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By Madeline Heising | Monday, May 13, 2013
My bright blue tennis shoes were now brown because they were covered in so much dust and dirt. My hair was a matted mess under my Red Sox cap. I would have kicked myself for not packing more snacks in my backpack, but my legs were busy cursing my feet for making them walk 11 miles with no end in sight. At this point, I had little faith that I could finish the additional nine miles I still had ahead of me. How did I get into this situation? I recently participated in Project Bread’s 45th Walk f ... read full post


Tag(s): Wellness, Work Life Wellness Team, Walk for Hunger
By Azeem Mallick | Thursday, May 09, 2013
In collaboration with Nigel Deen, Research Assistant, Sandy Cohen, Research Associate, and Amy Reid, Research Associate Whether you plan on addressing the diversity of your organization solely from within, or the needs of underserved populations in communities throughout the country, it is important to take a step back and remember that this work, while being extremely rewarding, will not be met without challenges and roadblocks. In our first post we discussed and outlined a process of how to b ... read full post


Tag(s): Diversity, Inclusion, Disparities, Health Equity, Cultural competence, Awareness
By Sarah Dicioccio | Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Pack away your jackets and dust off your flip-flops sunshine and warm weather have finally arrived in Boston! But with a 9-5 job and a family, who really has the time to enjoy it? It is recommended that people spend 10-15 minutes in the sun a day. It can be difficult to soak up your daily vitamin D if your only time spent outside is commuting, particularly during the harsh winter months. The IHI staff decided to break this routine with the IHI running club! This is a relaxed, no-obligation ... read full post


Tag(s): Running, group fitness, wellness team
By Caitlin Littlefield | Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Below is a post to the Blue Shirt Blog by Madge Kaplan, IHI's Communications Director. It’s 4:30 AM and I’m woken up by the home phone ringing in the middle of the night. When I pick up, a woman identifies herself as calling from my elderly mother’s medic alert company. She tells me that my mother pushed her button a short while ago and an ambulance was called. “Did the ambulance come?” I ask. “Do you know where she was taken?” “We don’t know…they won’t tell us that.” “Who’s ‘they’?” I learn ... read full post


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Best Practices for clinical areas, Private & Group Care, Family caregivers and caregiving - all aspects
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