Disruptive Health Education Resources

Weekly RoundupTo round up our series on health and education, we present to you some disruptive health education resources. Whether you are a student, parent, or teacher, ensuring the health of our next generation should be a priority observed by all.

According to an article  in The Atlantic, students are not getting enough sleep. As noted in a new policy study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “The empirical evidence [of] the negative repercussions of chronic sleep loss on health, safety and performance in (more…)

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An Interview with Edie Burman

edEdie Burman has been a Language Arts teacher for grades 5-8 at Grace Day School in New York for the past 41 years. This is a small, private Episcopal day school on the south shore of Long Island. Its mission is to educate children in a traditional manner. Teaching the basics while also providing religious instruction, the arts, music, technology and physical education is the goal.  Before teaching at this school, Edie taught art at a junior high school in Brooklyn, New York after getting her degree in Art Education from Brooklyn College. (more…)

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An Interview with Amanda Sager

asAmanda Sager graduated from Bridgewater College in 2009 where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development. After college, she became the Site Director for the After School program at Cub Run Elementary in Rockingham County, Virginia. After a year at Cub Run, Amanda then moved to Mountain View Elementary in Rockingham County to open the Before and After School program as the Site Director there.  She was at Mountain View for three years before accepting the position as Behavioral Specialist at Spotswood Elementary School in Harrisonburg City. After two years at Spotswood she moved to Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg City to work with students with autism. Amanda started at Second Home same time as she started at Thomas Harrison. (more…)

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An Interview with Gigi Bate

gaGigi Bate has been working as a Public Health Nurse in the public school system in Virginia for seven years and since 2011 has been a Senior Public Health Nurse. She serves her school system as nurse to the Teenage Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program, along with coordinating health education among other school nurses in the county, developing programs to be delivered by school health nurses in the classroom and parent and school staff meetings for the public. Gigi received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine and Studio Arts from Allegheny College in 1977, her Certificate as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal from The George Washington University in 1979, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University in 2005. (more…)

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Disruptive Women in Health Care 2014 Summer Mini-Series: Back to School–At the Intersection of Health and Education

elbWhen thinking of what I wanted to do with my future, the one thing I was always sure of was that I didn’t want a job where I’d be chained to a desk all day. Enter: teaching. After working as a camp counselor for many years and being fortunate enough to observe and help in a variety of different elementary school classrooms throughout the past couple of years, I’ll be starting my junior year at James Madison University in the Department of Education—and I couldn’t be more thrilled about my experiences to come. (more…)

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Learning to Advocate

998195_410989845687629_1440879725_nEach August, National Immunization Awareness Month, reminds all of us the importance of immunization. Today, co-founder of Moms Who Vax and member of Voices for Vaccines, Karen Ernst, educates us on how to be a vaccination advocate.   

I get a lot of emails every day, but my favorite emails come from other parents who are reaching out to me as a peer looking for insight into the anti-vaccine movement. Some want advice on how to counter a particularly annoying anti-vaccine blog. Others have family members who will not vaccinate their children. Still others are amazed that an anti-vaccine movement exists and want to chat with me about it. I love these emails. I love that everyday parents are thinking about ways to take on this very vocal anti-vaccine movement. (more…)

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Good Things Come to Those Who Weight…

Displaying image.jpegSummer is almost over, the kids are already or getting ready to go back to school, the sun sets sooner than it did three months ago and the crisp air of fall is settling in. For many, this is enough to go back to your regularly scheduled programs of snuggling on the couch, watching your favorite fall premiere shows (come on Walking Dead!), getting out of the summer routine of enjoying outdoor activities and  trying to maintain the New Year’s resolutions that you set in January to get beach and summer ready. But I do not want to GET summer ready. I want to STAY summer ready. (more…)

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Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Greatest Hits

Pre-Judicial Career

  • 1970-1972: As a Professor at Rutgers Law School, founded the first law journal dedicated to women’s rights, Women’s Rights Law Reporter, and published the first casebook on sex discrimination
  • 1972-1980: Founder of Women’s Rights Project at ACLU and eventually ACLU’s General Counsel, arguing several cases before the Supreme Court that pushed the ball forward for women’s rights:
    • Reed v. Reed, 404 U.S. 71 (1971)-first time a law discriminating on the basis of sex (males were to be preferred to females when naming the administrator of an estate in probate court) was struck down under the Equal Protection Clause
    • Frontiero v. Richardson, 411 U.S. 677 (1973)-Struck down military requirement that required women in the military who claimed their husbands as dependents to prove the husband’s dependency, a requirement men claiming their wives as dependents did not have to prove. Important because she got four votes saying that classifications based on sex require “strict scrutiny”, the highest means-end nexus, which helped pave the way for the ultimate resolution of the question, that classifications based on sex get “intermediate scrutiny”, or must be substantially related to an important government interest
    • Duren v. Missouri-Missouri law granting automatic exemption to women from jury duty who request it, but not men, is unconstitutional since it denies defendants their Sixth Amendment right to a jury with a fair cross-section of their peers, in part because it shows women’s jury service is not as important as men’s (more…)

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Disruptive Woman to Watch 2014: Sunnie Southern

Sunnie Southern

Sunnie Southern

Sunnie Southern is one of our 2014 Women to Watch! Founder and CEO of Viable Synergy, Sunnie is a seasoned health care industry professional with deep expertise in market preparation and new product launches. She has worked with pharmaceutical, medical supply and HITECH companies. Read our article to catch up on this Woman to Watch!

What have you been up to since we last checked in?

We have been helping health innovators build and scale new products that are changing health and health care for the better.  These innovators are tackling a very diverse set of problems, from helping to improve life success factors for children and (more…)

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Clever Hospitals Find Another Way to Snag New Patients

Trudy LiebermanLast month, I wrote about a hospital system in Colorado that had discovered a way to cross market its more profitable emergency room services if a patient first came to its urgent care center. Pretty clever! Then recently I came across another health care marketing trick close to home and just as sly. As I sat on a New York subway one sizzler of a day, an ad for an ice cream cone grabbed my attention. Ice cream! Hot day! After a closer read, I realized the ad was not touting ice cream but the Center for Advanced Digestive Care, a part of New York Presbyterian, one of the city’s most prestigious hospitals and well known for its TV ads designed to cultivate brand recognition. (more…)

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Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Testing Changed Their Lives

Terri Prof Headshot 0412Susan was tired; tired of feeling foggy, bloated and unable to lose weight.  Her thyroid levels were out of whack and she felt awful.  Having just recently passed her 50th birthday, she assumed that this was what it meant to be a woman of a “certain age”:  A little heavier and slower than she would have liked, not quite as sharp, and generally, just feeling old.

It wasn’t until she watched other people coming into a lab that she co-owns and heard them talk about food intolerances did she consider that food might be causing her problems, not her age.  Changes to their diets, made after food intolerance testing, seemed to have worked miracles for her customers. (more…)

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August 2014 Man of the Month: Michael G. Dermer

md An innovator, author, entrepreneur and health leader,  our August Man of the Month, Michael  G. Dermer, is a true disruptor in the health care industry. Michael G. Dermer is the Senior Vice President and Chief Incentive Officer of Welltok. Prior to his current role, Michael was the founder and CEO of IncentOne, the first company that in 2003 identified incentives in health care as a critical solution to driving cost savings and engagement.  Since then, he has been guiding health plans, partners and employers in how to use incentives to deliver cost reductions. Today, he shares with us his perspective on what consumers think about rewards in health insurance plans.



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From Helplessness to Hope: A Reflection on the Death of Robin Williams

Wrenn_Headshot (2)Collective focusing moments occur when an event takes us by surprise, shakes up our usual state of inaction, and captivates our attention in a way that generates public discourse.

When I saw the first words of the subject line of the news alert on my email announcing ‘Robin Williams, dead at 63’, I was in denial, shocked, but expecting a sudden heart attack as the cause. The news that he died by suicide was even more shocking and (more…)

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ER Visits: Is Traumatic Brain Injury on the Rise?

Is it all in your head? Some new research suggests that more and more people are visiting the ER for traumatic brain injuries. A study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed the national trends in ER visits and noted a link in increased number of traumatic brain injuries. The researchers analyzed data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) database. This is a database that tracks emergency visits, and the reason for those visits.

What Researchers Found (more…)

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Getting It Right: What Working Families Need

Janice Lynch Schuster

When my first child was born, in 1990, I’d been working for nearly a year as a writer for a federal contractor. Until then, health policy meant little to me. In fact, if you’d asked, I could not have told you what it was, or what it meant to my life, and the life that I was making.

When I was hired, I read that I would be eligible for 4 or 6 weeks of maternity leave.  I also read that it took most couples a year to get pregnant: It took us a night.  It turned out that, by the time of my due date, I would be a week (more…)

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