Blazing A Trail: Clinician Entrepreneur Makes App for Diabetes–Shares Passion For Health Innovation

I already shared with you how much I loved my conversation with Dr. Jennifer Shine Dyer last month when I previewed our chat because I couldn’t keep all the insights to myself.

It’s time for youespecially clinicians who think you are so cool and innovative to listen to our two interview sessions on the Vimeo Channel or on iTunes as a podcast.


It’s also for people who are thinking about creating a health based app or another aspect of mobile health.

Everyone wants to be innovative. Lots of people are into making health “patient centered.” Dr. Shine Dyer does both of these things AND has shown that her methods actually improve health outcomes. Continue reading

Childhood Obesity: Fitness vs Movement

One Teacher’s Push to Inspire Activity for a Lifetime

Forget the PE of your childhood.

Caitlin Dugre, Middle School Physical Education Teacher and High School Field & Track Coach, shares how she went from not liking gym class and soccer to re-envisioning her life as an active person and sharing her passion with kids as a Physical Education Teacher.

(Click here for video & here for iTunes podcast)

I was skeptical. I asked her about why people talk about “movement” instead of exercise.

I had flashbacks of my 4th grade PE teacher…we were not friends.

I LOVED our Continue reading

Certified Professional Midwives and Homebirth

Audra Phillips, CPM and Treasurer for Midwives Alliance of North America took the time to talk about her path to becoming a Certified Professional Midwife and the importance of home birth being a safe option in the US.

I think this conversation is very timely since ‘Mother Robin’ won CNN Hero of the Year just last week. The internet has been a buzz with midwifery–but midwifery in the US has had an “interesting” evolution and is highly politically and at times emotionally charged.

Watch the interviews on my Vimeo Channel here: http://vimeo.com/channels/pitchforksoptional OR listen to the podcasts on iTunes.

In our TWO LOVELY conversations we cover: Continue reading

3 Must Use Resources For Starting A Health Based Social Enterprise

Breaking News: School Doesn’t Teach You Everything

Problem: You just spent $$$ on your degree and you still don’t know how to do what you went to school for.

Solution: Build Your Own MPH/MPP/MWD/MBA (Master of Public Health, Master of Public Policy, Master of World Domination and Master of Business Administration)

This is easy for me to say because I have some of those degrees anyway. But honestly—when I finished my programs, there were still skills that I needed in order to get to where I wanted to go in life that just didn’t fit into the school experience.

If you are still wondering:

  • How do I get my nonprofit/social enterprise to become sustainable?
  • What are the legal frameworks for setting up a social enterprise?
  • How do I build traction behind my great social enterprise/nonprofit idea?

Here are 3 resources to get the practical skills you need whether working in the US or abroad:

NESsT

NESsT develops sustainable social enterprises that solve critical social problems in emerging market countries.

They have created what looks to be about 157 FREE PUBLICATIONS for the studious Smurfs among you to take advantage of on Issu (a digital publishing platform).

These are serious (but short) documents that range from a legal series geared specifically for social enterprises -to- tested methods that can help you distribute your products to reach your intended market.

Risky Business: The Impacts of Merging Markets and Mission uses analyses of 45 social enterprise cases from 15 countries to examine impact in terms of financial performance, mission/values, organizational culture, relations with stakeholders, etc.

http://www.nesst.org/publications/

Unite For Sight

Unite For Sight is a nonprofit organization committed to excellence in global health. These people throw a real conference. No time to sit and do nothing. Unite For Sight’s Global Health conference is truly jam packed with SO MANY GOOD options that you’ll wish you could split yourself into pieces to attend all the sessions. Go to the conference this April. Register by December 31st for the cheapest rate http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference/

Now that you’re registered for the time of your life, go bone up on your missing skills at the online Global Health University. Enrollment in the Certificate in Global Health is available to any student or professional who is interested in global health. Global Health University helps to effect widespread innovative change in global health through comprehensive training workshops, Global Health Certificate Programs, fellowship and internship opportunities in the U.S. and abroad, social enterprise consulting, and online courses.The total cost to enroll in the Global Health Certificate Program is $65.

Cheaper than grad school—right?

http://www.uniteforsight.org/global-health-university/

Partners In Health (PIH)

These are the leaders in providing preferential health options for the poor across the globe. If you don’t know them check them out.

The best made a Program Management Guide so you HAVE to read it. I just downloaded it last night in a zip file and it rocks!

This 14-unit program offers a structured approach to starting a program, revamping an existing one, or expanding a site based on PIH’s experiences in the field. Program managers can use this guide to anticipate and find creative solutions to common challenges that PIH and other similar organizations have confronted in resource-poor settings.

Table of Contents:
Unit 1 Learning about the local context
Unit 2 Understanding legal matters
Unit 3 Building site infrastructure
Unit 4 Managing a procurement system
Unit 5 Strengthening human resources
Unit 6 Improving programs through training
Unit 7 Improving outcomes with community health workers
Unit 8 Establishing a financial system
Unit 9 Creating a development strategy
Unit 10 Working with partners
Unit 11 Addressing the social determinants of health through a program on social and economic rights (POSER)
Unit 12 Using monitoring and evaluation for action
Unit 13 Conducting research
Unit 14 Maximizing impact through advocacy

Are you still whining about how you don’t’ know where to go for help to get your project off the ground?

Better Than The World Cup- Soccer Without Borders Baltimore

You may have heard about soccer being used as a tool to engage at risk immigrant children. Well, Jill Pardini is doing just that with Soccer Without Borders-Baltimore (SWBBaltimore).

This is heart-work. This is justice work. This is transformational stuff in Baltimore, MD.

Even though I wave my hands so much during the interviews that I look like a baby bird trying to take flight–you HAVE to watch the videos or at least listen to the podcasts on iTunes.

When you get overwhelmed with all the bad news streaming in from other media sources…come back and listen again. The Grinch himself would join SWBBaltimore at practice because their work is just that good. Continue reading

How to Use an 8-track…I mean modern technology in clinical practice

I had a wonderful Skype session with Dr. Jennifer Shine Dyer right after Thanksgiving. It was so good that I have been talking about one of her off-hand comments almost every day since then. Since you are going to have to wait for her installment on the Vanguards of Health Innovation Skype Series….let’s start with something that I don’t think should wait.

Dr. Shine Dyer is a pediatric endocrinologist and as such, has the privilege of taking care of teenagers who are diabetic. Now, those of you who have ever spent time with teens know how hard it is to get them to do anything–let alone get a straight answer out of them. So imagine trying to cheer lead them into checking their blood sugar and figuring out if they actually checked it in between visits. Continue reading

A Community Cafe May Reduce Food Insecurity in D.C.

Last year,  50 million people — including 17 million children — lived in food insecure households in the United States. This means that more than potentially someone you and I know were not able to afford an adequate supply of food.  In DC, 12.9 percent of households were food insecure. It has gotten so bad that in October Sesame Street added Lily (a Muppet) to the cast who sometimes cannot afford to eat.

That makes me mad. Really. (as my mom would add for emphasis)

Annette Ryan, Executive Director of Everybody Eats, and her team have decided that there is a sustainable and non-soup kitchen way to address this issue. They will start a cafe.

(If the video does not load click here to view http://vimeo.com/33203229)

Now before you start choking on your coffee and yell at the screen about the high rate of failure in the restaurant industry. Continue reading

World AIDS Day-5 Things You Can Do In the U.S.

Today is World AIDS Day and there are many very eloquent statements about the history and trajectory of this disease.

As innovators in health I challenge you to up your game–particularly in the US.

You can watch my Call to Action with Housing Works here

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In the United States, public and private sector investments in research, advocacy and education have yielded noticeable progress in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment since the 1980s. Yet even with this progress, in 2008 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the latest estimate of new HIV infections in the United States for 2006– which were roughly 40 percent higher than previously estimated, indicating that the HIV epidemic is worse than previously known.  Furthermore, HIV/AIDS remains a serious problem in the US—particularly among racial, ethnic and sexual minority communities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009). Continue reading