People come from all over the nation (and the world) to speak their mind about health issues in Washington, DC. I work at a DC-based online media company (Revolution Health) devoted to enhancing awareness of medical issues and empowering patients to take control of their health.
A few weeks ago I put 2 and 2 together and realized that I could practically tip a microphone out my window and get some really important and compelling health information straight from America’s most influential leaders and organizations. I began attending local meetings, and before I knew it, I was embraced as the local physician-journalist who provides press coverage for an online health audience.
I’ve gotten terrific feedback about my recent blog interviews with former Surgeon General Rich Carmona, and Governor Mike Huckabee, among others. So I figured – hey, maybe this is something I should do more often? Maybe the medical blogosphere would like to receive regular updates on the “goings on” in Washington? Someone’s gotta keep an eye on them, and why not a local “voice of reason?”
So I’ll continue interviewing my little heart out – and point my virtual microphone at groups and people who have something interesting and important to say about health issues. I hope you enjoy them!
Up Next: I just met with a group of mental health professionals (from the American Psychiatric Association and American Psychiatric Foundation) about an exciting new volunteer effort (Give an Hour) to serve the psychological needs of military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope to post about this initiative today or tomorrow here on my blog.
Later this week: Dr. Val covers the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids update. I’ll find out what we’re doing to break the smoking cycle at the earliest stages.
Much later this week: Dr. Rich Carmona gets a second visit from Dr. Val. As an unsuspecting victim of “round two,” our former Surgeon General is speaking at the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance.
This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at RevolutionHealth.com.