Olga Elizarova

Project Do Good: co-designing with community to improve health

Saturday, March 25 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

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Session Summary

In this talk I illustrate how designers are using co-design and community level data collection and analysis to expand our health system’s understanding of “health” beyond the traditional boundaries of hospital walls. I will illustrate these learnings with several case studies from our institutional and personal community volunteer projects. This work will build the case for bringing together multi-sector stakeholders and explore how we can collaboratively design with data for hope, purpose, and the social determinants of health to address the root causes of recurring public health problems.

About the Speaker

Olga is a dentist, behavior change analyst, designer and entrepreneur. After obtaining public health degree at Brown University she joined Mad*Pow the human-centered design consultancy to work in the digital health space as a Behavior Change Analyst. Some of the clients include CDC, Cigna, GE healthcare, Aetna, Cleveland Clinic, Joslin Diabetes Center, CVS etc. In her work she applies the fusion of her clinical expertise, public health knowledge and insights from analyzing data. In her free time, she designs volunteer projects with friends and colleagues. Together they are working towards creating a community of young people who want to volunteer their skills and expertise to help organizations and communities reduce their inequalities, and grow the sense of hope and creativity.