We work with healthcare workers to create tools that help them better communicate with their patients. In this animation, we are demonstrating an approach we use that allows physicians and other healthcare workers to write a script and have that animated. We observed that many people who don’t take their blood pressure medication don’t understand the actual reason for keeping blood pressure under control. This video is used in hospitals to help a patient understand the pathophysiology of stroke and improve adherence to these medications. Learn more about this project
Dica de Diabetes
In this project, we worked with artist Sarah Dobbins to create a year’s worth of weekly comics to help Portuguese speakers in Fall River, MA, understand how to manage their diabetes and improve their eating habits. Diabetes is a major risk factor for stroke, and both stroke and diabetes were higher than average in this population. These comics presented simple tips (‘dicas’) each week in the local Portuguese-language newspaper.
We worked with world-renowned bioethicist Dan Wikler on this project to make the process of making ethical decisions more accessible to public health students studying at Harvard and MIT. These videos have since become integrated into the core curriculum at Harvard School of Public Health.Ethical dilemmas are thought experiments that help a person to sort out their core values. Details are removed from a more real-life scenario in order to get down to this core belief. Once the thought experiment is worked through, this person is then better able to act on those values when making real world decisions. The bioethics curriculum at Harvard School of Public Health focuses on some tough decisions that healthcare workers often have to make when there isn’t enough medication to go around – and sometimes even when there is. Learn more about this project
The Bhutan Epilepsy Project
This project was conceived of by Dr. Hannah McLane when she was at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2011. While there, she came up with the idea that EEG headsets that are traditionally used for gaming could be applied in a medical setting and hooked up to a mobile phone. This simple idea became what we call The Bhutan Epilepsy Project, and has brought a much needed diagnostic tool to an extremely remote area of the world; this initiative is now being expanded to other countries. Learn more about this project