was participating in a roundtable co-hosted by the American College of Sports Medicine (@ACSMNews) and the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy (@KPIHP) on creating a Call to Action on Making Physical Activity Assessment and Prescription a Standard of Medical Care. Of course that roundtable was going to have walking meetings, and we walked to the future, while talking about the future.

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Photo Friday: 6 year disruptorversary with Jay Parkinson, MD

Photo Friday: 6 year disruptorversary with Jay Parkinson, MD

Jay Parkinson (@JayParkinson) and I met up this time the same way we did the first time, when I think I texted (or Gchatted?) Jay while I was cruising through Williamsburg, New York, back in 2009 (to which he responded, “come on over”). This time he was the messager and it was great to catch up. Continue reading→

Just Read: Eliminating Racial Disparities in Medicare Advantage Plans

Just Read: Eliminating Racial Disparities in Medicare Advantage Plans

Yesterday I had the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and specifically the current class of fellows in the “iconic” Yale Program (@RWJFCSP_Yale) Our interaction took place both in the awesome Logan Circle neighborhood in Washington, DC, as well as a tour of the Kaiser Permanente Center for … Continue reading Just Read: Eliminating Racial Disparities in Medicare Advantage Plans

Just Read: They’re not pretending: Gender Cognition in Transgender Children

Just Read: They're not pretending: Gender Cognition in Transgender Children

The KPLantern team is now engaged in “synthesis,” which currently looks like a secure room with a lot of post-it notes (photo below) and as part of that we are reviewing relevant science. This paper describes a clever study designed to look at how transgender children’s unconscious brains work. When challenged subliminally do they really … Continue reading Just Read: They’re not pretending: Gender Cognition in Transgender Children

Visiting the Transgender Person Health Program, Vancouver BC #KPLantern

Visiting the Transgender Person Health Program, Vancouver BC #KPLantern

When the Kaiser Permanente Innovation Consultancy (@KPInnovation) undertakes an insight project, it recruits at least two Kaiser Permanente regions + one external “examplar” site outside of Kaiser Permanente.

In the case of transgender person care, that site is Vancouver Coastal Health [VCH] (@VCHHealthcare) which serves one million BC residents.

As part of my learning of the design thinking technique, I was fortunate to join the team (of myself and Team Lead and Designer Dana Ragouzeos) to complete our field work there. I’m glad we did. Continue reading→

Photo Friday: Transgender Health Information Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, BC

Photo Friday: Transgender Health Information Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, BC

This week’s photograph was taken at the Transgender Health Information Program Offices, which is a service of Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (@VCHHealthCare), in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This is where we were this week, as part of KP Lantern, the human centered design project we are doing to understand transgender person health and health care. Continue reading→