Just Read: Transforming the Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Just Read: Transforming the Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Co-authored by one of my favorite physician colleagues, Brigid McCaw, MD (@BrigidMcCaw) whose work is an example of what happens when physicians lead. Clinicians use tools embedded in the electronic health record to facilitate screening, intervention, documentation, and referrals. Electronic health record questionnaires and progress note tem- plates include prompts for further inquiry (eg, “Are … Continue reading Just Read: Transforming the Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Just Read: Can Physicians Manage the Quality and Costs of Health Care? The Story of the Permanente Medical Group

Just Read: Can Physicians Manage the Quality and Costs of Health Care? The Story of the Permanente Medical Group

To know where you’re going, it’s important to know where you came from….

This book, published in 1991, gives a physician’s eye view of one of the most significant health movements in the United States – prepaid, integrated health care with a social mission.

Before reading the book, I already knew that part. I didn’t appreciate its scope in American consciousness, though:
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How to Build Health into Design – a day with Green Health Partnership

How to Build Health into Design - a day with Green Health Partnership

Yesterday a bunch of friends (at this point) got together to explore solutions to bring health into the design of the built environment. You know, where we spend 90% of our lives.

The part about us being a bunch of friends – architects, public health experts, doctors, planners is both a good thing and a thing worth noting.
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The Walking Gallery at 5 years

The Walking Gallery at 5 years

It’s been exactly 5 years since Regina Holliday (@ReginaHolliday) conceived the first one, and a most important milestone passed (for me) : Regina actually painting inside the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth).

Organizations and cultures change. So do people – the statement (among many) that most impressed me in 2016 was when Regina told me that her painting has gotten much better since 2011. I was wondering how that could be, but on reflection, so has my photography. People get better with time, too. Continue reading→

Definitely Heroes: Photos from 2016 Capital Pride DC Gala

Definitely Heroes: Photos from 2016 Capital Pride DC Gala

LGBTQ Pride has begun in the nation’s (United States) capital, and it kicked off with a wonderful evening for me, a person who has watched so many, as newly minted Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning (@SecArmy) said, “paved the way.”
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Infused with the sights and sounds of the beach: the new Kaiser Permanente Santa Monica Medical Office

Infused with the sights and sounds of the beach: the new Kaiser Permanente Santa Monica Medical Office

Where Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, which I visited later in the week, demonstrates congruence with total health in its exterior, Santa Monica does that for the interior.

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Photo Friday: Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA USA

Photo Friday: Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA USA

I’m breaking the “photo is usually from Washington, DC” informal rule this week, which I do occasionally when I find something visually compelling elsewhere, in this case the beautiful LEED Gold certified Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Medical Office Building.

Opened in 2014, it combines the science of wind flow studies, high technology and personalized health care, and connection to the community through locally sourced art, site placement, and visual cues (poppies, pinwheels, butterflies).
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