Archive for: September 2012

This is Your Brain on Transformation

Sep 27, 2012, 10:45 AM, Posted by Mike Painter

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My recent journey to Mayo Clinic’s Transform 2012 began with a bike ride. I was up at 4:00 a.m. and drove for an hour to join hundreds of other cyclists in northern New Jersey for a 7:15 a.m. ride start. 107 miles and 7,600 feet of climbing later, I uploaded my ride stats to Strava, chatted some with colleagues, grabbed a bit of post-ride lunch, and blasted home. I made it to the Philadelphia airport just in time for my 7:00 p.m. flight. After a connection in Chicago, I arrived in Minneapolis around midnight, rented a car, and then drove 80 miles in the early morning hours across rural Minnesota, eventually arriving at my hotel in the town of Rochester.

Bright and early that morning at the meeting, feeling surprisingly bushy-tailed, I encountered a large gathering, almost like a mirage rising from the prairie, of curious, engaged people talking earnestly about how they were transforming American health care. But of course it wasn’t a mirage. It was real and impressive. Our national audacious effort to transform the health care colossus from its current state of dysfunction and inefficiency is impossibly complex and difficult. We know that. Nevertheless, my reaction to Transform 2012 was not simply because I found a large gathering focused on that health care transformation. No, the truly remarkable thing is that here was yet another of many large gatherings of engaged people working all over the United States to transform health care.

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What is a Pioneering Idea?

Sep 17, 2012, 3:09 PM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

As we re-launch the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s website and the Pioneering Ideas blog, it is a good time to pause and take stock of Pioneer’s role--and, a question we get asked often: What is a pioneering idea?

Most of what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation does is sharply focused on four targeted issues—childhood obesity, the quality and equality of health care, public health, and access to health care insurance—and two critical population groups—vulnerable populations and human capital.

The Pioneer Portfolio has a unique, but complementary, mandate. We seek to identify and explore new ideas and approaches that help shape the future of health and health care. We are dedicated to finding the next new idea – whether it is a game-changer that accelerates a breakthrough or an initial exploration into a new area. So what makes the cut? Why do we fund the ideas we do, and where do we go to find them?

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