Health Hats – 2016 in Review

I’ve been feeling my oats in 2016 as an advocate and catalyst for Empowering people as they travel together toward best health. As my dear friend, Mary Sue said, Danny, you’ve found your calling! Wearing my many hats, I often … Continue reading

Health, Wellness, and Medical Decision Support, Wherever and with Whomever

When diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I did little research. Here I was, a card carrying member of the research industrial complex heavily involved with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). I just couldn’t bring myself to Google MS.  I relied … Continue reading

Life literacy – If you can’t explain it to a six year old…

I play baritone saxophone in community Latin and blues funk bands.  Our professional musician leader teaches us the language of music theory – this week it’s Minor Dorian and Lydian scales. As an amateur I understand about a third of … Continue reading

Harmonic Convergence

Consider the fabric of best health. The Quadruple Aim (Best patient and clinician experience, best population health, reduced cost) is that fabric. The weave of that fabric is information about our personal and collective health and health journeys. The warp … Continue reading

Your Communities Need You!

Black Lives Matter! Disability Rights! Women’s Right to Choose! Gimme My DaM Data! Calls to action. In the early 60’s my parents were Fair Housing activists. They were the first whites in Illinois to adopt mixed race children and were … Continue reading

What’s Pokeman Got to Do With It?

I went to a meeting in Chinatown attended by parents with children on the autism spectrum going to Boston Public Schools. The attendees spoke Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, English and Bureaucrat-ese. The parents helped each other advocate for services for their … Continue reading

The jumble of research

Next week, I’ll be attending PCORI’s (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute) Communication and Dissemination Advisory Team meeting in DC. Research is ink on paper until people at the center and clinicians receive the results in an understandable and useable form: … Continue reading

Talking about Uncertainty

How do we people at the center of care speak about uncertainty in health among ourselves? How does uncertainty even come up in thought or conversation? I feel [fill in the blank]. Sometimes we feel poorly and speak to no … Continue reading

Uncertainty and Comparative Effectiveness Research

Last week’s post  began a discussion of managing uncertainty in the health journey. That journey has many decision points. We can make some of those decisions ourselves and we can rely on others to make some decisions for us – family, friends, health … Continue reading