We are getting this chapter in New Orleans started and have some exciting partnerships in the works! Please post here to keep in touch!
- Who are you and where are you based out of?
Hi I am Noam Platt, I am a Healthcare Architect based out of New Orleans, Louisiana.
- What do you do, what are your passions and why did you decided to become an MMC Leader?
As a Healthcare Architect, I work with health systems to plan, design, and build new facilities. Part of my professional duties is to integrate the latest research into new healthcare construction. I also have been involved in the disability community for many years, starting in high school at Camp Dream Street, and then attending TOM events in the past few years. At these TOM Make-a-thons I saw the power of true interdisciplinary teams to affect real change given the chance to work together. In New Orleans, there is a huge need to assistive technology, and there are few resources in the area for people to turn to that need these often simple solutions. I saw an opportunity to leverage the local makers community and the healthcare systems I work with professionally to build a strong community.
- What are you hoping to get out of the experience of being an MMC Leader?
I want to learn more about how to build a durable and affective community to address the needs of those around us. I am hoping that this chapter becomes self-sustaining with the integration of local health systems and other partner organizations. Additionally, sharing the important work that MMC does with the general public will raise awareness generally for the disability and maker community.
- What are you interested to know about other Chapter Leaders?
I am interested to know what are the most important steps they took early in their chapter formation that had the biggest affect on the organization. What specific groups turned out to be very helpful? How do you keep members engaged day-to-day? What was the most effective use of your time early on in the chapter formation?
Any other tips, advise, or well-wishes would be extremely helpful to me! Thank you all for your help and support and I look forward to speaking with other chapter leaders soon.