I am again very behind on blog postings and will be trying to catch up over the next few weeks. Recently, I was invited to give a talk at the Italian Embassy in DC on Healthy Aging and 2.0 technologies. My presentation was part of the Global Health Forum, which was titled “Healthy Aging Globally: A Life Cycle Approach.” Specifically, I discussed the role of technology in healthcare as population demographics shift to an older society. In my talk, I define Healthy Aging 2.0 as “the effective use of participatory and collective technologies and applications to develop and maintain optimal mental, social and physical well-being and function in older adults and their social networks.”
Special thanks to Amanda Hall, doctoral student in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida for her assistance and input to this presentation. Thank you to Dr. Susan Blumenthal, former Assistant Surgeon General of the US, for inviting me to participate in this forum and to Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata for his leadership, vision, and gracious hospitality.
Please let me know if you have any feedback or other examples to share about participatory technologies for healthy aging.
I have been honored to serve five years in the federal government at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as Director of the National Center for Health Marketing. We accomplished a great deal with limited resources in a short period of time. I am proud to observe that many other federal agencies and non-governmental organization are now following our lead. On a personal level, I am privileged to have worked with such outstanding professionals and to have made so many friends.
Therefore, it is with mixed emotions that I share that I am returning to my roots in academia. I have accepted a position starting July 1, 2010 at the University of Florida as Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Education and Behavior in the College of Health and Human Performance. There are outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumni associated with the department, college, and university and I look forward to working with them to continue and to grow on the excellence they have already achieved.
I will also establish and direct a new academic center at the University of Florida called the “Center for Digital Health and Wellness” that will focus on research, evaluation, and training related to the application of eHealth, mHealth, and social media to health promotion, disease prevention, wellness, and surveillance. As a tenured faculty member. I will also be able to spend a limited portion of my time on private consulting.
I extend my deepest thanks to all my CDC colleagues, collaborators, and partners and I look forward to creating new collaborations and partnerships in my new roles, and in a warmer climate, in sunny Florida.