Discussions with Patient Empowerment Changemakers: CureTogether

Last July, the Ashoka Changemakers organization in partnership with the Amgen Foundation, launched a competition around patient empowerment that spanned the globe. For 20 years, the Foundation has been working with organizations to increase visibility of innovations around this area. I wrote about it last year on the blog with some added thoughts on the […]

Healthy Discussions: Facebook and Behavior Change Support

One of my public health colleagues/friends in the area, Ann Houston Staples, recently caught my attention as I was looking at her status on Facebook. She did something that struck me as interesting – she started sharing her eating habits on the social network. Having a food journal is nothing new, but with the opportunities […]

Dr. Cornel West Keynote: Public Health & Social Justice

I know it has been some time since the American Public Health Association had their annual meeting in Colorado last November, but I am just getting around to watching a video of Dr. Cornel West’s opening session talk. Wow. I don’t believe I have ever seen as much energy in a gathering of public health […]

Salt Lake Valley Health Department: One Year Later

It was a great day in April last year when I spotted a tweet from the Salt Lake Valley Health Department. This was during a time when local public health organizations weren’t really talking about social media (we still have a ways to go) and much of it was taboo anyway. To me, it signaled […]

World AIDS Day 2010: Overview through Videos

Today the world looks at and observes a public health issue that has been plaguing millions – the AIDS virus. Since it’s discovery (first cases in 1981) and subsequent spread around the globe, AIDS has become one of the leading diseases to garner attention – for good reason. Quick statistics (from Kaiser Family Foundation – […]