Time to Embrace Health 2.0

Authenticity is key to connecting with people around their health.

Utilizing technology to create behavior change takes an entrepreneurial spirit, passion to make a difference, and a holistic view of health.

A possible explanation for the reason that Health has generated its own “2.0” term are its applications across health care in general, and in particular it potential in public health promotion. One author describes the potential as “limitless”. (Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_2.0)

The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies in health care, including Online Communities, Search and lightweight Tools for consumers to manage their health and connect to providers online. Above all, Health 2.0 remains a venue where innovation in technology is introduced and ground-breaking ideas are shared to drive change in the health care system.

Articles and videos from this conference are quite thought-provoking for our outreach and engagement coming out of academia.

See What’s the point of Health 2.0? for a video and article coming from this conference.  A final quote from the video:
“Use Technology to Expand the Human Element”

In 2007, I presented and wrote about PatientsLikeMe.com, a site that allows patients to share and help one another. I knew this idea was valuable to patients!

In the time since launch (2005), the company has expanded to 9 disease categories, with plans to expand to many more. The company was named as one of the “15 Companies that Will Change the World” by Business 2.0 and CNN Money.[2] It was also featured in a March, 2008 New York Time Magazine article entitled “Practicing Patients”[3] and in December 2008 on a television segment with Sanjay Gupta for the CBS Evening News.[4]

Wikipedia reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PatientsLikeMe

Science Education in Ethiopia

Since I will be traveling to Ethiopia later this Spring and raising an Ethiopian-American child, I have great interest in environmental health in Ethiopia and making a difference there.

I was passed a nice web site that teaches chemistry in a more interesting way. You are able to click on elements within the periodic table and watch a video to learn more about that metal. See http://www.periodicvideos.com/#

It got more interesting when the University of Nottingham went to Ethiopia and helped the students make a periodic table in their language of Amharic. See the video below.

Here is additional information that shares the environmental health challenges of Ethiopia. Partnering universities are a great way to make a difference.

And this is great about how nice it is to give an Ethiopian scientist a new experience.

Engaging Environmental Health Education

There is a new “Health eHome” on-line that is quite impressive.   This content was created from an educational collaboration between WebMD Editorial and Healthy Child Healthy World.

Within this eHome, people can go room to room  and learn about the various toxins around their home. Most toxins can easily be replaced with alternatives. For some, such as personal care products, it takes being a “being a label detective”.  Can you pronounce all of the ingredients? That is a start.

The engagement factor combined with the valuable information provided and enhanced with videos, makes “Health eHome“a real winner!

Environmental Health Community Blog?

I think about new and innovative ways to build community with opportunities for people to share and discuss topics of interest coming out of the Environmental Health Sciences Center.

One way to do that is to build a blog that has many authors/contributors. I have been creating blogs that have me as the single author. For this topic, I think it would be much more interesting to get individuals who can share not just their expertise, but their perspective on the topic. Environmental health is a complex topic. Adding audio and video to the blog will create an educational experience with the opportunity to comment and add your own voice, while asking questions that most likely are valuable to others.

It can get a bit lonesome within the walls of the university. How can we really make a difference to communities? What can we offer them that will provide them a connection into the world of research and how the research relates to their health? We must use a platform that puts them in the driver’s seat helping them make decisions of how their own choices make a difference to their health and the health of others.

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