Yesterday was love a red head day. Today is love a lawyer day. So, thanks for the double love if you’ve visited my tiny corner of the world!
It’s been crazy around here of late, and my posts have suffered for it. But I am working out here…really! Here’s a few things still sort of in beta, but since all of the fab 13 are cool enough to keep it on the D/L, I thought I’d share…
1. Interview with Abdul-Hakim Shabazz on drug crisis in the US and Indiana – This is a huge problem. Sixty minutes also had a featured story last weekend on the heroin problem in our neighbor next door, Ohio. Here are my show notes on Indiana. Abdul stated he was going to put the interview in a couple of places soon.
If any of politicos are reading this blog, I think we need to get naloxone OTC in the 2016 legislative session in Indiana for this problem. We also need to get more needle exchange programs up and running. And, I think we need to stay as far away as possible from legalizing marijuana right now, because so many people state that it is the gateway to heavier drug abuse. (I know that won’t be popular with the tax revenue generating types, but tough.)
Last but certainly not least here, my pharmacist friends are getting robbed. A lot. We are #1 in the country for pharmacy robberies now. Indiana pharmacists are under the gun–literally. We need to consider stricter and longer penalties for juveniles who choose to rob pharmacists.
(BTW – if you are a pharmacist, please take 5 minutes to complete the annual Continuing Education (CE) needs assessment – it helps us figure out what programming and education we need to put together for 2016 for pharmacists. Link is here.)
2. Global health – In one of the classes I teach, students are giving global health system presentations on several different countries around the world. The last day is Monday. What is so striking about this is that every country brought up thus far has had significantly lower costs, and better care (through metrics like infant mortality and life expectancy) than the U.S. It’s time to really start looking to see how other companies do healthcare. Our system is a mess.
3. Vook reports – In the entrepreneurship in healthcare elective this week, students had to turn in 3-minute vook reports, or video book reports on one business book they read during the semester. Then they had to comment on each other’s videos. Great books like Lean In, Jab Jab Jab Right Hook, the 4 Hour Work Week, and Zero to One were all discussed. After taking altMBA this summer and having this video assignment, I wanted to try it in class. The students made it look a lot easier than it actually was to create videos! Awesome! Also, put up a social entrepreneurship lecture for ethics class at Butler this week too. Last in this realm, I created my first ever business plan canvas on an idea I’m helping out Butler on…stay tuned on what that exactly is – but try the one page canvas if you have a business idea – it’s a good place to start.
4. SQL – I’m trying to learn mySQL for work. For those of you not like Dakota and into big data, it’s relational-based data software. Think Excel on steroids, or Excel with the ability to pull multiple datasets from multiple Excel spreadsheets in queries. Anyway, after a 2.5 hour training session today online at Coursera, my brain is a little fried.
5. Continuing Education – We almost have a new homestudy CE up for pharmacists – it’s undergoing a final review now – but here it is on immunizations. Thanks to our speaker, Carrie Jung, for experimenting with us at the day job on this… And our annual needs assessment is up – if you’re a pharmacist and could take 5 minutes to fill it out – I’d REALLY appreciate it!
6. ASPL – I’m speaking in Miami next week about BU Well at the American Society for Pharmacy Law annual meeting. Super pumped, because the pharmacy law educators for the most part are pharmacists and attorneys – so they easily get the idea of law review. Presented BU Well at the IUPUI Assessment Conference too – that went pretty well–although, I still don’t really yet know how to assess an “awesome” infographic vs. an “OK” one….
7. STEMPrincess2 – of course is coming – but surprise emails have popped into the inbox for last minute details… And there’s the two teams of children’s books cooking at Butler – Ralphie and his insulin pump adventure, of course, and Andi, Chase and the Mysterious Case…
8. Class where I’m the student – On top of ASPL in Miami next week, I’m also attending a one-day course on Presenting Data and Information, which looks like it will teach us design strategies for conveying information. Maybe I’ll get some infographic ideas here. Oh, yeah, and #SMDames15 is coming up on Friday, November 20th!
9. Cleaned up the 2015/16 Pharmacy Meetings Calendar and the Certifications Grid. Super pumped about some of the meetings next year!!!
10. Other – working on some big stuff for 2016 this week too. Stuff, unfortunately that I can’t talk about just quite yet. But hopefully, soon…what I hope to accomplish here in 2016 is to reach a bigger audience, particularly in healthcare. We shall see how this pans out…
So, what have you been up to? Maybe soon we can catch up and discuss. I’ll bring the redheaded lawyer along…