[Health] Introductions

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Sun Aug 1 02:53:04 EDT 2010

On Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 1:45 PM, Beth Santos <beth at waveplace.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Now that I'm back in the USA, let's get people introduced to one another. I
> think a good idea might be to first introduce ourselves and describe our
> interests, then pair people up together (Etoys people with public health
> people and such) to take on different units (I'm assuming at least the
> majority of them will be based in Etoys so that teachers can edit them to
> make them culturally relevant in various locations). Then we can get a
> timeline going to see some of this stuff out.
> So if you can just take a quick five minutes to introduce yourself and to
> indicate what particular interests you have in terms of public health
> projects, that'd be great!
> I'm Beth and I'm the Outreach Coordinator for Waveplace Foundation. After
> doing a few laptop pilots using Etoys and OLPC's XO laptop, what I realized
> was really missing was some public health curricula that kids could use in
> our (and other) laptop programs around the world. I have my own computer
> program running in São Tomé that has benefitted from the Waveplace
> courseware but has also done a lot of development on its own. I've also
> worked in Haiti and St. John with Waveplace.
> Lots of interest in terms of public health, nothing in particular comes to
> mind, though I do have experience with malaria and AIDS prevention
> initiatives.
> Excited to be working with all of you and hoping that we can get some great
> work together!
> Take care,
> Beth
> PS Etoys Education Team-- I cc'ed you on this email in case any of you are
> interested in joining us on the OLPC listserv, which is our home even though
> it's technically a Waveplace project that we're doing. Let me know and I'd
> be happy to add you, or sign up yourself to the OLPC list at least!
> ---
> Beth Santos
> Outreach Coordinator
> Waveplace Foundation
> Tel: +1 610 797 3100 x 44
> Fax: +1 610 797 3199
> Cell: +1 603 661 1273
> http://www.waveplace.org
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I am Sameer Verma, organizer of OLPC-SF (tinyurl.com/olpcsf) and
closely involved in a handful of micro deployments in Madagascar,
Jamaica, and a couple micro deployments in India. My interests are

1) What impact, if any, does a community have when they have access to
health-related information through a IT platform such as an XO?
Initial topics of interest: sanitation, diabetes, blood pressure,
malaria and HIV/AIDS. This is a "kitchen sink" type question, but I
would like to see what we can do here.

2) The use of XO as a healthcare platform (base unit) into which we
can plug in all sorts of peripherals. I'm largely looking at Measure
in this context. Body vitals sensors, and data delivery mechanisms
(think collection and aggregation).

Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Information Systems
Director, Campus Business Solutions
San Francisco State University

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