Data and Innovation at the Climate-Health Nexus

Health and health data are not confined to the popular measures of what we eat and how much we exercise. As technology, sensing, and data gathering capabilities evolve it is only appropriate to ask ourselves what more can we as individuals and communities contribute to understand and impact our health. To further this conversation on Tuesday, April 7th, Ernesto Ramirez, Program Director for Quantified Self Labs, will be participating in a Symposium on Data & Innovation at the Climate-Health Nexus coordinated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as part of an expert panel. Quantified Self labs is eager to contribute to these important discussions about how new technological solutions for understanding the impact of climate change will impact personal and public health. This work aligns closely with our new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported QS Access Program, where we are committed to raising awareness about the importance of access to data of all types for building a Culture of Health.

Additionally, Quantified Self Labs is announcing the launch of a series of community challenges focused on generating new methods for sensing, visualizing, and understanding personal health in the context of environmental data, with special emphasis at the hyper-local scale of individuals, families, and neighborhoods. Quantified Self will work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency and other entities to launch Personal & Community Environmental Data Challenges, calling on researchers and companies making wearables, sensing, data-visualization, and digital health-tools to join a national conversation about the importance of gaining a more detailed view of environmental impacts on health. The community challenge will be formally launched at the 2015 Quantified Self and Public Health Symposium to be held this May in San Diego; and the first round of challenge participants will be announced at the annual Quantified Self Conference and QS15 Activate Exposition in San Francisco on June 18-20, 2015.

About Quantified Self Labs
The Quantified Self is an international community of users and makers of self-tracking tools, who share an interest in “self-knowledge through numbers.” This includes people who are doing personal projects as well as developers, hackers, and entrepreneurs. There are more than 100 Quantified Self groups in more than 30 countries. QS Labs, LLC, is a California-based social enterprise that supports the Quantified Self movement worldwide. Our mission is to inspire meaningful discoveries about ourselves and our communities that are grounded in accurate observation and enlivened by a spirit of friendship.

Ernesto Ramirez
Program Director
Quantified Self Labs

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