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→

MakerDocsDC February: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing (+ some side things)

MakerDocsDC February: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing (+ some side things)

Forgot to post the update from February MakerDocsDC (whoops – want to keep a record of these on here), which did happen, at the wonderful 1776 Campus (@1776) in Washington, DC (of course), with co-hosts Nishi Rawat, MD and Kevin Maloy, MD (@MaloyKr). We ran into transportation data whiz Michael Schaede, who took the photo. All in the innovation family! Continue reading→

Photo Friday: USA Change Day at Harvard Business School

Photo Friday: USA Change Day at Harvard Business School

This week’s photograph was taken from the classroom of the Kaiser Permanente Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School (@HarvardHBS @HBSExecEd), where our classmates indulged us in the showing the launch of 2015 USAChangeDay (@USAChangeDay) during a planned break in our learning.

The introduction was made with my Labor Management Partnership (@LMPTalk) partners Simone Zimmer (@SimoneMarie127) and John Kolodny (@jkolodny8). Continue reading→

#KPLantern is coming to Portland, Oregon, transgender person/community connections requested

#KPLantern is coming to Portland, Oregon, transgender person/community connections requested

#KPLantern is continuing, and it’s going really well, with field work in California completing now.

The team is coming to Portland, Oregon next and is looking for connections to the community, to continue field work. This includes interviewing individuals, shadowing them in life activities, attending groups and cultural events. Continue reading→

Design Thinking with HRSA Huddles and HHS IDEA Lab

Design Thinking with HRSA Huddles and HHS IDEA Lab

Yesterday I went to the actual HHS IDEA Lab (@HHSIdeaLab) – it is a place :) ), for our monthly check-in with the team I am on, called HRSA Huddles for now (HHS Ignite – Being part of the 2015 HRSA Huddles team exploring collaborative work | Ted Eytan, MD).

Prior to the check in, though, we spent quality time at the Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth) expanding our thinking, creatively, with our mentor Tyson Weinert, who is the US Coast Guard’s most awesome Innovation Program Manager, he was awesome with us for sure. Continue reading→

Photo Friday: Remember Them, Champions for Humanity, Oakland, CA USA

Photo Friday: Remember Them, Champions for Humanity, Oakland, CA USA

The tradition of Photo Friday is to feature photos from Washington, DC, this week I’m allowing a California photo. It’s from the Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park, in the shadow of downtown Oakland. I discovered it on a virtual walking meeting, even though it was unveiled close to 4 years ago. Score another point for … Continue reading Photo Friday: Remember Them, Champions for Humanity, Oakland, CA USA