Presentation: Center for Total Health and Social Innovation – American College of Preventive Medicine Corporate Roundtable

Center for Total Health and Social Innovation

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The Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth) is Kaiser Permanente’s Social Innovation Center.

This presentation was given to the American College of Preventive Medicine (@ACPM_HQ) Corporate Roundtable, meeting in Washington, DC, to introduce the Center, Social Innovation, and Total Health for individuals and communities.

I also included a little information about the “Why” of prevention at Kaiser Permanente. Thanks to a little help from our friends at the A History of Total Health (@KPHistory) blog.


Thanks for having me!

Facilitating: Livable Communities : Healthy Neighborhoods National Building Museum

Facilitating: Livable Communities : Healthy Neighborhoods National Building Museum.

An honor to facilitate:

  • Scott Ball, planner with Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Company
  • Terry M. Bellamy, mayor of the city of Asheville, North Carolina
  • Irene H. Yen, PhD, MPH, associate professor, University of California, San Francisco

Studies show that our homes and neighborhoods play a large role in public health, especially for an aging population. Walkable, safe, and connected communities promote exercise, access to healthy food options, and an active social life. Panelists discuss how planning, design, and community engagement help create livable communities for older adults and everyone.

September 12, 2013, 6:30 pm – ticket purchase required (support the National Building Museum) @BuildingMuseum

#PreventionisthenewHIT – see you there

Photo Friday: #activetransportation and the new frictionless Every Body Walk! App

Route: “The Citizen” (click to enlarge) Get this app here

Route: “The Presidential” (click to enlarge)

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This is just one of the photographs I tend to enjoy taking of people engaged in active transportation, while I am engaged in it as well, and usually in my favorite place, the most walkable city in the United States…..Washington, DC.

And now, it’s easy to track your walk quickly, and frictionless-ly with the relaunched Every Body Walk! (@everybodywalk) app, available for Android and iOS.

Why ‘frictionless’?

When you download and use it, you’ll see what I mean. When you are on the move, it’s hard and unrewarding to spend time tending to your smartphone for tracking purposes, and this redesigned app doesn’t make you do that. There’s just a big huge button that says “Start”. Press it, and keep going.

The sharing part is really easy, too. This comes in handy when you are going on a walking meeting (which you are doing, aren’t you), and it’s helpful to share with the person who you introduced this to (you are introducing walking meetings to others, aren’t you) how you did, where you went etc.

My approach is to walk a different route every morning, depending on how many social determinants of health I would like to study. I’ve named my routes accordingly in the images on the right. Feel free to do the same and post your results – tag them #activetransportation.

Here’s a gallery of past routes / images I’ve taken. Isn’t Washington, DC, beautiful?

Prevention is the new HIT.

Now Reading: Does mobile technology support behavior change? Does it support weight loss?

Spring B, Schneider K, McFadden HG, et al. Multiple behavior changes in diet and activity: a randomized controlled trial using mobile technology. Archives of internal medicine. 2012;172(10):789–96.

Spring B, Schneider K, McFadden HG, et al. Make Better Choices (MBC): study design of a randomized controlled trial testing optimal technology-supported change in multiple diet and physical activity risk behaviors. BMC public health. 2010;10(1):586