Posts Tagged ‘Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 12.20.49 PMI’ve written about the BUILD Health Challenge in the past. You can see my prior post by clicking here. The BUILD Health Challenge is an initiative designed to foster and expand meaningful partnerships among health systems, community-based organizations, local health departments, and other organizations that impact health in the community.

The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have teamed up to improve community health and promote health equity through this effort. Overall, they seek to catalyze meaningful progress toward total population health. An important aspect of this effort is addressing the upstream factors that impact health. Often referred to as the social determinants of health, they include factors as diverse as early childhood development, economic opportunity, regulation and policy, the built environment, transportation and infrastructure, educational attainment, public safety, and housing.

While attending the Practical Playbook’s National Meeting in May, several participants in the BUILD Health Challenge (grantees) were recorded on video, speaking about their local initiatives. These videos do an amazing job capturing the essence of the BUILD Health Challenge. The examples of collaboration to improve the health of populations within these communities are outstanding. It is also great to hear how these organizations are directly addressing the social determinants of health! The first time I viewed these videos I knew that I would want to share a few of them on my blog. So, here you go.

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Twitter gets the news out faster than most any other medium. And that includes news of scientific research and reports on the implications of that research. Obscure studies can now find prominence and relevance via Twitter. And as a result of Twitter’s power to disseminate information rapidly, more people can take advantage of new research.

The infographic below explores the role of Twitter in sharing information about scientific research. My thanks to MediaBistro’s All Twitter blog for bringing this to my attention.


Back in 2010 I read an interesting article that discussed why Twitter is relevant to the scientific community. That article, published in Deep Sea News, came to mind when I saw this infographic. It was titled: What is Twitter and Why Scientists Need To Use It. If you’re interested in the relationship between Twitter and Science, definitely check it out. Here’s a link to a related article from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: ‘Retweet This’—Researchers See Rise in Use of Twitter to Share Scientific Journal Articles.

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Earlier this week I received an email from Roberto Wohlgemuth, Global Media Manager at Ashoka’s Changemakers. He was drawing my attention to a new online competition they are launching in collaboration the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Basically, the Designing for Better Health competition is part of a search for innovations that are helping people to make better decisions regarding their own health and the health of others. This is part of a global effort to identify those little “nudges” that people and institutions have launched in order to advance good health. You can check out the competition online at www.changemakers.net/designingforbetterhealth. If you’d like more information, you can also email them at designingforbetterhealth@changemakers.net.

The competition is open to all types of organization including charitable groups, private companies or public entities. Entries must demonstrate innovative solutions, and must go beyond mere concept to actually indications of success. If you go the website you’ll find clear criteria for winning entries (innovation, social impact, and sustainability).

The deadline for entries is April 1, 2009. (There appears to be a typo on the website that says April 1, 2008, but it is followed with more accurate information.) There is a special prize for the best early entry (February 18, 2009 by 6pm): A camcorder or digital camera worth approximately $1000 USD.  Overall, the top three entries will win $5,000 each.

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer

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