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It’s Not Glamorous but Let’s Talk Flu Season

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Not only am I passionate about causes, but I also care about improving health outcomes. Every now and then, I will talk about a timely health issue. Learn and enjoy.

It’s that time of year, ladies and gents. You know, when your co-workers, family members, and Facebook friends ALL start talking about “the flu.” Even typing those words makes me shutter. I think that I’ve only had the flu once in my adult life and I’m hoping that it stays that way for the foreseeable future. However, we don’t know what germs are lurking around the corner. And, that is essentially the premise behind the National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 2-8).

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Monday Motivation: How Far Will You Go for Change?

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A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend a luncheon hosted by the team behind the incredible MAKERS series. For those of you unfamiliar with it, the MAKERS’ site includes videos of women who have done and are doing incredible things. These women have blazed and are blazing trails in industries ranging from politics to education to health and they are all HUGELY impressive.

With Dr. Amy Lehman

At this luncheon, we had the opportunity to meet Dr. Amy Lehman and to hear her story. She is the founder of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic, which provides health care access to millions of Central African people who live in the isolated Lake Tanganyika Basin. Let’s stop here.

Can you please take a moment and soak in the awesomeness of that sentence? A floating hospital that provides invaluable medical services to those who might otherwise go without. Okay. Let’s continue.

As Dr. Lehman talked, I had a thought: What would’ve happened if she hadn’t accepted her mission to serve this community? As a surgeon trained at the University of Chicago, I’m pretty sure that she could’ve found a posh practice to show off her skills. But, she didn’t. Which leads me to this question: How far are you willing to go to make an impact?


Dr. Lehman’s incredible tattoo of the Lake Tanganyika region

When we discuss making an impact, we often limit ourselves to the communities around us. And, I don’t always mean community as a physical location. Community can be your affinity group (i.e. Catholic, African-American, or disabled), a specific neighborhood, or a specific cause. Like many things that we do, there is a tendency to stay within our comfort zone when it comes to assisting those in need.

As we close out 2012 and look ahead to a new year, let’s resolve to go one step further to make a difference. If Dr. Lehman can execute her purpose on another continent, then there’s no reason why we can’t execute ours across town.

To learn more about Dr. Lehman’s work, visit her website at

To learn more about the other women recognized by MAKERS, visit their website at


The Pursuit of Healthiness…

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On November 10th, the American Cancer Society and present “The Pursuit of Healthiness Powered by Social Media,” an online symposium discussing how women can leverage their influence online to improve public health in their respective communities. I am honored to be one of the panelists and will join a dynamic group of women around this issue.

My fellow panelists are:

Gina Carroll, Moms Clean Air Force

Renee Ross, Fellow ACS Blogger Advisory Council Member

Helen Jonsen, Working Mother

Emily McKhann,

Tonya Lewis Lee, A Healthy Baby Begins with You

Simone Smith,

I’ll be sharing my experiences in co-founding Red Pump and supporting various health initiatives in the social space. Join us at on November 10, 2011 from 1-2p ET for what promises to be a great discussion!