Our individual health is complex. In Milwaukee, we know what experts have long preached: That improving health care and health behaviors alone is not enough. Our health is connected to much more.
In fact, more than 50 percent of what affects your health has nothing to do with a visit to the doctor’s office or your own behaviors. While those factors are essential to good health, the majority of what affects your well-being is the environment in which you live. Quite simply: Healthy individuals result from healthy communities.
We have incredible organizations working within our communities to help improve all of the factors that result in better health. But where does technology fit into this equation?
It is a big question. And that is why today I am joined by a coalition of partners to ask you: How could technology make a strategic difference in improving the health and well-being of Milwaukee women, children, men and families?
Along with Dohmen Company Foundation, RedArrow Labs, NEWaukee, the City of Milwaukee Health Department and the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families at United Way of Greater Milwaukee, I ask you pitch us your answer in a Tournavation for public health.
What is a Tournavation? It is a way to open up a call for solutions to pressing issues facing our community. Like previous Tournavations, which have resulted in my HOME GR/OWN initiative and a series of art installations that have brought life to new locations, this Tournavation seeks to crowd-source ideas to create a single, tangible step toward improving the health of Milwaukee residents.
Don’t have tech expertise? Don’t worry! You tell us what kind of software or tech solution you think may aid on-the-ground efforts to improve health, or that may support the efficiency or operations of organizations, and Dohmen Company Foundation and RedArrow Labs will take the most viable, scalable and concrete idea to be developed by a team of volunteer IT professionals and gift it to the community. Medical devices will not be considered.
Ideas can be submitted through Oct. 14. The top 10 ideas will be selected by a panel of public health and IT experts, and will then be presented at a public event on Oct. 20 in City Hall. Please find details about the Tournavation and submit your ideas online at http://newaukee.com/event/tournavation/.
Share this news with friends, agencies and organizations working throughout our community. We want every person to have a chance to propose an innovative solution.
Questions? Join a public information session, set to be held Oct. 1 and Oct. 6 at Dohmen Company.
Here’s to continuing the movement toward a healthier Milwaukee.
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