Check out this FluNearYou video, which is the result of a phenomenal collaboration by a hospital, a public health association, and a funder. The government should be monitoring and taking action to prevent this national threat, but they’re not doing much of anything right now (or ever?), so it’s lucky that this project is stepping… Continue reading

Are You Supporting Health Horizons?

Many of you know my amazing friend Laura, who I met 8 years ago in a pre-orientation program at Tufts University. A doer-and-shaker, Laura co-founded a phenomenal nonprofit called Health Horizons International (HHI), which seeks to build a new vision of primary health care and community health in the Dominican Republic. I’ve seen the programs… Continue reading Are You Supporting Health Horizons?

Bret and Jemaine of Flight of the Conchords fame have worked with kids to create a song, “Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That),” completely to benefit Cure Kids in New Zealand. I was just going to post the song here, but I actually really enjoyed watching their whole process, which includes some fun references, tangents,… Continue reading

Improv, Meet Pathology. Pathology, Improv.

I’ve dabbled in improv comedy classes and fun for several years now, and I have often characterized it as professional development (on top of being super enjoyable, of course!). It reminds you of the importance of listening, supporting your team, giving gifts, thinking on your feet, and being “in the moment”. Montefiore Medical Center in… Continue reading Improv, Meet Pathology. Pathology, Improv.

Free birth control in the United States starts TODAY. Beginning on August 1, 2012, the Affordable Care Act guarantees women access to preventive health care services (e.g. cancer screenings, HIV and STI testing, well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, prenatal/post-partum care) without copayments or deductibles. That includes prescription contraception, the prohibitive cost of which can often mean… Continue reading

There has to be a fundamental change in how organizations think and behave. Hospitals, for example, now spend a lot of time thinking about how to get more patients when they should be thinking about how to get fewer because they are treating patients better the first time. David Cutler, Harvard Economist