Photo Friday: Snow in Malcolm X Park, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: Snow in Malcolm X Park, Washington, DC USA

That’s Joan of Arc in the background, the only equestrian statue of a woman in Washington, DC.

A few more views are here. Continue reading→

Quantified Community: Using population sensors instead of wearables to track health

Quantified Community: Using population sensors instead of wearables to track health

A sensor is born. This isn’t one you wear on your body, your sidewalk/trail wears it.

Ours was installed in early January and it’s been feeding us data ever since, 24/7, about the movement of pedestrians up and down 2nd Street NE, in downtown Washington, DC.

It measures demonstrators walking home from the United States Supreme Court…. Continue reading→

Photo Friday: 14th Street, Then and Now 2010-2014, Washington, DC

Photo Friday: 14th Street, Then and Now 2010-2014, Washington, DC

I’ve been in Washington, DC long enough that I can produce my own then and now photographs.

This one is from the corner of 14th Street, Northwest, and T Street Northwest, essentially the epicenter of the riots that destroyed Washington, DC after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. With the exception of a few areas, much of 14th Street remained a place without much hope for almost 40 years. 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→

#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→

Designing our environment for population health

Designing our environment for population health

I told co-host Whitney Gray, PhD, LEED-AP, from Cannon Design (@CannonDesign) that when a doctor walks a community, they observe the people walking around. She told me when real estate developers do, they repaint the skyline in their minds. What a cool job (in a greener grass kind of way). Continue reading→