[Health] Fwd: HealthJam day1 + Other Info

Mel Chua metamel at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 03:03:52 EDT 2008

> Hi ~ I'm always behind the wave on activities but I wanted to extend a
> warm THANK YOU for your great work organizing the HealthJam. I wish I
> could have attended, but I ran out of $$$.

Wish you could have made it! I can only speak for myself here, but it was a
very different experience than what I expected, but I learned a *lot *from
being there, and had a wonderful time (and the people there blew my mind).

> several countries expressed interest in opening a dialogue. I have a
> mission to address inclusive education for children with disabilities in
> the OLPC program (I have 25+ years in the disability and health IT
> fields).

I would *love* to talk with you about this. My summer development work will
be focused around using the XO as an inclusive tool for kids with
disabilities. (I have 16 years' experience as a kid with disabilities, and a
few more years as an adult engineer learning about how to build tools for
the kid I used to be.)

> BTW. Did anyone attend the recent American Telemedicine Association
> (ATA) conference held in Seattle?

Not from the Jam - although if others from this list were around, I'd love
to hear their thoughts and I'm sure others here would as well.

There are some presentation materials here -
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Presentations#Slides.2C_posters_and_materials -
but if you need something in simplified Chinese, I might be able to pull
something together after next week (if sometime in the first week of May
would be soon enough). It would be a good excuse for me to acquire a better
technical vocabulary in Mandarin.

Thanks for all your thoughts - they're incredibly helpful. I think we're
still trying to get solid ground underneath the feet of the OLPC Health
initiative, but *boy* are we running.


PS: Jammers - sorry I've been out of touch over the last few days. Internet
at the place where I'm staying is down, so it looks like I'll have to wait
to get to Bellingham this coming weekend to get stable internet for long
periods of time and catch up (I'm looking forward to being in Boston and
have a few precious weeks where I don't have to hunt for connectivity in new
spaces all the time!)
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