Elon Musk interviewed by Chris Anderson in 2013 (Photo by Sean Mathis, Getty Images)

SXSW Interactive Panel Picker: Voting Begins Today

The voting period will last from August 19 through September 6. I have teamed up with a great group of individuals to propose: Minorities in Health Tech: A How-to Workshop. It is designed as an insider’s guide to the unique aspects of the health innovation sector. Ivor Horn, MD MPH, Kimberly Bryant, and Damon Davis, MBA will … Continue reading

Walking Out of the Darkness to Combat Mental Illness, but What about Funding?

This weekend the Out of the Darkness Walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will occur from June 1-2 to raise awareness and funds for suicide research and prevention. One June 3rd the President will convene a Mental Health Forum to follow-up on much the the initiatives for early identification and improved access to treatments proposed in his The Time Is Now gun violence prevention program. The problems of suicide and the depression that cause it are all too real. In the United States alone someone dies by suicide every 13 minutes.

Black Women Talk To Black Women About Heart Health

Last weekend, I had the pleasure to participate as an exhibitor in Know Thyself, Love Thyself the 2nd Annual Health Expo hosted by the Potomac Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. I must say it is one of the best events I’ve worked this year. The focus of the panel discussion was the unique ways in which heart disease presents in black women, why disparities remain in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in our population. As a health educator, it’s my job is to stay informed and up to date on these issues, so I was surprised to discover how much I learned during this event.

Jennifer Donelan a broadcast journalist from WJLA (an ABC affiliate in the metropolitan Washington, DC market) stepped to the podium as the workshop’s facilitator to speak. Soon, she became a little tearful. Having suffered a heart attack while completing her workday in September 2010, she was the subject of the video health expo participants had just viewed. For Donelan, this cautionary tale to women, especially black woman of the importance of understanding the risk factors for heart disease and recognizing the warning signs for a heart attack was personal. It was her story. One that she was eager to share with other women with the hope that they might avoid the heart attack that she had not.

Is Advance Care Planning A Remote Issue?

I turned down a road towards a municipal building that strangely stood alone in the midst of a quiet residential area. I live not far away in Washington, DC yet Loudoun County feels a world away. This was also the site where Senator Mark Warner convened a roundtable conversation of end-of-life issues. I thought this building and Loudon County provided a strange symbol for the topic of end-of-life in general. They were each remote. A diverse cross-section of stakeholders gather to discuss this topic that remains remote in relation to other issues of health and medicine.

Helping Physicians Make Their Way Up The Social Media Learning Curve

When patients hear the term “The Empowered Doctor” they may ask “I thought physicians were empowered. Staff, systems, procedures are controlled by them. What am I missing ?” at least from the perspective of Annette McKinnon, ePatient. Yet, “Doctors in their prime are going out of business,” says Dr. Simon Sikorski, President of Empowered Doctor … Continue reading

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