Next for #dchealth: Health Camp and The Walking Gallery

D.C. Health Data and Innovation Week has had a promising start with the weekend’s Code-a-Thon. While the judging was close, the Healthy Plate team came in second (for a prize of $3,000), and the School Fit team took top honors—and $4,000—for its app that addressed the childhood obesity epidemic by building transparency.  School Fit’s app combined ranking school fitness levels with location information, really targeting the issue of obesity via civic, educational, social and family connections.  Check out photos from the two-day event here, and for a thoughtful perspective on the Code-a-Thon process, take a look at these two blog posts from Ted Eytan, MD.  Alex Howard Storified the weekend, too—you can see a social media snapshot of the event right here.

Monday, June 4, we have not one, but two D.C. Health Data and Innovation Week events at the Center for Total Health.  The first, HealthCamp DC, is bringing together people from all across the health sector:  Health system and policy leaders, nurses, doctors, technologists and more. asks participants to explore “Empowering Patient Engagement,” but the event is an un-conference, which means that the attendees, themselves, set the agenda for the day.  For more information, visit this website.

Monday’s second event at the Center for Total Health is The Walking Gallery—an art exhibit where the art is worn by attendees rather than hung on walls.  Patients, medical professionals, tech gurus, private sector executives, activists and artists will wear jackets and lab coats painted with the story of a patient or an element of medical advocacy by artist and patients’ rights advocate Regina Holliday or other artists.  In the words of Regina, the gallery, which now has 125 jackets, “advocates for the inclusion of the patient view and story in the halls of technology and medicine.”  The event is free and runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Center.  Interested in attending?  RSVP here.

Wish you could be here in person but can’t make it?  You can follow along via the #hcdc and #dchealth tweetstreams (or take a look at the live stream in the right margin of this page).  We will be covering all the action, and we welcome you to follow us at @kptotalhealth.

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