Social Innovator: Louise “Lu” Casa, MSN, CRNP, CTTS on identity, partnership, teamwork

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“Wanna see something funny?” That’s what Louise “Lu” Casa said to me when she was teaching a class at the Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth). It was the photo below, of Lu in training in 1983.

I interviewed Lu for a bunch of reasons….

  • As part of preparation I was doing to speak with the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership (@LMPTalk) all hands meeting in December. That presentation was made, and made much better with Lu’s help.
  • To assist my #HHSIgnite team, “HRSA Huddles,” a project of the HHS Idea Lab (@HHSIdeaLab) seeking to improve communication and teamwork in our U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (@HHSGov)
  • To learn about leadership and trailblazing in a profession and environment that sometimes doesn’t know that the world is changing around it – She told me she was an out lesbian throughout her clinical training, which is pretty impressive for its time, so I asked to learn more.

Here’s what I learned…. Continue reading→

Dog Parks & Coffee Shops + Leadership Networks

Dog Parks & Coffee Shops + Leadership Networks

This week I got to go see a screening of DogParks & CoffeeShops: Diversity Seeking in Changing Neighborhoods on the invitation of Professor Sonya Grier, on the campus of American University, at the Metro Policy Center (@MPC_AU) which addressed a ton of interests of mine all in one. Continue reading→

Seeing the future 45 years later at the Brookings Institution: CHF and Payment Reform

Seeing the future 45 years later at the Brookings Institution: CHF and Payment Reform

When I was at the Brookings Institution ( @BrookingsInst @BrookingsMed )with fellow Permanente physician, cardiologist Priti Sood, MD, for MEDTalk: Treating Congestive Heart Failure and the Role of Payment Reform | Brookings Institution, this quote immediately came to mind: We believe any group of physicians, or a foundation working with physicians, can easily duplicate the … Continue reading Seeing the future 45 years later at the Brookings Institution: CHF and Payment Reform

Leadership and Professional Ethics | Dana Beyer – Huffington Post

Leadership and Professional Ethics | Dana Beyer – Huffington Post.

Great post by colleague Dana Beyer, MD (@DanaBeyerMD), and not just because I am quoted :)

I’m in agreement with her. In practice, I say it is the physician’s role to bring the patient story into every conversation. Our other role is to create an environment where the patient can be heard, and then let them speak for themselves.

In the same piece, she also touched on what it means to be in the sausage making of creating change, which I mentioned yesterday ( see: Thanks for publishing my photo about equality, Mashable.com | Ted Eytan, MD).

On an occasional basis, people ask me how they can be exposed to innovative ideas/thoughts/people. It’s in places where this is happening, often because most people don’t want to be there. That and the world belongs to optimists, pessimists are bystanders :).

Thanks for a year of great writing, Dana.

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