Positive Disruption: From an 1854 water pump to today

In 1854, John Snow disrupted a London neighborhood where a cholera outbreak had emerged, much to the dismay of many neighbors. After mapping recent cholera cases, he saw they had clustered around the Broad Street pump. His solution wasn’t to post flyers about his discovery to try to convince the residents to stop drinking the water (which he suspected was the cause of the outbreak). Instead, he simply removed the handle from the pump. No handle, no water, and, eventually, marked reductions in cholera cases.

Wired Health: Living by Numbers – a public health perspective

This past week, Wired magazine held it’s first ever conference on health. The speaker lineup was impressive, and the session moderators top notch at keeping the conversation both moving and on time.

JSI takes on South by Southwest Interactive

Originally a music festival, South by Southwest (SXSW) has grown into a sprawling annual event that brings together film, music, and emerging technology. Over the course of 10 days, thinkers, doers, and early adopters descend upon Austin, Texas, to share and exchange ideas, show off what they’ve been creating, or just to see what the … Continue reading “JSI takes on South by Southwest Interactive”

Youth, Mobile, and Health at Sex::Tech 2011

Mobile health is a hot topic. Youth want to access health information quickly and easily, especially when it comes to HIV. This could be anything from learning what HIV is, to answering a question about how it’s transmitted, to finding an HIV testing site nearby. And youth can (and do!) do this with cell phones. Mindy Nichamin at JSI writes about AIDS.gov’s participation in two recent conferences: Sex::Tech and Mobile Health 2011.

New Media and the 2010 National Gay Men’s Health Summit

Later this month, the 2010 National Gay Men’s Health Summit (GMHS 2010) will take place August 25-30 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to the recently released National HIV/AIDS Strategy, “Gay and bisexual men have comprised the largest proportion of the HIV epidemic in the United States since the first cases were reported in the 1980s, … Continue reading “New Media and the 2010 National Gay Men’s Health Summit”

About The Pump

Why are we blogging?
The JSI and WORLD EDUCATION CENTER for HIV and AIDS launched this blog as an effort to share more widely among our JSI and World Education staff worldwide, as well as external colleagues, reports from the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.