August 9, 2022

Below are the Contents of our current ABL Healthcare Online News & Trendletter + Mimi Grant’s Blog/Vlog

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Myra SantosPooja Bhalla, DNP, RN, is Co-CEO of Illumination Foundation (IF), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless adults and children, to disrupt the cycle of homelessness. IF provides a full continuum of care from street to home, including case management, medical coordination, behavioral health and substance use counseling. It also provides housing navigation to its vulnerable clients in shelters/navigation centers, family emergency shelters, recuperative care/medical respite facilities, and permanent supportive housing. In July 2022, IF, along with CalOptima and Orange County Health Care Agency, were selected as one of eight teams to join Partnerships for Action: California Health Care & Homelessness Learning Collaborative (more information about this below in ABL-Health Member News). Pooja joined IF in 2017 as Executive Director of Healthcare Services, and more recently was named COO, prior to becoming Co-CEO in 2022. She has created a highly advanced approach to addressing the healthcare needs of the homeless population, including creating an innovative partnership with the Illumination Foundation Medical Group. Prior to joining IF, she served the homeless population with Boston Health Care Homeless Program for 20 years, at the beginning of her nursing career. Pooja has joined ABL-Health’s Southern California Round Tables.


  • 8/03 – Orange County ZOOM Table – Extended Discussion Topic: “Adapting to Changing Times & Trends Impacting Healthcare”
  • 8/9 – Silicon Valley ZOOM Table – Discussion Topic: “Lessons Learned from Leading Multiple Businesses” – Featured Member Presenter: Nick Focil, CEO of FOMAT Medical Research & Chairman/Co-Founder of Febo
  • 8/18 – Bay Area (OAK+SF) ZOOM Table – Discussion Topic: “Technology That’s Reshaping Healthcare” – Featured Member Presenter: Barry Clark, President and CEO of WestFax
  • 8/19 – Los Angeles ZOOM Table – Discussion Topic: “Technology That’s Reshaping Healthcare” – Featured Member Presenter: Barry Clark, President and CEO of WestFax

BLOG by Mimi Grant, President of ABL Organization



Mimi recently participated in the “Living Longer Festival: Health + Wellness 2050,” held at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building on the National Mall. Here, Mimi shares a brief photo journal, with captions, of her incredible experience.

National Museum
In 1879, the “National Museum” – the nation’s first, was “crowned” on the Washington Mall. Last November, after being closed for the past 20 years, the renamed Smithsonian “Arts + Industries Building” (AIB) reopened its doors to host the “FUTURES” exhibit. Over the eight months of the exhibit, FUTURES looked at a number of themes, including the future of AI, Generative Design, Conservation, Energy, Transportation, Work, Fashion, Gaming, and “Healthcare – in 2050.”

The Doctor is In (Space)
On June 25th, the “Living Longer Festival: Health + Wellness 2050,” highlighted a special demonstration entitled, “The Doctor Is In (SPACE),” “demonstrating” how an astronaut using a MedWand on a patient in space could conceivably link with a terrestrial doctor for an exam. MedWand’s Co-Founders, Bob Rose, CEO, and Samir Qamar, MD, CMO, were frequently seen on-hand answering questions from the 12,000 visitors who toured the Exhibit on “Solstice Saturday,” when several of the Smithsonian museums, including AIB, stayed open late – some till midnight.

Living Longer Festival
Later, I had the honor of moderating an outstanding panel of experts, supplemented with questions from the audience who “Interrupted Your Regularly Scheduled Panel” throughout “WIYRSP: Living Longer in the Future.” To kick it off we introduced “Elizabeth,” a great grandmother, who was captured on her grandson’s iPhone for the masses when she demonstrated her impressive moves as she got down to Bruno Mars at her 100th birthday party surrounded by friends and family…


Mimi Grant’s Vlog:

To Boost or Not to Boost: That Is THE Question

In response to several ABL Tech Members’ musings about whether or not they should get a second COVID booster, Mimi dived into the research. In this video, she reveals the FAQs – and answers – she came up with.

CLICK HERE to watch Mimi’s 4:32-minute vlog.

To Boost or Not to Boost - That is the Question

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