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Transportation + Health

We've all heard that "active transportation" makes people healthier... how can we use data to explore the nexus of transportation and health? 

Let's explore the data out there and see if we can write code to "mash up" different aspects of transportation and health. Yes, this is a challenge for YOU to explore and create! To get you started, we've assembled a set of health-related data resources. If you are interested in giving a quick demo of your app or data visualization, contact Michael to sign up.

We'll be joined by Jeff Olson (principal, Alta Planning + Design, and author of The Third Mode), as well as presenters from George Mason University, George Washington University, Rails to Trail Conservancy, and more. But the Techies membership is programmers who love transportation, so we invite everyone to explore the data and see if you can create anything you can share with us. Viva #TechiesDCHealth!

Our special health sponsor

This meetup is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente (@KPShare), the nation's largest non-profit health system, with the support of Kaiser Permanente Digital Technology and Operations (@KPDigitalHealth), Kaiser Permanente Green Healthcare (@KPGreenHC), and of course Every Body Walk (@everybodywalk).

The venue

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth) is a unique educational venue, with state of the art technology and touch screen displays to foster conversations about health.

Healthy food, healthy conversation

Kaiser Permanente aspires to improve the health of our members, employees, our communities and the environment by increasing access to fresh, healthy food in and around Kaiser Permanente facilities.  Kaiser Permanente supports food systems that are ecologically sound, economically viable and socially responsible by the way food is purchased.

A meetup to talk about health (or any meeting) should be healthy, shouldn't it? We're here to support a culture around all of the determinants of health, including transportation. That's what we mean by total health. 

We'll be catering this one with choices that are healthy, delicious, and provide the right energy to solve challenging problems. You can look at samples from our flickr pool to prepare your palate

Getting here

Please note that three entrances share the address of 700 2nd St NE. The Center for Total Health entrance is the northernmost of these. 

The Center for Total Health is co-located with the Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, and the facilities are not attached; allow yourself 15 minutes of potential wandering time to find us (and celebrate the added health benefit of those extra steps!)

Directions from Union Station Metro:

• Enter Union Station and head toward Amtrak Gate K
• Follow the signs to Kaiser Permanente’s Capitol Hill Medical Office Building, which are placed along the walk from Union Station
• When you reach the entrance into KP, bear left toward the elevators.
• Take the elevators to G (ground floor)
• Exit to the sidewalk (go outside), turn left, and walk two doors North to the Center for Total Health

Detailed map is below. Because parking is at a premium, we recommend not driving (and why would you take passive transportation to this meetup anyway).

Questions about the venue? Erin Meade, [masked], @erinm81

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  • Melissa M.

    Thanks for a great evening - really enjoyed the diverse topics, the short and energetic presentations, the mastery of the presenters on their subjects, and the enthusiasm for bringing people and technology together to make communities better. I'll need to come out to more of these. ;)

    March 7, 2014

  • Tom F.

    Many thanks to our wonderful KP hosts Erin, Keith and Ted. Tasty food and a great atmosphere!!

    March 7, 2014

  • Sheryl

    Too many presentations

    March 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      ;) good feedback - I'm glad we strategically took 1 minute off of each one and implemented the hug timer! Hope the rest of the experience was good - food, networking, tech etc.

      2 · March 7, 2014

    • Sheryl

      Hugging very cute and presentations were good. Food and service really nice perks.

      March 7, 2014

  • Michael S.

    Here's our hackpad: https://hackpad.com/Transportation-Health-YFTOAYkHN99 - everyone is welcome to add their notes & links

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Chris P.

    A great evening. Thanks to the Transportation Techies and Kaiser's Center for Total Health.

    March 7, 2014

  • Patricia C.

    Awesome as always!

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Photos posted! http://www.flickr.com/photos/taedc/sets/72157640789283673/ All are creative commons licensed, feel free to use in future presentations/projects.

    Blog post(s) coming soon. Thanks for coming out and helping us create the healthiest meetup ever :)

    As we mentioned to you last evening, now that you've seen the 80-foot video touch wall devoted to walking, you have a chance now to help us re-factor it as it nears its 3rd birthday -> give us your comments! http://centerfortotalhealth.org/youre-invited-share-your-ideas-for-telling-the-total-health-story/

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good meetup - thanks everyone. My slides and links to related stuff are at https://speakerdeck.com/silverberg/realtime-transit-and-more-on-google-glass

    2 · March 6, 2014

  • Tom F.

    Mobility Lab is excited about joining our friends tonight at Kaiser. See you at 6!

    March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone, we're all set for tonight with delicious healthy food, and even a custom transitscreen (thank you!)

    Michael sent the agenda out, but here it is again - yes - amazing group.

    "We are so exited to have Jeff Olson (Alta principal and author of The Third Mode) presenting tomorrow. In fact, we have a crew of awesome people joining us: Tracy Loh from Rails-to-Trails, Jamie Palumbo from GWU, Chris Pyke from the Green Building Council, Laurie Schintler and Raj Kulkarni from GMU, Mark Silverberg from Social Health Insights, and Marc Cunningham from John Snow, Inc. (Oh yeah, me too!)"

    I posted an image of our shiny TransitScreen and the agenda on my blog as well - http://www.tedeytan.com/2014/03/06/17305

    One final reminder to take extra time getting here - for first time visitors it is not straightforward. Map above. See you soon!

    March 6, 2014

  • James S.

    I can't make this event but I'm working on an app for crowdsourcing transportation to medical facilities if anyone wants to PM me.

    February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi James, can you post information here about it or tweet me/us @tedeytan Thanks!

      March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really looking forward to presenting my "Ask Metro" (for upcoming trains and buses) using Google Glass (and/or good old text messages) at this event. You can try out a live prototype at http://askopendata.com or see a static photo here at http://socialhealthinsights.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/1956940_10152270453169252_45270692_o.jpg

    February 19, 2014

    • Danny W. P.

      Mark, I am looking to build public transit glassware that latches on to the system in the city your in. I would like to know more about your Metro app.

      February 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      @Danny - happy to chat with you about this. It's not going to be a walk in the park by virtue of each city having a different set up and some, like DC, not fully supporting GTFS-RT. Feel free to find me at the event or email me at [masked] and we can discuss offline

      February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello again everyone! I wrote a blog post with some ideas for data mashups from my semi-techie brain that might inspire for some demos on March 6 -

    http://www.tedeytan.com/2014/02/10/17214

    Also, Michael's going to announce that Charlie Denny and Jeff Olson from Alta Planning will be joining us - Jeff is one of the principles and connected to the creation of the bikeshare systems we love so much...he's got a key to every city:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/taedc/12000037663/in/set-72157639870029525

    Oh wait, I guess I just announced it..oh well, he'll announce it too, along with some other demo'ers and speakers.

    Get excited, and we're monitoring this board if you have any questions or ideas on how to get started on things.

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Welcome to #TechiesDCHealth ! Our team is looking forward to hosting. I gave this presentation at the January meetup to explore some of the datasets and issues you might be interested in tackling:

    http://www.slideshare.net/tedeytan/20140102-transportation-techies-meetup

    If there are data sets you have questions about, experts you'd like to hear from, or other topics you'd like discussed, post in the comments and/or tweet me/us @tedeytan / @techiesDC / @mvs202 . We'll create and post an agenda based on your input!

    January 6, 2014

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