[Live Google Hangout] Scaling the Self-Tracking Movement: How Can Wearable Technology Impact Health Outcomes?

Now that more than a third of American adults own a wearable device, what’s the next step? How can we use self-generated data to improve health outcomes for ourselves, but also for our communities? Join MHA@GW and a panel of multidisciplinary experts on Tuesday, August 11, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST for a live event broadcast on Google Hangouts about the future of wearable technology as it pertains to health.

Among other things, we’ll talk about the ways wearable devices are currently being utilized; socioeconomic barriers to wearable use and access; and what needs to change in order for these devices to help translate the individual self-tracking movement into something that could improve population health outcomes.

Join the Conversation on Wearable Health

Whether you are someone who never leaves home without your wearable or someone who remains skeptical of the movement, we’re eager to hear from you. Here’s how you can contribute your thoughts to the discussion:

    1. Participate on Twitter by tweeting at us and our participants and use the hashtag #GWMHA.

  1. Submit your questions via the live Google Hangout discussion.


About the Panelists

Pierre Vigilance, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice & Associate Professor of Global Health Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University [MODERATOR]

A leader in public health practice, management, and education, Dr. Pierre Vigilance has more than 20 years experience in health and wellness including a decade in the public sector most recently as the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health. In July 2013 he became the Associate Dean for Practice and Associate Professor of Global Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University where he teaches and mentor students, develops relationships to expand the school’s network of public health practice and social impact partners, develops opportunities interdisciplinary projects, and advises population health partners both domestically and abroad.

A native of London, England with West Indian roots “Dr.V” is an avid soccer fan, lover of cooking, music, design, and travel. In his late 20’s, and sometimes breathless at 5’9” and 248lbs, he made a decision to improve his health. A combination of significant dietary improvements and a training regimen that includes CrossFit, running, swimming, bicycle riding, yoga (and way too many burpees) have helped him maintain a 70lb weight loss, and provide countless clothing donations to local charities. “My food fight continues,” he says, “but I continue to learn ways to maintain better balance.”

Blair Palmer, Innovation Lab Lead at UNICEF

Palmer is currently part of UNICEF Innovation where she serves as the lab lead for San Francisco. UNICEF Innovation is an interdisciplinary team of individuals tasked with identifying, prototyping and scaling technologies and practices that strengthen UNICEF’s work. Previously, she has worked to advance mobile health technology as a director at Medic Mobile, conducted infectious disease research at the University of California-San Francisco and the Institute for OneWorld Health, and led corporate responsibility efforts to improve access to health care worldwide while serving as senior manager of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care for Levi Strauss & Co. She also worked as manager of public affairs at Gilead Sciences. For her work, Dell Computers recently named Palmer to its #Inspire100 list of world changers in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education and media who use technology to empower and inspire others. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and earned a master’s degree in public health from Yale University where she was nominated for a Fulbright Scholarship.

Jacqueline Fellows, Senior Editor at HealthLeaders Media

Jacqueline Fellows is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media, a full-spectrum publisher of digital and traditional media focusing on the business of health care. Her weekly column on physician leadership focuses on the unique issues physicians face at hospitals, from health systems and in group practices. In addition to writing cover stories forHealthLeaders magazine, she contributes a monthly business feature about hospital service lines to the magazine.

Prior to writing for HealthLeaders Media, Jacqueline spent 10 years as the host of Morning Edition for NPR member station Nashville Public Radio. Her reporting on health care, state and national politics, and Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans was featured regionally, nationally and internationally. She is an award-winning journalist for her work in both broadcast and magazine journalism.

Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD, Program Director at the National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE)

Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD, is a resident of the District of Columbia and is currently the Program Director for Place-based Initiatives for the National Collaborative for Health Equity. With degrees in sociology, health education, and exercise science, her research, academic and professional interests are on the social and physical environment and their influences on health behaviors, specifically in Black and urban populations, and the health benefits of parks and green spaces. Her life’s work is improving the health of communities through engagement, activity, education, exposure and opportunity, truly believing that a healthy life is lived better outdoors.

Teresa Wang, Research and Strategy Manager at Rock Health

Wang leads research efforts at Rock Health  — a full-service seed fund that supports digital health care startups. Prior to joining Rock Health, she worked at Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banking Analyst covering not-for-profit healthcare systems. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the Vagelos life science and management program with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and a Bachelor of Science in economics, with a concentration in health care management and policy.

This panel isn’t designed to arrive at conclusive answers, but rather to generate a thought-provoking discussion surrounding the intersection of technology, data and health as it exists outside of the individual user. What’s your take on the evolution of wearable health? Join the discussion on Twitter or send us a note at social@mha.gwu.edu.