Yesterday was the first ever http://fastforwardhealth.org/ Film Festival ( @FastFwdHealth ), in Washington, DC, where I and many others got to see the world premiere of the 73 Cents film (@eidolonfilms), a documentary of the story of Regina Holliday (@ReginaHolliday).
I was also fortunate to be in attendance representing Kaiser Permanente, who was one of the sponsors of the event, lovingly put together by Andre Blackman (@pulseandsignal is the blog, @mindofandre is the man) and David Haddad (@haddadda). As they explained to me, this work is intended to bring innovation into the public health arena, in a novel, media rich way. And it sounds good to me! I wasn’t really aware of the need for innovation in public health (which I now am), as I may have been focusing a bit too much on medical care (which I now know).
As I mentioned in my opening remarks before the 73 Cents Film and the Everybody Walk film (@everybodywalk), I feel lucky to be part of a health system whose interest in the built and community environment doesn’t end at the front door of the medical office or hospital. As I learned in England last year, a health system is supposed to face the community, not the tertiary care center.
As part of my learning for the event, I also did a little bit of a deep dive on the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States work in the local community. In 2010, $56 million dollars was spend on uninsured/charity care and community programs, capacity building, and support for conversations like this. You can view a copy of the 2010 report here.
What else? Oh, the films.
I sat next to Susannah Fox (@SusannahFox) as we watched Lunch Line: A Documentary on the National School Lunch Program which is an eye opening, very well done chronology of the school lunch program. I think Susannah and I both had flashbacks to our childhood years, as we put the pieces together around our experiences and the policies that came together to make them the way they were.
Everybody Walks (@everybodywalk) is a compilation of stories from across the United States about work to change the built environment and programs to make communities more walking friendly. I would love to see a sequel called “Everybody has walking meetings,” and one day,”Everybody goes on a walk with their doc.” Speaking of public health, let’s change health care to connect it more to the community, and I can’t think of a better way (see this link for information about walk with a doc, and this one for information about walking meetings.)
73 Cents was really great, aptly titled, and reveals even more depth to Regina’s art. “Don’t give me songs, give me something to sing about.” This journey keeps getting more and more deep and exciting.
And now public health professionals and medical care professionals are crossing over in the innovation and media space. Cool.