For most couples going through their first pregnancy your world is full of questions, doubts, second guesses, and a lot of trepidation in expectation of the first birth. Many of us have been there. Anything that can help relieve some of the worry is welcomed with open arms, and for the founder of Bloom Life, his experience led to the creation of Belli. Listen in after the break on his story and what drives him to innovate in the health care ecosystem.

  Post written by Susan Mazer   On 9/11, administrators at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, which cares for spinal cord and traumatic brain injury patients, quickly realized that continuous television broadcasting of the fall of the twin towers, people jumping from the...

      Post written by Pritpal S Tamber   One question has surfaced a few times over the last few weeks, and I wanted to reflect on it here: “How is what you are doing different to public health?”   Public health, according to Wikipedia, is: the science and...

    Post written by Pritpal S. Tamber   I’m a reductionist at heart so let’s start with a number – 20. This is the percentage that health care contributes to our health, according to Nancy Adler of the University of California, San Francisco. She was writing for...

  What does it take to do the obvious?   Post written by Susan Mazer, Ph.D.   So much research, and so little traction!  That is what’s been happening with strong data supporting the effective use of music with people with dementia. There is even research that points to the characteristics that music must have to help mitigate anxiety and stress for people with dementia, as well as patients in hospitals.  And, yet, it is still considered an exception to usual and customary care.

What does it take to do the obvious?

    Post written by Pritpal S Tamber   I was in the Netherlands a few weeks ago and met a small group of people trying to think courageously about the future of health. It was invigorating to see such bravery, often in the face...

  Saving the world one design at a time     After reading former CFI Fellow Samantha Dempsey's article in Scientific America, "How Design Can Improve Health Care for Everyone," we knew we had to connect on Skype and pick her brain! Samantha brings great insight into the worlds between design and health care, working as an Experience Designer for Mad*Pow. She brought some incredible thoughts to the conversation, and we hope you enjoy listening after the break.  
  How do you change culture?   We often recognize health and health care as an individual activity, but where do we fit inside our communities, and how can that help change our health? That's the question Andres Marquez-Lara asked when beginning his journey to building Promethean Community, and we sat down with him over Skype to learn more. Promethean Community harnesses the power of performing arts to support communities in catalyzing innovative, engaging, sustainable solutions to the challenges they face, and to build a more connected world where communities use performing arts and collaborate with the local creative talent to efficiently affect positive social change. Listen to the conversation after the break!  
  Nadine-Burke-Harris-MD     Post written by Nadine Burke Harris, M.D.   Three months ago, a TED talk I gave was posted on the Internet, and the emails, calls, and letters began pouring in — from across the country and around the world. Women and men from Texas and Louisiana, Australia and the Czech Republic urged me to do whatever I can to protect and heal children who are going through the same kinds of traumatic, stressful events they went through as kids. They shared with me their stories about those experiences and the many health problems they experienced later as adults. They also expressed their hopes and offered to be part of a solution. The letters touched me, and when I read some of them aloud at a recent staff meeting of the Center for Youth Wellness, my colleagues and I cried together. We also were deeply inspired.

    Post written by Pritpal S Tamber   By far the greatest need in health care is for its leaders to think differently. It seems highly unlikely that more health care, as we know it today, will be sufficient to meet the rising...