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Clean Living through “Forest Bathing” – Reasons Why Americans Need to Embrace What The Japanese Have Known For Decades

I recently wrote a Guest Blog Post for Hiking Trails for America and the Friends of the Florida Trail.  I have been on the Board of Friends of the Florida Trail since its founding by Jim Kern.  Jim is the founder of the Florida Trail and a number of non-profit hiking organizations.  His mission now is to complete the 10 National Scenic Trails that still have gaps or unprotected sections.  You can help support our efforts by signing the petition. There are many health benefits to getting out into nature and this Guest Post documents a few.

Here’s a picture from my recent trip along the Suwannee River on the Florida National Scenic Trail. Click on it to read the Post and please sign the petition.  Thanks!!

 

 

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The Jefferson Population Health Colloquium – A Full Serving of Population Health

 

Population Health continues to be a major buzzword around the healthcare industry. At the recent HiMSS 17 conference in Orlando the talk of population health was everywhere from the vendor booths to the presentations, but where does one turn to get more than just the IT focus of population health? Where can one get a sense of the breadth and depth of population health from operations to policy, current status to future state,  provider implementations, data and analytics, patient engagement, in the weeds medication adherence and wearables to large community based initiatives? In other words where can one find a full serving of all that population health is?

That place is the Jefferson Population Health Colloquium, also in its 17th year.

This year’s event features keynotes ranging from the Future of Managed Care to Good Health is Good Business: The Results of an Innovative Alignment with Physicians and Communities.

Here are just a few of the many leaders providing keynotes this year include:

The balance of keynotes can be found on the program Agenda. The range and diversity topics covered is impressive.

Digging deeper into the Colloquium’s agenda we find ‘mini-summits‘ and ‘concurrent sessions’ on day two covering the following topics:

And concurrent sessions:

The most difficult part of this conference is deciding which sessions to attend. The complete agenda is available here, and a direct registration link for full details, here.

Also on Day two will be the awarding of the Hearst Health Prize For Excellence in Population Health now in its second year, this $100,000 prize goes to……..? Check out last year’s debrief of the winner ‘Community Care of North Carolina‘.

Tuesday evening closes with an optional dinner session, but one definitely worth attending to hear from Michael Dowling and Dr. Stephen Klasko on a panel moderated by David Nash MD, MBA.  This interesting and informative panel will discuss The Future of Clinically Integrated Networks a critically important component of creating a better health system and integrating population health.

I hope to see you there.

 

 

 

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Guest Column in Local Paper: A call to action to improve community’s health

The Florida Times Union published a Guest Commentary I wrote on Improving the Health in our community

Guest column: A call to action to improve community’s health

Humana recently launched its local Bold Goal initiative with a conference at UNF. There were excellent presentations and I was honored to participate with a distinguished group of panelists from the Duval County Health Department, hospitals, providers of care and the Duval County Medical Society. It was nice to be involved in the event and try to play a small part in improving the health in the community in which I live.

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I’ll be posting a longer version with all the citations here.

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The Florida Trail, 50 Years and Why these Trails are More Than Just a Walk in the Woods

Recently I took part in the Florida Trail Association (FTA) Annual Conference. The FTA develops, maintains, protects, and promotes a network of hiking trails throughout the state, including the unique Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). This event celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the FTA’s founding.

A Brief History

The National Scenic Trails were authorized under the National Trails System Act of 1968 that began with the naming of the Appalachian Trail (AT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) as the first National Scenic Trails. The AT was originally founded by Benton MacKaye and completed in 1937. It’s over 2,000 miles long. Earl Shaffer was the first person to do a complete single thru-hike of the AT  in 1948. Earl was a soldier returning from World War II who said he was going to “walk off the war”.  More on this and its relevance to current day later.

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Jim and Fred at the unveiling of the sign.

The Florida National Scenic Trail another of the eleven National Scenic Trails is about 1,300 miles long and has its own originator, Jim Kern. The weekend was a well-earned celebration of Jim’s vision to establish the Florida Trail 50 years ago.  Jim is also a co-founder of the American Hiking Society, and founder of Big City Mountaineers which takes under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions.

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Upcoming Webinar: Why Health Literacy Matters to Your Business

October is Health Literacy Month, a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information.

Please join me as I moderate a panel on  Why Health Literacy Matters to Your Business during a free webinar from EdLogics featuring top experts from across the country.

The panel includes:

  • Tommy G. Thompson, Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Governor of Wisconsin

Join us as we explore the strong connection between health literacy, health outcomes, and healthcare costs – and learn what you can do to make a difference.

Date: Wednesday, Oct 26, 2:30-3:45 pm EDT

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