The Retreat Conversation Ground Rules.

The AFTA Board began its biannual retreat yesterday (#AFTARetreat). One of the main activities at the opening evening was a brainstorming of conversation ground rules. The list is included in this post. They are unedited and listed in no specific order.

Have you been in retreats in which the conversation was rich and productive ? What were the rules for conversation? What have you learned about effective rules for participating in board conversations? Please let us know!

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Public Health and the Elderly

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, and the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture J. Heschel

The field of family therapy has not fully explored the area of mental health issues with the elderly or their caregivers.  Some wonderful family therapists work with aging adults yet there is not a lot of literature to help guide therapists.  This post is not a critique of the family therapy field.  Nor will it highlight all the key public health areas that affect healthy aging.  Instead, I will use the next few posts to highlight just a few public health issues that therapists could address with families.

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eHealth and Cultural Competence.

By Gonzalo Bacigalupe

E-Health alters how healthcare clinicians, institutions, patients, caregivers, families, advocates, and researchers collaborate. Few guidelines exist to evaluate the impact of social technologies on furthering family health and even less on their capacity to ameliorate health disparities. Health social media tools that help develop, sustain, and strengthen the collaborative health agenda may prove useful to ameliorate healthcare inequities; the linkage should not, however, be taken for granted. In this article, we propose a classification of emerging social technologies in health care with the purpose of developing evaluative criteria that assess their ability to foster collaboration and positively impact healthcare equity. The findings are based on systematic Internet ethnographic observations, a qualitative analysis of e-health tool exemplars, and a review of the literature. To triangulate data collection and analysis, the research team consulted with social media healthcare experts in making recommendations for evaluation criteria. Selected cases illustrate the analytical conclusions. Lines of research that are needed to accurately rate and reliably measure the ability of social media e-health offerings to address health disparities are proposed. (Family, Systems, and Health, 2013 APA, all rights reserved)

MAPPS: How to Talk to Your Kids About Video Games

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Are video games affecting your children negatively?

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