New Maps of DC health data – Not yet one culture of health

New Maps of DC health data - Not yet one culture of health

Catching up on social innovation I haven’t yet posted about… I have complained previously about the fact that data purporting to show Washington, DC’s health status as a county is usually wrong (see: Do national numbers inaccurately represent Washington, DC’s obesity condition? | Ted Eytan, MD – Answer: YES) because DC has 8 wards within …

Now Reading: Addressing Climate Change among Insurers, some are doing more than others

Now Reading: Addressing Climate Change among Insurers, some are doing more than others

When I asked about the phenomenon of climate change and if the impact on our health was real, a wise person once said to me, “look at insurance companies.” Meaning, look at the industry whose role in society is to understand risk. This report put out by Ceres (@ceresnews), a nonprofit organization advocating for sustainability leadership, capitalized, or …

Now Writing: Seven Visual Insights of Social Determinants and Behavior Change – ILN INSIGHTS 2013

Now Writing: Seven Visual Insights of Social Determinants and Behavior Change - ILN INSIGHTS 2013

Innovation Learning Network (@HealthcareILN) Insights 2013 is here! And thanks to to the graphical stylings of Tim Rawson (@noswar) and the editing ambrosia of Chris McCarthy (@McCarthyChris), I get to be a part of it. The article as published (on page 58), entitled “7 Visual Insights of Social Determinants” was actually posted on this blog …

Community Health Needs Assessment includes the Environment, and Green Health Care Resources

Community Health Needs Assessment includes the Environment, and Green Health Care Resources

After I had the opportunity to write this post on the Robert Wood Johnson Pioneering Ideas blog (see: Pioneering Idea: Your Patient’s Community Health Needs Assessment on the Desktop – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), I learned courtesy of the Environmental Stewardship workgroup that I serve on at Kasier Permanente that one of the indicators in the …

Photo Friday: Climate Change is about People, not Polar Bears

Photo Friday: Climate Change is about People, not Polar Bears

View This is Climate Change – Ads become more relevant from March to November, 2012 on Flickr.com Top image (March 2012): Ineffective Bottom Image (November 2012): Effective If you fly through DCA airport to get to Washington, DC, you’ve probably seen one of the images above on your way to the baggage carousel. I’m there …

Now Reading: Walking and walkable urban places will drive an economic as well as a health renaissance

Now Reading: Walking and walkable urban places will drive an economic as well as a health renaissance

Leinberger C. DC: The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: The Nation’s Capital As a National Model for Walkable Urban Places. Washington, DC; 2012. Continuing on in this series in preparation for this week’s walking summit (now with hashtag! It’s #EBWPartners , which stands for “Every Body Walk Partners”), I am going from the medical, to the social, to the …

Why Place Matters – at Net Impact Conference 2012

Why Place Matters - at Net Impact Conference 2012

View Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley Keynote on Flickr.com (@GovernorOMalley) When I was a medical student, I didn’t have access  to the Net Impact organization. It was being conceived by a small group of graduate students, who had their first meeting of 52 people. Instead, I had access to a jarring and sad American Medical Association convention, …

Making Cycling in D.C. Less Black and White, Community Building, New Bottles and Old Wine

Making Cycling in D.C. Less Black and White, Community Building, New Bottles and Old Wine

Advocates Try to Make Cycling in D.C. Less Black and White: DCist. A photo montage of our journey. Click to enlarge I was really delighted to see this article in DCist. It’s about Black Women Bike DC (@BWBDC), which has been around since 2011. I/we didn’t know about Black Women Bike DC when we did …

Requesting crowd Peer Review: Visual Primer on Social Determinants of Health

Requesting crowd Peer Review: Visual Primer on Social Determinants of Health

Hello, crowd. If you have a few moments, I am putting up a piece that will potentially be published in the Innovation Learning Network’s ( @HealthcareILN ) most awesome annual report, Insights 2012 ( you can see the 2011 version here). I am not a fan of closed peer review, I am one of open …

Photo Friday: What a difference open data plus 5 miles makes in understanding people’s health choices: Capital Bikeshare

Photo Friday: What a difference open data plus 5 miles makes in understanding people's health choices: Capital Bikeshare

View SDOH Tour – Bikeshare 14352 on Flickr.com This is similar treatment to a Photo Friday a few weeks ago (See: Photo Friday: What a difference 5 miles makes in the health choices people can make | Ted Eytan, MD), except it’s about the use of our bicycle sharing program ( @bikeshare ) rather than …