The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is one of the top-rated medical groups in California with more than 6,000 employees and physicians working in over a dozen locations across the San Francisco Bay area.
Educational instruction is a key element to the development and growth of the organization’s mission to raise awareness about vital health issues and risk behaviors. In collaboration with schools, law enforcement and other health care groups, PAMF offers classes, lectures and interactive community outreach programs designed to help people better understand health concerns and learn the necessary skills to make quality decisions that promote, maintain and restore one’s health.
As manager of Health Education, Becky Beacom creates and coordinates patient education classes and community events centered on primary health risk issues impacting the region. One area of focus explores teen health and hidden risk factors for engaging in risky behaviors.
“The objective is to reveal the truth about the impact of misperceptions that overestimate risk and underestimate the health of their peers,” stated Beacom. “The challenge as a presenter is you do not want to make people feel bad, but instead have an open and powerful discussion about viewpoints.”
Becky’s presentation setup involved participants taking a paper survey, crumpling it up and then tossing it around the room several times to keep them anonymous. While she presented, two people tallied the results, which would be incorporated for an open discussion. Becky admitted the process wasted valuable time and wanted to find a solution that would allow the organization to present dynamic, interactive lectures while collecting responses in real time.