Learning to Love Yourself by Becoming Someone Else
“We’re all born naked, the rest is drag.” – Rupaul I am a drag king, meaning I was assigned female at birth and take on a male persona in my performance. In addition to being fun and making me money, becoming another character for a night helps me to better appreciate being myself. I first started performing as a drag king while I was a student at Oberlin College. Each year, the campus hosted a legendary drag ball (so massive it was once covered by MTV-!) where you could compete for cash prizes, so as a lifelong lover of attention and player of dress-up, I was in! At the time, I identified as a femm...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

How to Train Your Thanksgiving Guests to Compost
Oh no, you don’t,” my mom says as Uncle Jimmy attempts to scrap leftover green beans into the garbage.“That goes in my compost!” Acting as the compost police at holidays is perfectly acceptable with close family members but you may not want your in-laws to think you’re cuckoo for compost. Here are some tips to offer more gentle suggestions to your Thanksgiving guests about how to separate food scraps for composting. 1. Place containers near trash Everyone seems to congregate in the kitchen at gatherings, so make your compost container easy to access in a crowded kitchen 2. Upgrade and label co...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Diabetes – Who’s in Control?
What if you had no control over what you ate, when you ate, how much energy you had, or what you weigh? What if, on top of this, you had to test your blood 6 times a day and give yourself injections, carrying around your supplies constantly so you would be ready no matter what else was going on in your life? Now, throw in that you are 15 and just want to be normal, like everyone else, eating pizza when you feel like it and going wherever you wanted? Kimberly Young was that teenager. She, likes hundreds of thousands of other American teenagers, has type 1 diabetes. Diagnosed at the age of 4, she was never like other kids. S...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Jeanne Pinder: Woman to Watch 2014
Pursuing the deeper narratives behind health care stories throughout her professional career, Jeanne started as a journalist at the age of 13. Celebrated by Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, as well as the New York Times, the Tow-Knight Foundation, and the McCormick Foundation’s New Media Women Entrepreneur’s Program, Jeanne launched ClearHealthCosts to bring transparency to health care by sharing cost information in a searchable, online platform through crowdsourcing out-of-pocket expenses from patients. WZ: When you first launched into the professional world, what career paths were you...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Apne Aap: Stopping Intergenerational Prostitution in India
As I hold the fragile baby named Khushi in my arms, I smile. She looks healthier than she has in the past few weeks. Her life was almost over before it began. She is four months old but the size of a newborn. Born at home to a family of six siblings, her mother was struggling to keep her fed. She almost died of disease until Priyanka and Monika, two staff members of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, came and convinced the mother to take her to a hospital. Last fall, there was another baby boy the same age as Khushi. He too was born at home to a family of nine siblings. When he got very sick with a high temperature, we pleaded with...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

What ’s the Best Way to Retain a Health Worker? Just Ask Her!
By Kate Tulenko. The world currently has a shortage of some 4 million health workers. This shortage is amplified by a complete mismatch between where health workers are stationed and where they are most needed. The healthier and wealthier a community is, the more health workers it has. The poorer and sicker a community, the fewer health workers it has. The situation is worsening as every year hundreds of thousands of health workers move from poor, rural, and underserved communities to wealthier, metropolitan communities with a surfeit of health workers. This occurs both within countries (a nurse moving from a rural area to...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Sixth White House Conference on Aging: Now It ’s Time to Do More. A Lot More.
Around the country, people at more than 700 “watch parties” gathered to tune into a livestream of the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) on Monday, July 13. Hosted by the White House in the East Wing and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with an invited audience of about 200 attendees, the sixth WHCOA featured more than two dozen speakers, most notably President Obama. They heard about many accomplishments, a few shortcomings, and a commitment to taking forward some solutions—but not enough. Striking a tone that was both optimistic and pragmatic, the President observed that even as challenges ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

17 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2017
Today, we are proud to launch our 17 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2017. As is our custom and commitment to our thesis—Disruptive Women seeks to highlight women from a broad cross-section of disciplines, all of whom profoundly impact health and health care. This year we are doing something different. Given the enormity of the issues we are facing globally, when it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, we are focusing this year’s class of extraordinary women on those who are committed to ridding the world of this scourge. Lest you think this affects only the elderly (whatever that means), have...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

An Unwelcome Guest: Living with Chronic Pain
When you have lived with chronic pain for a while you come to know exactly what to do when it shows up in your life–nostrils flared, clamoring to be let in, so noisy you can’t turn him away. Whenever he (or she) shows up, you blame yourself for his appearance. Did you let stress habits way with you? Did you not sleep well or long enough? Did you walk too fast, too long, too soon? Did you eat something you shouldn’t have, or forget to take something you should? The more you fret over what you’ve done that you could’ve done differently the more pain makes its presence known. You know what you ne...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Alexandra Drane: Woman to Watch in 2014
This week, DW honors Women to Watch in 2014! For this series, we will highlight women in the fields of technology, health, and science that are truly disrupting the status quo. Check out DW’s own Whitney Bowman-Zatzkin’s interview with Alexandra Drane. After growing up watching her father leverage technology to entice and revolutionize companies, Alexandra Drane launched into her own career in pursuit of using technology to help people live healthier, happier lives. As her fourth startup, Eliza Corporation does just that – making investments in health engagement management to improve health care experienc...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

August 2010 Man of the Month: E-Patient Dave
Richard Davies deBronkart Jr , known by many as e-Patient Dave, is a cancer patient and blogger who, in 2009, became a noted activist for health care transformation through participatory medicine and personal health data rights. In 2010, he became a published author and Disruptive Women in Health Care’s August Man of the Month. I was a middle-aged guy going through life, as involved with my own health care as I was with my car’s carburetor, which is to say, virtually not at all. And then I found out I was almost dead. That’s how my interview with Dave started. Dave was diagnosed in January 2007 with Stage...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Last Best Cure: How Simple Tools Can Improve Health and Well-being
My research scientist grandmother used to respond to my complaints of being “stressed out” by asking, “What’s stress? Just a force that holds up a bridge.” On that one count, I’m afraid she was wrong. Contemporary research points increasingly to the significant negative effects of stress on our physical health, and its role in fueling chronic health problems and autoimmune disorders. Increasingly, science points to the healing powers of our own minds in countering the physical damage stress can cause and improving our health and well-being. In her book, The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Aw...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Finding Commonplace on Digital Spaces for Campus Well-being
In the fall of 2015, Colorado State University welcomed its largest and most diverse freshman class in the history of the institution. It is an accolade that has become a pattern on our campus for nearly a decade. While more and more students of color, international students, first-generation students and students from out-of-state choose CSU, it becomes increasingly important that our students find the support they need. With each new incoming class, we look for new and improved ways to support the consistently growing needs of our students who experience anxiety, depression, and high levels of stress on their way to succ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Exposing the Silence Project
“Well, at least you have a healthy baby!” is one of the most common phrases a mother who went through a traumatic birth experiences hears. While the friend or family member may mean well and simply be trying to show optimism, he or she is often isolating the deep pain the mother may be going through. As part of my research on maternal health, I came across the photography and advocacy project Exposing the Silence: Documenting Birth Trauma and the Strength of Women across America. The project brings to light a little noticed group of women– women who experienced past sexual abuse that can be triggered duri...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Quite Simply: UNACCEPTABLE
Last week, my mom stunned me with bad news: A young woman named Tiffany Costa died. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and died two weeks ago from stage II breast cancer at just 29 years old. She was metastatic for many years. Tiffany’s extended family members are dear friends of my mom. I came to “meet” Tiffany because of an email my mom forwarded to me. She was being treated with Doxil. There was (and it would appear there still IS) a shortage of Doxil and she was trying to raise money to have the drugs brought into this country from Europe. The cost was exorbitant. I remember reading the emai...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

When Size Affects Your Odds
Oncologists are on board in the fight against obesity. And they’ve made it official by issuing their first-ever Position Statement on Obesity and Cancer through the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). That’s especially great news for women—who are twice as likely as men to be affected by the nearly half a million new cases of obesity-related cancers worldwide each year. Not surprisingly, the greatest proportion of them are in North America. (http://ow.ly/FacZg http://ow.ly/Fadcm) Despite the fact that more American men than women are overweight or obese, U.S. women are disproportionately affecte...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Fierce Urgency of Now: Family Caregivers and the Future That Is Upon Us
Just before Mother’s Day, I was a guest on an Al-Jazeera news segment focused on the challenges of aging in America. It was my first-ever news appearance, and, later, I proudly showed a recording to my adult daughters when they came by to visit. The segment included a look at how elders are navigating the shoals of old age, sickness, and financial insecurity—a future millions of face, and all of us deny. One segment featured a mid-life African American woman who had abandoned her retirement dreams to care for her mother, who has Alzheimer’s. As the woman fixed her mother’s wisps of hair, both daught...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Comparative Effectiveness Research: Through the Lens of Medical Innovation
The Top headline of FDA News Device Daily today read, “Comparative Effectiveness Research has Benefits, Risks Experts Say?. Why would Device Daily consider comparative effectiveness to be risky? Many obvious concerns come to mind. There are distinct risks that the process imposed on the device industry may stifle growth. Worries abound related to the direction policy makers may employ such as when studies will be required (e.g., at the early stages of development, or later in the cycle of real-world experience), how studies will be conducted (e.g., by the government or a public/private entity), who will determine the...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

“News (Hot) Flash: Sex, Drugs and Menopause” Recap – 2010 Breakfast Series
Our panel this morning discussed the issues surrounding how the WHI results were interpreted and communicated to women and their health care providers. We recognize that hormones are not appropriate for all women, and look forward to hosting a future panel that highlights alternatives. The speakers have a variety of backgrounds and experiences (and genders), and we aim to promote diversity of voices. This was not normal breakfast conversation. Today was a jolting – and disruptive – talk about what happens to women’s bodies when they age. (Who knew that if you’re menopausal and you don’t take y...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Rocky Road from the Military to the VA
While serving in the military, few think about what comes next. What happens if you are injured and the physical, mental, emotional damage does not go away? Who is tasked to make you “whole” again through health care and compensation? It is a process with which most civilians, and many service members and their families have little familiarity. It is cumbersome, and starts when the individual is still in the service, with a transition program and virtually no follow up by the military. For the last twenty years, the Department of Labor (DOL) Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) has provided grants t...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Observations of Daily Living (ODLs) and Patient Engagement
By Julie Murchinson. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded program, Project HealthDesign, is pursuing the identification, interpretation and integration of observations of daily living (ODLs). As defined by Project HealthDesign, ODLs are sensations, feelings-thoughts-attitudes, and behaviors that occur in the course of everyday life – such as sleep patterns, diet, exercise levels, pain episodes, and mood – that are not typically part of one’s clinical record, but are critical to managing an individual’s health and guiding their treatment. During the recent Project HealthDesign workshop, I was st...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Disruptive Woman to Watch 2014: Jen Hyatt
Millions of people struggling with mental illness face something of a Catch 22. They know deep in their psyches that they would feel better if they spoke to someone about how they’re feeling. And yet, taking that step to talk is tough, particularly in a 21st century society that still views mental disorders as a weakness instead of a treatable illness. Imagine coping with a persistent state of depression. Taking any kind of action can feel insurmountable. It’s no surprise, really, that more than half of those in the United States who have some form of mental illness don’t seek help, or wait for years suff...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Campaign on Drug Adherence Marks One Year Anniversary
by Sally Greenberg. Last month the Script Your Future campaign, which is increasing public awareness of the importance of medication adherence, marked its one year anniversary with the help of numerous Disruptive Women in Health Care. At an event in Washington, DC the National Consumers League, which is leading the campaign, convened more than 100 of the campaign’s Committed Partners to celebrate the reach of the first year, honor Partners’ ongoing support for the campaign, and call for renewed commitment to expanding the campaign’s efforts. Many of our very own Disruptive Women – and a few in train...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Health 2.0 Takes Over Disruptive Women
By Joy Burwell. On Monday, June 7th Health 2.0 took over Washington DC and yesterday the excitement continued with a Disruptive Women in Health Care breakfast. The breakfast would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Manatt and the support of The Hill. A huge thank you to this morning’s engaging panelists: Fran McMahon, Publisher of The Hill; Indu Subaiya, Co-Founder Health 2.0; Julie Murchinson, Manatt Health Solutions; Alexandra Drane, Founder and President, Eliza; Marlene Beggelman, Founder, Enhanced Medical Decisions and Linda Von Schweber, Co-Founder Surveyor Health. Robin Strongin, Creator...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Cost of Aging and the Burden on Female Caregivers
Getting older comes with a price. As the U.S. population ages, more seniors are opting to remain in their homes and communities instead of relocating to long-term care facilities. This “aging in place” movement will increase the demand for caregivers and home health aides. The cost of each of these services can be burdensome on members of the aging population and their families. Due to the rising costs of long-term care, family caregivers provide a large portion of unpaid care. In 2009, family caregivers provided more than $470 billion in unpaid care, which was more than four times what was spent by Medicaid on...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Blog Source Type: blogs

Hello world!
Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! (Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care)
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

I have big news to share.
Oprah Winfrey once advised her viewers, “Step into the new story you are willing to create.”  Thank you for indulging me as I share with you the new story I’m beginning to craft for myself and for the causes in which I deeply believe. I have decided to bring my firm, Amplify Public Affairs, to close by year’s end.  This was not a decision easily made.  My goal with Amplify was to create a firm that would shatter the conventional public affairs mold of press releases and pitch calls.  We focused on the value of strategic alliances, not only for the benefit of our clients but also ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Events Featured Uncategorized Women Source Type: blogs

Come on, take the seat at the head of the table – you know a guy would!
Well, it’s been some time since my last contribution to our Disruptive blog but I’m motivated today.  Typically, I’d spend my words touting the latest and greatest contributions of genomic science and technology to healthcare – which is both mind boggling and just beginning.  However, when I asked Robin whether she thought a blog on diversity might capture more attention – she resoundingly said YES given all that has been happening in the world around us.  So let me give it a go. I am passionate about the important role that women play in healthcare.  We bring so much to ou...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Disparities Health Health Reform Women Source Type: blogs

Innovative Strategies for Managing Patient Care through Mobility
This post was originally ran August 11, 2017 on Healthcare Business Today. The use of mobile technology by the healthcare industry is on the rise. Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds that the use of these new technologies can greatly improve patient care.  It can also improve collaboration between caregivers, payers and clinicians which can increase the quality of care. A mobile, device-empowered, patient consumer has now opened the door for new care and treatment models that can be delivered virtually (video, text) by an equally remote and technology-enabled ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Health Reform Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Beyond the Health Costs of Bullying
Early in my career, I was a School Psychologist. My role at the time involved helping children with special needs by figuring out how they learned best and coaching teachers and parents to do likewise. In all those years, I never received a referral for bullying behavior or victimization. In recent years, as bullying has reached headlines, as a health policy analyst, I’ve noted the health-related consequences: physical complaints, depression, insomnia, nightmares and even, suicide. Recently, I saw reports of other costs I want to share. Data from California showed that among 7th, 9th and 11th graders, 10.4% of kids m...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Newsweek Profiles June 2012 Man of the Month, Matthew Zachary
Shout out to our very own June 2012 Man of the Month, Matthew Zachary, who e graces the cover of Newsweek. See his story and catch up on the wonderful work he is providing: http://www.newsweek.com/2017/07/28/matthew-zachary-stupid-cancer-millennial-support-group-638286.html (Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care)
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Patients and “Their” Medical Records: Crossing the Chasm
This blog was originally published by Health Populi on July 17. Most physician practices and hospitals in the U.S. have installed electronic health records (EHRs). But in a classic Field of Dreams scenario, we have made patients’ medical records digital, but people aren’t asking for them or accessing them en masse. “How do we make it easier for patients to request and manage their own data?” asks a report from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC), Improving the Health Records Request Process for Patients – Highlights from User Experience Research. The ONC has been responsi...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Tech Tonics Podcast: Margaret Laws – Where Non-Profit & For-Profit Healthcare Innovation Collide
This post was originally published by Venture Valkyrie on July 10.  Margaret Laws has been working at the intersection of the for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare world for many years. This world has had an explosion of activity to find solutions to major public health and personal health challenges; according to Margaret, these worlds are beginning to blur and the newest foundations and non-profits are actively trying to bring the resources and discipline of private business sector to the big problems we are facing in the social sector. Her life’s work has been to straddle both of these worlds and try to br...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Disruptive Women Celebrates Independence Day
As we get ready to celebrate July 4th I wanted to share some thoughtful words, difficult questions, and wonder how it is that in 2017, there are many in the US who do not know what it means to be free, to be independent. We have made such encouraging progress but before too many hotdogs and apple pie are consumed, join me in watching this video. You might want to go easy on the fireworks, until we can answer Frederick Douglass’ question: “What to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L60475SRXkk&sns=emFrederick Douglass “The Meaning of July 4th for the Negr...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

It Takes a Village, and a Tribe: Women Help Women Locally, Globally
The idea that “it takes a village” to raise children and maintain a healthy community has resonated for women all over the world ever since the 1975-85 UN Decade for Women brought women together from every corner of the world. “Women hold up half the sky,” became another mantra heard often at the 1995 review of the Decade known as the Fourth World Conference on Women. I thought about both expressions, reminders of women’s solidarity, strength, survival skills and commitment to social change and human rights, when I worked with pregnant refugee women in Greece recently. The experience grew out ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Using “citizen scientists” and crowdsourcing to spur medical progress
Preparing for this TEDMED talk gave me a wonderful occasion to pause and reflect.  With the release of the talk I have the space to give more color to experiences and ideas I shared there. When my husband Pat and I were faced with the pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) diagnosis of our children, we were shocked. The linear, idyllic, progression of life that we expected was derailed. Instead, a surreal unfolding ensued. Day by day we realized that we couldn’t go backwards to BEFORE. We also realized that we would have to go ahead into a space we never knew existed. This foray into biomedical research was be...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Rock Health: “Share your perspective. Take our survey for State of Women in Healthcare 2017″
We want to share this opportunity with the Disruptive Women audience to participate in a Rock Health Survey. More information below: Rock Health supports thought leadership by conducting research and analysis of the landscape for women’s leadership in healthcare. As part of its annual report, they are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities women encounter when pursuing career and personal goals. Its findings and final report will be published this year. Thank you for your participation! Take the survey at the following link: https://rockhealth.com/share-your-perspective-take-o...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Mother and Daughter Dynamic Duo: Fighting For Women ’s Health Equality
This essay was first published on MsMagazine.com. For decades, my mom and I have been a dynamic duo using the arts to creatively fight for women’s rights. And now we are using the arts to fight for my life. In the ’60-70s, during the burgeoning “Women’s Liberation Movement,” my mother, Bobbi Ausubel, co-wrote America’s first feminist play, How to Make a Woman. After each performance, cutting edge and ruckus consciousness raising groups helped women and men grapple with just how much gender roles dictated their lives. As a little girl, I couldn’t&n...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Celiac Disease: A Serious, Life-Changing Condition
I met Paul Graham courtesy of one of his essays.  Then, we talked by phone and I read – no devoured – his book, In Memory of Bread: A Memoir. Pardon the pun. Paul is a professor of English Department at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and on July 1 becomes Department Chair. He focuses on fiction and non-fiction creative writing and lives with his wife, Bec and their German shepherds. Paul, your book is the best description I’ve read about the challenges of being diagnosed with celiac. Can you summarize what happened? Given your experience, what recommendations would you have for clinicians? Sho...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Failure to Launch: How to Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes That Cause Digital Health Ventures to Crash and Burn
The digital health market in the first quarter of 2017 enjoyed continued momentum, with 71 deals totaling over $1B (which by some accounts, is actually a conservative estimate).[1]  But don’t let the steady deal flow fool you – it’s extremely challenging to successfully launch a digital health venture and even tougher to sustain it over the long-term. Many first-time founders and even serial entrepreneurs new to digital health expect to employ a lot of the tactics they learned in business school or had success with in other industries.  They craft well-meaning plans to develop a minimum viable p...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The time is now: Addressing health inequities in rural minority populations
In 1966 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights and said “of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” In 2017 inequality in healthcare still exists and the consequences are striking. Health inequities or disparities in urban communities are well known and in some cases more resources may be available to address them than in a rural community. In rural previously homogenous communities these issues are even more significant as the minority community begins to grow but the healthcare systems have not changed or are not movi...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Saving a life through health IT
I recently watched Jimmy Kimmel share a personal story about his new son on live television. His son, Billy Kimmel, was born with an undetected heart defect that required immediate surgery. Because of the great healthcare his son received, Billy lives to see his future.  While my heart ached as I listened to Jimmy’s emotional message, I was overcome with appreciation for all the work medical professionals do within healthcare. I think of the compassion and care that clinicians provide every day for patient-centered care – within our own healthcare system and beyond.  These prestigious professionals ha...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Sparking Inspiration in Front Line Leaders
As an operation leader in ambulatory healthcare, my days are filled with “fire-fighting”—staffing the clinics, managing physician schedules, moving improvement work forward, etc.  Little time is spent on individual leadership development.  Let me be more honest–no part of my day is usually spent thinking about leadership.  Yet, it is absolutely essential for all of us to carve out time to further develop ourselves as leaders. Over the years, I have benefited from various forms of leadership development.   Whether from structured classes, coaching, or making tough mistakes, t...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

On Becoming a (Positively) Disruptive Woman, and Passing It on to Others
When I was 22 years old, I received my A.B. honors from the University of Chicago.  I had been taught that the world was entirely open to me.  I wanted to pursue a career in public health and healthcare, and began an intensive job search.  My heart was set on an Administrative Internship at Hennepin County Medical Center – an organization that fit well with my passion for health equity. I was told by my interviewer that I couldn’t apply for the position because I was female.  He added that the field of health leadership was limited to men, nuns and nurses, and I wasn’t any of them, so ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Increasing the Diversity of the Physician Workforce
“Any economist will tell you that diversification is the key to a secure portfolio. Any geneticist will tell you that diversification is key to maintaining hardy species of plants and animals. But somehow, when it comes to racial politics, the virtues of diversity are lost. Diversity in healthcare is not about fair representation – it is about saving lives.” – Commissioner George Strait, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, University of California, Berkeley A more diverse physician workforce is critical in health care and medical education in order to further promote excellence in medical...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Finding a place
I grew up in the middle of Orange County, California. A neighborhood so homogenous that I saw the Catholic kids in their plaid skirts and white shirts as alien and exotic. We passed on the sidewalk beside the parochial school playground with caution and wonderment. I was 14 and in high school before I realized that my friend, Buzz, was Jewish. This was the 1950s and early 1960s and sensitivity to differences meant not picking on the red-headed kid. In fits and starts, I found my eyes and ears opened to the reality of a different world–a larger world–than mine. In August of 1966, the Southeast L.A. community of ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

It ’s Not the Ceiling; It’s the Floor
We have newly designed office space at work. The conference rooms are now elegant glass enclosures with subtle glass doors at their center. One day I sat in a meeting and watched a female colleague approach the doors at full speed, coffee in one hand, papers in the other. She was running late but had arrived at the right room. She was where she was meant to be. I glanced back at the table, preparing to present my work, when I heard the loud thud. I looked up just in time to see the woman collide into the glass door. Papers flew into the air and coffee fell to the floor. She looked stunned, as did everyone in the conference...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Turn Down The Radio So You Can See Better: Distractions in Healthcare
The scene is familiar to any ophthalmologist: Your long-time patient, Mrs. Howell, sits centered in the grand exam chair. She is elderly but not frail. Today she is unusually nervous. Her daughter and son (whom I have never previously met) occupy the bench that lines right wall of every exam room. On my left, a familiar Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles form rests on the computer keyboard– a place where my technicians know it won’t be overlooked. Everyone knows good vision is essential for safe driving.   Vision is critical and vision is measurable.   Eye doctors are, therefore, rout...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Honoring Carol Emmott, PhD: Meet the Fellows Coming to Washington, DC
The statistics are draining. We know that while “women comprise over 75% of the healthcare workforce, only 8% of the top 100 hospitals in the US are led by a female CEO.”  It isn’t just hospitals, of course. All you have to do is look at the numbers across the board (and in board rooms), in venture funding, in pay disparities, and all through-out the health care sector, and it is hard not to be frustrated and outraged. As Disruptive Women in Health Care, we are also driven to action. One of the best ways to drive change is to highlight the great work of others and jump in and collaborate. In that spi...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs