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George Halvorson HIMSS Changemaker Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech

Thank you for giving me this first ever HIMSS Changemaker In Health Care Lifetime Achievement Award. You are honoring an extremely impressive set of other current changemakers at this particular national meeting for 2021 and I am very honored and pleased to be the first person to be given the Lifetime Achievement version of this Changemaker award. Changemaking is a good thing. Changemaking is actually...

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We Need to Use Alpha Instincts to Make Us Safe, Not Sorry

We are all creatures of instincts. We have instincts to be territorial, hierarchical, maternal, paternal, and acquisitional — and those instincts tend to shape our cultures, guide our thinking, and activate and steer our emotions every day of our lives. Those basic sets of instincts shape common patterns of behavior across the planet — and they can be seen everywhere once we know what they...

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We Need Books for 80 Percent of Low-Income Kids — and We Need 80 Percent of Kids Ready to Learn by Kindergarten

We need to eliminate the learning gaps in our schools that are damaging so many children. The learning gaps have been getting worse — and that is happening because the basic realities of brain development science tells us that the things we need to do to close those gaps must be done for each child when the children are 15 months old — and there...

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