Post written by Pritpal S Tamber     Over the last two-and-a-half months we published a series on Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) that explored what it would mean for communities to be involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions....

      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...

  Pritpal-S-Tamber-Medicaid-and-Community   Post written by Pritpal S Tamber   In California, it’s a tale almost worthy of Hollywood. In 2008, Alex Briscoe, the Director of Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency, stood watching a demonstration against the police after the shooting of a young black man, Oscar Grant III, by a white police officer.  He was there with the Medical Director of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division that he oversees, and together they watched the angry, largely black, crowd of demonstrators stop yelling at the police when a fire truck went by. Instead of yelling, they waved. To most, this would have been an idle observation but for Briscoe it sparked an idea. He had spent almost 15 years trying to get primary and preventative health care to low-income, largely black, communities. Given that 85% of fire fighters are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and that every fire department in the county was contracted to provide EMS, the fire fighters’ unique alliance and standing in the community made them the perfect health care delivery mechanism.

    Blog post written by Pritpal S Tamber   In this post, I am reproducing a chapter from The Alpine Review by Charles Leadbeater. He argues that creating the health systems of tomorrow will mean learning from the developing world, so-called reverse-innovation. He also argues...

    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...

    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...

  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!  

    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...

  Is the way we are working actually working?   I (AJ) met Pritpal S Tamber in 2013 here at the Center for Innovation and was quickly impressed with his insights into health care and his work for transformative change in how we approach innovation within health care. So when we started looking for people who are powering health from many non-traditional ways, his name immediately came to mind. Pritpal S Tamber is the Founder of the Creating Health Collaborative, was the Physician Editor of TEDMED 2013, and has more experience with various foundations and organizations (which we talk about in the podcast) to list here. I am so excited to introduce you to Pritpal S Tamber, and his work through our chat over Skype. Check out his website to read more on his thoughts on health care and innovation, and follow him on Twitter too! Enjoy the podcast after the break.