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Creating a Maker Movement for Health | #MakeHealth

Post Written By Joyce Lee

Join us for the We #MakeHealth Fest 2015

It has been an exciting journey of discovery since B and I started “making” for health in 2012. A major milestone was the formation of HealthDesignBy.Us, a collaborative community with deep interests in patient-centered participatory design and the “maker” movement.

Who is a “maker” and what is the maker movement?

Traditionally, makers are inventors, designers, tinkerers, and computer hackers who develop do-it-yourself (DIY) creative technology solutions. They share their knowledge and tech creations with other community members in peer-to-peer learning environments like meet-ups, makerspaces, or large community maker events and are contributing to a large scale maker movement both nationally and globally.

Why is making important?

As Mark Hatch describes:

“Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create, and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making physical things. Things we make are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our soul.”

What is the link between Making and Health?

In the arena of health and healthcare, patients and caregivers are doing their own version of “making”. Caregivers are hacking kitchen tools to ease the physical burden of caring for an elderly parent; parents of kids with type 1 diabetes are developing Do-It-Yourself mobile technology solutions for remote monitoring of blood sugars; and parents of children with rare diseases are creating rare disease research networks and potential therapies through the use of social media tools.

Making” and collaboration by patients and caregivers has resulted in the creation of some of the most innovative health solutions today.

To fix healthcare, we need to infuse it with the maker movement.

The Healthdesignby.us community is therefore excited to announce the 2nd annual We #MakeHealth Fest at the University of Michigan, an event designed to inspire a maker movement for health.

The We #Makehealth Fest

The objectives of this event are:

  • To learn about new tools and technologies (wearables, 3D printers, mobile technology) that could be applied to health
  • To connect with a diverse group of individuals (designers, programmers, tinkerers, patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers)
  • To support a movement that recognizes that we are all “Makers” of health, especially expert patients and caregivers.

We are extremely fortunate to host Susannah Fox, Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and José Gómez-Márquez (TED Global Fellow), and Anna Young (TEDMED 2015 Speaker) from the MIT Little Devices Lab as our keynote speakers for the event!

A dream team supporting making for health!

A “Making” for Health Academic Symposium

On the following day, Monday, October 26th from 9:30 am — 12 pm, we will be hosting an academic symposium in conjunction with the University of Michigan Medical School and School of Information, which will feature research focused on the Nightscout Project, a DIY/maker mobile technology project that has electrified the diabetes community. Come learn about a patient-designed, technology-driven, networked future of healthcare!

Please fill out the application to be an exhibitor or presenter at the fest HERE!

Please sign up to volunteer for the event HERE!

We are still looking for sponsors and/or in-kind donors for the event; if you are interested in lending your financial support please reach out HERE!

Please download the Press Kit HERE!

Visit www.makehealth.us for up-to-date event details!

#making + #health = #innovation

Yours Truly, Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, Doctor as Designer and the Make Health Planning Team:

Nancy Benovich Gilby, Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information; Patricia F Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Michigan; Matt Kenyon, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design; Scott Olson, Managing Director, M-PED Pediatric Device Consortium at University of Michigan; Sean Doolan, Masters Candidate, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Emily Hirschfeld, Clinical Research Associate, University of Michigan Health System; Kyle Palmer, University of Michigan Health System; Emily Puckett Rodgers, Entrepreneurship Program Leader, University of Michigan School of Information; Patricia Abbott, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing