JavaScript DHTML Drop Down Menu By Milonic

Welcome to the

Media Press Room

  • Normal Size Larger Size Largest SizeText Size
  • Print this Page
  • Email this Page
  • Bookmark this Page
Press Media Alerts

If you're a credentialed journalist for a media outlet, you can receive the latest issues and topics in food and nutrition delivered direct to your inbox.

 

Subscribe

Nutrition Informatics Blog

Just a Touch of Inspiration

 Permanent link   All Posts

Maybe it’s something that only comes with age—but I am always looking for a touch of inspiration. Not really concerned if there is someone whispering “sugary sweet” (apologies for the food pun) in the background.  I sat down today in search of a bit of positive encouragement-- and read cover-to-cover, the Washington Post. I am one of those who still love the hard copy of newsprint. Yes-will read it online, but love the hard copy. Coffee in the morning just does not taste the same without it.

Ok—in today’s world of challenges, one particular story caught my eye—the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation just received a “William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding” for their work in global health issues. The Washington Post article in itself was enough to prompt me to ask—what is it I give back? On reading further, the article tells of their $35 Billion philanthropy, which has, an almost overwhelming world health vision. Example: A vision of eliminating polio.  Much of their work has helped reduce childhood deaths from 20 million in 1960 to 8.8 million by 2009.  The reality that “8.8 million child deaths per year” is a smaller number is instantly sobering. For someone who could have rested on his laurels after the visionary creation of Microsoft—I am inspired. 

Even more so when I read on—the Gates and billionaire Warren Buffet this year challenged all wealthy individuals to give at least half of their worth to charity. I can hear the response now--“Easy for them”—they have lots to give away. But the fact that they have already had forty (40) signed up “so far”, is enough for me.  It struck me that for those of us who are passionate about our “work”, love what we do--making a contribution to society doesn’t seem like a challenge.  Such is the work of the present health IT situation—those working on the implementation of the HITECH Act likely feel like they are working full time and—volunteering--for the future of health care. This story gave me just that bit of someone else’s inspiration that can enable the rest of us to make a difference.

 


I am truly inspired by what Bill & Melinda Gates are doing. We need more people like them in the world.
I recently learned that they are giving away their fortune and applaud their efforts.
Posted by: Scott Franks( Visit ) at 11/20/2010 2:04 PM


Hi Scott,
I couldn't agree more. After reading the paper many days, I sometimes need to hear about people like them. It will be interesting to see how others follow their act. Thanks for the post.
Lindsey
Posted by: Ivonne Cueva_1 at 11/22/2010 2:51 PM


Leave a comment
Name *
Email *
Homepage
Comment

Nutrition Informatics Blog
Blog Home
Subscribe to blog
Get the Blog RSS Feed


Search Blog
Most Recent Posts
Archives
Recent Comments

Member Comment Requested: EHR/PHR Nutrition Best Practices Implementation Guide

11/2/2013 9:54:34 AM
Lindsey, I am interested in reviewing this document but am unable to access it even when logged ... more »

Member Comment Requested: EHR/PHR Nutrition Best Practices Implementation Guide

11/2/2013 8:29:21 AM
the webauthor link isn't working

An Informatics Solution to Productivity Tracking

10/31/2013 7:16:49 AM
Is it possible to share this tool with us?

An Informatics Solution to Productivity Tracking

10/16/2013 8:49:19 AM
Can you share? I would like to be able to share with intern how sites are tracking.

Who needs standards? In Health Care?

7/9/2013 9:13:00 AM
I couldn't agree more. Margaret and Elaine, along with other subject matter experts, are doing a fan... more »

Categories
Useful Links