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Design Thinking Breakfast with Heidi Rataj

March 24 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Design Thinking Breakfast with Heidi Rataj

March 24 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Casual breakfast series to meet new folks, practice using design, design thinking, and other designerly approaches to advance social impact.

This is an online event. To access the event, click “Go to the event” on your ticket. This will lead to you a separate window where you will click the orange button saying “Join Now.

About Our Facilitator

Heidi Rataj is a leader and facilitator of design and story in health technology who heads the Diabetes Design Initiative (DDI) at UCSD DesignLab. She blends documentary storytelling and community to co-design for health equity in diabetes. Her latest work is focused on developing equity patient decision aids to improve shared-decision making for marginalized and underserved populations.

Read for more about DDI here, and Visual Diabetes Learning here.

Follow the links below to read more about Heidi’s work:


Lewis, D. M., Milo, J., Espares, J., Lin, J., Li, J., Tang, D., Rataj, H., & Aronoff-Spencer, E. (2022). Understanding the needs of people aging with type 1 diabetes: A user-focused research study with prototype diabetes advance directive and setting the stage for future research. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders, 21(1), 791–804.

Lars Muller, Gayle Lorenzi, Stephanie Kim, Allison Patacsil, Stefanie Mendoza, Vidya Raghvendra, Heidi Rataj, and Eliah Aronoff-Spencer.(2021, June 2–5). From Formulas to Pattern Recgonition: Design of an Interactive Data VIsualization to Understand and Dose Timing and Calculation [Poster]. Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes, Paris, France. https://www.eposters.net/event/attd-2021-advanced-technologies-and-treatments-for-diabetes-conference

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About Design Thinking Breakfast

  • Casual events in the Taylor Center’s Design Thinking Breakfast series.
  • The goal is to learn from each other. The format will evolve as we learn, together, what might be most valuable (and enjoyable!) to us all. Breakfasts will include both time to mingle and one or two quick activities to foster knowledge-sharing or community-building.

The DT breakfasts are open to all. No design thinking experience is required.

  • Come with an open heart and mind and prepare to learn and share with others in the local, regional, and international design thinking community.
  • Please invite anyone who would enjoy both sharing with and learning from other practitioners and educators in the greater New Orleans area, the Gulf South, and connecting with other people in the local, regional and international design thinking community.
  • When: One morning a month
  • Cost: Free
  • Accessibility: We offer every other Design Thinking Breakfast as a virtual event with live closed-captioning. In-person events are not recorded.
  • Contact: Graduate Assistant for DT Programs: Noah LeJeune — nlejeune@tulane.edu