Walking, Talking, Ward 8 Visualizing at the Walking Summit

Walking Summit Ward 8 Walk and Talk Washington DC USA00281
Walking Summit Ward 8 Walk and Talk Washington DC USA00281 Left to Right: Rosemary Agostini, MD, Kim Holland, MD, Group Health Cooperative, Jojo Cambronero, Seattle Police Department (View on Flickr.com)

Sometimes you can’t take people passionate about walking anywhere — that is, unless you are interested in changing everything, then you should go with them everywhere šŸ™‚ .

Thanks to community colleague Khadijah Tribble (@TribbleME) and fellow organizers, a group of nurses, doctors, law enforcement professionals, and other civic leaders walked in Washington, DC’s Ward 8.

If you don’t know what is meant about Ward 8, not to worry, the blog way-back machine will bring you back to my very first meeting with Khadijah, where she walked us through her community (see: The People of Washington, DCā€™s Anacostia are Building a Culture of Health ).

What I love about yesterday, though, is that Khadijah instructed us to not focus on what wasn’t right with the community as we walked it. Instead, she asked us to focus on its beauty. And there’s a lot of beauty.

We were joined by a team from Seattle, including my physician colleagues Rosemary Agostini, MD, and Kim Holland, MD, who are community health evangelists as part of the magical health system of the future, Group Health Cooperative (@GroupHealth). They’ve been doing a ton of work to engage people around walking in their city, and have engaged collaborators in the Seattle Police Department, who also joined us.

And that’s when our learning experience went to the next level…

In true Rosemary Agostini fashion, she engaged a group of Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department officers in Congress Heights to talk about community and engagement and safety. As you can tell from the photographs, it was a meaningful, authentic conversation.

On the way back to Ward 6, I got to learn about how community engagement and crime fighting work together to support a healthy community.

As it was said to me, “you don’t get information from people when you arrest them, you learn by engaging them.”

As usual, I see a lot of similarities to medicine and health care – disease fighting (or disease pre-emption) + member, patient, community involvement go a long way to understanding what creates health, and what prevents it.

I was really impressed by what I saw, by all the people involved. I obviously love learning, and I love learning how similar our perspectives are when it comes to ensuring that every person and community achieves their full potential. What is health care here for, and law enforcement, and civic leaders, and …. šŸ™‚

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  1. It was such a pleasure walking and talking with friends on this rainy day but I felt the sun shinning bright on us. All of the new people I meet on this journey was amazing this will be something I will remember for a long time. I would like to thank each and everyone for allowing me to share this time and space with them I am honored !

  2. This was my first walking Summit and a 2015 America Walks fellows! I will and have been using a lot of what I’ve learned from so many wonderful, supportive, passionate, caring and II could go on about the People and sponsors from all over! Lobbying day was new for me but I was amazed at the amount of citizens who care about their community and the People in it ! Walking, Biking is a way of life for all and I think we owe a lot of thanks to the lobbyist who really and truly run this country! Looking forward to the next one and the completion of this year’s study with America Walks and Fellows!

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