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mHealth Innovator & A Book About Medic Mobile

As I type this I’m looking out over the Columbia Gorge from my parent’s home in The Dalles. Can’t get enough of my first autumn in North America since 2008. I spent two weeks in Montreal and Toronto singing at a friend’s wedding last month, and I will be in San Francisco next week with Echoing Green.

Work with Medic Mobile is still going very well and I would really appreciate your help with an online vote. I’ve been nominated as one of the top 11 mHealth innovators in 2011, and made it to a shortlist of 30 candidates. The top 11 will be selected based on an online vote. If you’re willing to help me out, you’ll have to first login (you have to create an account or login using your Facebook account). Once logged in, you should visit the Top 11 voting page. To vote just click on the rectangle that has my name, click the green Vote button at the bottom, and then confirm your vote. Not too much effort, and becoming one of the top 11 would be great for me because I’d get to attend the major mHealth Summit in Washington DC this December free of charge. Thanks in advance!

I also wanted to let you know that last night was the launch party for a book that has a chapter about Medic Mobile and the personal stories of Josh, Nadim and myself. The book was written by Jill Iscol and Peter Cookson, with a forward by President Bill Clinton. Getting interviewed and preparing for the book launch has been a rather humbling experience because the authors are so supportive and the young people featured in the other chapters all seem amazing. I’m happy to get the word out about our work, and proceeds from book sales go to Medic Mobile and the other featured organizations. If you’re interested, you can read more at, or read a recent article in The Daily Beast.

Voting closes this Friday the 11th, so thanks again for supporting me with the online mHealth innovators vote. Hope you have a glorious autumn!

FrontlineSMS Update for Malawi’s Ministry of Health Data Standards Meeting

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I have been working in Malawi for about six months now, and though I miss home (Oregon), I am beginning to feel comfortable and increasingly productive here. Malawi is a wonderful place to work. I have met many good people and seen much of the land. I have yet to explore so much more, but I have been very busy and very content with work.

Last Thursday, February 4th, I had the fortunate opportunity to present at a National Data Standards Meeting, convened at the Cresta Hotel in Lilongwe by Chris Moyo of the Central Monitoring and Evaluation Division of Malawi’s Ministry of Health. These slides offer a brief overview of FrontlineSMS:Medic’s evolution in Malawi, the current work that has kept me busy for the last six months, a few lessons learned, and some of our vision and strategy for the future.

If you have questions, ideas, critiques, or general feedback, I’d love to see it in the comments or on Twitter.

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