PRESS RELEASE- THE BETES receives funding from Novo Nordisk for BETES Family Program 2016

As our first major corporate partner, Novo Nordisk’s support of our mission and work lays the ground for us to continue doing innovative theater-driven work in the field of the Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine. Thank you to Novo Nordisk for its persistent vision and commitment to innovation in healthcare !

What is the biggest threat to your health? its not at all what you think...

It is a true thrill to meet people who are committed to paving new paths, and who hold a deep commitment and understanding of the plights of others, and the failings of our current systems. Dr. Jeremy Nobel is one such person. Not only is he on the faculty of The Harvard School of Public…

Finding The Story within the Disease

The stories underneath our illnesses share more in common then their differences. Below is an incredible blog post from health advocate Rick Phillips— a story of him taking a question from one of our workshops: “What does your diabetes look like?” And applying it to his Rheumatoid Arthritis. “So what does my RA look like?…

A Cultural Model of Health: It Takes Time.

Yesterday, through a rather spontaneous sequence of events, I was gifted the opportunity of presenting the work of The BETES in Edgar Rivera Colon’s Qualitative Research Methods class at Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Department. Edgar and I have been following each other on social media over the past year. As a medical anthropologist, Edgar “ trains frontline African American…

Marry the Beast - Our Launch event (in the Huffington Post !)

On Saturday Feb 28th, the founder of the Big Apple Circus Paul Binder pronounced his vows of commitment to his Type 2 diabetes. The event, called “Marry the Beast” was the official launch of our organization and had close to 100 people in attendance. The event was covered by Riva Greenberg in the Huffington Post. Marry the Beast…

BETES workshop at JDRF TypeOneNation March 21!

We will be holding a 2 hour BETES workshop in Long Island this upcoming Saturday March 21 as part of JDRF’s TypeOneNation. http://longisland.jdrf.org/event/typeonenation-summit/ This particular workshop is for ages 3 – 11. Come say hi to us afterwards! We will have a table in the marketing area. Please help support our work in this critical…

"The healing process is much bigger then just medicine"

   Dr. Ken Gorfinkle on THE BETES: ” We can have impact on the healthcare delivery process as a whole, to make clear to providers how there is a giant missing piece of their patient care. We teach the medical world that the healing process is much bigger then just medicine. “ Please help support…

Health Care Is ________?

I wanted to share with you the myriad responses that were given by people in attendance of our launch event, “Marry the Beast” on Feb. 28th We wanted to make the process of name tags a bit more engaging, so before people came in we had them fill-in-the-blank for “Healthcare is_____ ?” Taking care of…

Re-thinking Evidence - Based Medicine

We’ve been following the excellent, analytical work of @Trisha Greenhalgh Her latest paper, written in partnership with several colleagues is: Evidence Based Medicine: A Movement in Crisis? ” Real evidence based medicine has the care of individual patients as its top priority It asks  “what is the best course of action for this patient, in these…

Welcome to The Betes 2.0 !

Hello and Happy World Diabetes Day! As The Betes nears our 1 year birthday, reflecting back on the past year certainly leaves me with a lot of food for thought. What are our next steps? What do we keep with us for next year, and what do we let go of? And the ever-present voice-howl…