RWJF Pioneering Ideas Podcast: Episode 6 | What if? Shifting Perspectives to Change the World
Oct 20, 2014, 9:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team
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Welcome to the sixth episode of RWJF’s Pioneering Ideas podcast, where we explore cutting edge ideas and emerging trends that can help build a Culture of Health. Your host is Lori Melichar, director at the foundation.
Ideas Explored in This Episode
Sharing Health Care Providers’ Notes (3:08) – OpenNotes’ Tom Delbanco and Jan Walker talk with RWJF’s Emmy Ganos about why they decided getting health care providers to share their notes with patients was an essential innovation–and where their work is headed next. Here’s a hint: what if the 3 million patients who now have easy access to their clinician’s notes could co-write notes with their providers?
Rethinking How We Solve Poverty (18:46) – Kirsten Lodal, founder and CEO of LIFT, talks with RWJF’s Susan Mende and shares some simple ideas with the potential to revolutionize our approach to helping people achieve economic stability and well being. In a thought-provoking conversation, Lodal connects the dots between improving the well being of those living in poverty and building a Culture of Health.
A Historian’s Take on Building a Culture of Health (27:58) – Princeton historian Keith Wailoo and RWJF’s Steve Downs discuss how deeply held cultural narratives influence our perceptions of health, and how today’s “wild ideas” are often tomorrow’s cutting edge innovations.
...On opening up health care providers’ notes and what’s next:
“What I would like to do is spread the responsibility for health beyond the health care system. The health care system is good; I hope that it gets better, but there are so many other parts of our lives that contribute to our well being.” – Jan Walker, OpenNotes
“It will be a very different world in the future. And we do think that OpenNotes is kind of giving people a peek into it. It's a first glimmer that this kind of transparency, this kind of approach to things, while it's passive now, it just opens up an enormous amount of possibilities for the future. And that's what really excites us.” – Tom Delbanco, OpenNotes
...On rethinking how we solve poverty:
“People's lives are like rivers... they flowed before coming into contact with us, and they will flow after having contact with us. And so the opportunity that we have, the privilege that we have is of most positively affecting the trajectory and the velocity of that flow. But if we forget that–if we get too swept up in having to own everything that happens in a person's life–then we won't build the best solutions, because we won't build solutions that provide people with the support they need to navigate the flow of that river over the long term.” – Kirsten Lodal, LIFT
...A historian’s take on building a Culture of Health:
“Our concern with aggregate trends is an important one in tracing the shifting demographics of health in our country, but to understand what health actually means involves actually putting the data aside and thinking about lives and thinking about individuals and thinking about what these trends mean on an individual level.”– Keith Wailoo, Princeton University
Now that you’ve listened – talk about it! Did anything you heard today get you thinking in new ways about how you can help build a Culture of Health? Do you have a cutting-edge idea you’d like to discuss? Comment below or tweet at me at @lorimelichar, or consider submitting a proposal. Be sure to keep the conversation and explorations going at #RWJFpodcast.
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Learn More About These Topics
Tom Delbanco, Jan Walker and OpenNotes
- Read OpenNotes’ Tom Delbanco and Jan Walker’s recent article in The Journal of the American Medical Association, “Let’s Show Patients Their Mental Health Records.”
- Would you like to see OpenNotes in your practice or your doctor’s office?
- What happens when patients read what their doctors write? Read about Dr. Leana Wen's experience on the NPR Shots blog.
Kirsten Lodal and LIFT
- Does where you live affect how long you live? Watch the video and find out.
- Watch LIFT’s simulation showing what it’s like to step into the flawed social services system and what we can do to change it.
- At Chicago Ideas Week, Kirsten challenge us to rethink how we understand and talk about poverty.
- Kirsten Lodal joins leading voices in policy and practice for a discussion on poverty in the U.S. in The Atlantic's Reinventing the War on Poverty event.
- Learn more about RWJF Investigator Award winner Keith Wailoo’s new book, Pain: A Political History.
- Wailoo was also recently featured in our What’s Next Health series. Check out his video and an infographic inspired by his ideas.
And One More!
- As Lori mentioned, six communities received a $25,000 cash prize in recognition of their accomplishments in leading some of the nation’s most innovative efforts to build a Culture of Health in their community. Learn more about our Culture of Health Prize winners.
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