THE GODDESS SPEAKS - YOU SHOULD LISTEN

  • I don’t mean to be Debbie Downer but…

    By Joy Portella, President, Minerva Strategies — If you’re like me, the next month is going to be gluttonous. It already started with Thanksgiving. My husband and I rolled home from three straight days of eating on the East Coast and there was only one thought in my mind: I cannot eat another thing. Until … Continued

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  • 3 tips for crowdfunding #likeaboss

    By Sara Veltkamp, Minerva Strategies — The outdoor gear company MSR has just ended the active phase of their crowdfunding campaign to raise money to distribute their Community Chlorine Maker, a device that uses a car battery to turn salt and water into chlorine that can treat water from unsafe sources. We’ve been pleased to partner … Continued

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  • Checking in with the bold, global vision of the UW

    By Joy Portella, President, Minerva Strategies— Intellectual Ventures CEO and famed patent holder Nathan Myhrvold recently proclaimed to Geekwire that, “Seattle is absolutely the Silicon Valley of saving the world.” That’s a bold claim. Some might call it hyperbole. But in a world where fact-checking is a dying industry and fake news can tip presidential … Continued

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  • My short-lived surgical career

    There I was, donning full operating-room garb, watching an accomplished surgeon begin the one-hour procedure that would change a woman’s life. The patient was a 35-year-old mother of six children – five living, and one stillborn after an obstructed labor several months earlier. That harrowing experience left the mother with a fistula, a hole between … Continued

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  • International Day of Men’s Razor Burn

    By Sara Veltkamp, Minerva Strategies — The typical global health communicator’s editorial calendar is jammed with cause awareness days.  These are days that nonprofits around the world try to galvanize supporters around a cause that is meaningful to their organization. They can be a very effective tool to motivate people to take action – whether that means … Continued

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  • Getting hit by a car after winning the lottery

    Sometimes when we talk about being born in the United States, we talk about it as “winning the lottery” – as the wealthiest, most powerful country with robust economic opportunity, how lucky to be born here.  But what if many of those opportunities could never be enjoyed because of early death or disease? What if … Continued

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  • Why we’re thinking about nutrition this Mother’s Day

    By Joy Portella, President, Minerva Strategies — It’s almost Mother’s Day, and Minerva wants to give a shout-out to all of the hard-working moms who manage to raise kids, hold down jobs, keep home base running, and not totally lose their minds in the process. You’re our heroes! We’d also like to tell you about a … Continued

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  • It takes hard work to be CHAMPS

    By Roger Burks – I’m not a big fan of sports analogies, but I am a college basketball fanatic. And it’s March. Throw in the fact that my alma mater – the Kansas Jayhawks – are the #1 team in the land, and that’s got me considering similarities between what happens on the court and … Continued

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  • Choking on coal in China

    By Joy Portella, President, Minerva Strategies — I remember visiting China for the first time almost ten years ago. I woke up in the morning, stood at my hotel window, looking down on the streets of Beijing and saw…nothing.  I could barely discern the outline of the building across the way, and off in the distance … Continued

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  • Going the Ultimate Distance for Women’s Health

    By Caroline Myran, Minerva Strategies — Hamlin Fistula board member competes in the World Marathon Challenge What lengths would you go to help someone in need? How many miles would you run? You hear about people running races for a cause all the time – relay for life, race for the cure – there are hundreds … Continued

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  • Heroin, AIDS, and Stigma

    By Sara Veltkamp, Sr. Associate, Minerva Strategies — Heroin use can bring out the worst in people, and I’m not talking about the users.  Try this experiment: Google “heroin overdose deaths,” locate the first media story, and then scroll down and read the comments to the article. You’ll discover that the stigma toward heroin use is … Continued

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  • Using data to work medical miracles

    By Joy Portella, President, Minerva Strategies — Last week, Rwanda’s health minister, a trained pediatrician, won a major global health award called the Roux Prize. Awards can be a dime a dozen, so I want to put this one in perspective: Between 1990 and 2013, life expectancy in Rwanda increased by about 15 years and … Continued

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  • “What ails you isn’t what kills you”

    By Joy Portella The global health sector is obsessed with what kills people. Most studies, not to mention disease advocacy groups, proclaim the death tolls of cancer or HIV/AIDS or malaria. But not many studies talk about what makes people sick. That’s unfortunate because the fastest growing health problem isn’t death – it’s sickness. As … Continued

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  • Our Opioid Addiction Learning Curve

    By Joy Portella, President, Minerva Strategies— Minerva Strategies has been working with our client Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS), which provides medication-assisted treatment for people in Western Washington who struggle with opioid addiction, for more than one year. I’ll admit that we knew embarrassingly little about this topic when we first got involved with ETS. I … Continued

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  • The one book – and seven billion stories – you need to read about global health

    By Joy Portella, President, Minerva Strategies — The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has been a Minerva Strategies client for more than two years. During my first meeting with IHME’s Communications Director Bill Heisel, we sat at a table with a pile of Excel spreadsheets in front of us. There were data as far … Continued

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  • Born in the USA

    By Sara Veltkamp, Minerva Strategies – This past Sunday I had the privilege of supporting good friends of mine through the labor of their second child, a baby girl.  I struggle to find words that describe the experience; it was stressful, intense, exhausting, and without a doubt the most beautiful and inspiring thing that I … Continued

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  • Un joven argentino y un invento que podría salvar millones de vidas en todo el mundo

    By Andrea Joseph – Minerva Strategies works with partners and clients around the world. This week we’re pleased to post our first Spanish-language blog, from Andrea Joseph, our partner in Argentina.  Read this post in English. Nicolás García Mayor pasó en pocos años de vivir en las ruinas de una clínica abandonada a convertirse en … Continued

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  • A young Argentine’s invention could save millions of lives around the world

    By Andrea Joseph – Nicolás García Mayor lived in the ruins of an abandoned clinic, but he is now the creator of a unique venture in humanitarian aid that led him to be voted one of ten outstanding young people in the world by a prominent international youth organization. Mayor knows about poverty and the … Continued

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  • A Healthy Train of Events

    By Kayla Albrecht, MPH Candidate, University of Texas Health Science Center – School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus- Chronic disease is king nowadays. With diabetes and heart disease on the rise, exercise and balanced nutrition are among the best medicines for securing a longer, healthier life. Yet our days are busier and workspaces more sedentary than ever … Continued

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  • Happy New Year! Now it’s time to get healthy…

    By Joy Portella, Minerva Strategies — Like many people, my New Year’s resolution includes a health kick: better eating and more exercise. This is almost a relief after the gluttony of the holiday season, but here’s another reason to put down those chips, or that cigarette, or that beer: They might kill you. I’m not … Continued

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  • Real stories of real recovery

      By Dan Sadowsky, Storymind Productions – Who doesn’t love a comeback story? It’s hard not to root for the person who’s lost something important but fights against a powerful force to reclaim it — especially if that powerful force is themselves. Redemption and recovery are the themes of two videos Minerva Strategies recently commissioned me … Continued

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