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The Partnership with Patients Agenda

The Partnership With Patients Summit: The first patient summit in Kansas City supported by crowd-funding, designed using social media with art by Regina Holliday Patients, Providers and Health Professional from all over the United States will convene in Kansas City, Missouri, from September 21through September 23 to present speeches on Health Information Technology, Patient Safety and Quality and Media and the Message of Patient Advocacy.  For too long patient input has been an afterthought in health policy. We are changing that. This summit focuses on education, networking and partnership—of patients, providers, vendors and explains the relationship between government policy and patient advocacy.  Conference attendee’s will suggest ways to promote patient participation, learn about the effect of change and growth in the tech sector on patient advocacy, and use social media to further the voice of the patient in national health policy. What makes this a must attend event? The Partnership with Patients Summit…

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Calling all Patient Advocates

Calling all Patient Advocates!!! Want to come to the Partnership with Patients Summit in KC September 21-23, 2012?  Need help with funding to get there?  The Society for Participatory Medicine a 501c3 non-profit is creating a scholarship fund and Pat Salber, MD decided to help.  She is currently launching a crowdfunding site called Health Tech Hatch that will enter public beta on Sept. 4.  It is currently in private beta and people are already pledging to support the fund.  She writes about the program here.  You can register for the Partnership With Patients conference here. Please spread the word!  This is a conference that is being designed with patients in full partnership with providers and venders and I really hope you can attend. So to make this super clear (with a little help from the amazing Trisha Torrey on editing) Are you a patient who would like to apply for a…

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Invasion of the C.Diff

I often do things that frustrate my children.  Whether is singing loudly off-key or ruffling their hair in front of their friends, my response to their complaint is always the same.  “When I stop doing this you will know the pod people got me.”  I say this even though the children have no clue what the pod people are.  I say this even though in my deepest heart the pod people scare me. Of all the films I saw as a child, two frightened me the most.  I am not talking about the surprised jump scare that is staple of the slasher movie.  I am talking about the kind of intellectual scare that keeps you up at night. The kind of scare that makes you plot and plan what you would do if you found yourself stuck within this horrific story. “Invaders from Mars” released in 1953 was a film…

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The Walking Gallery: Walking around the World

The Walking Gallery is walking around the world and has members in 16 countries. We also have Walkers in 40 states in the US. I hope before the end of 2017 to see a walker in every state. If you would to join us in The Walking Gallery here is the link: http://reginaholliday.blogspot.com/2016/03/how-do-you-join-walking-gallery.html (There are currently 25 jackets in my to-do pile and hopefully some of them will be from states that do not have walkers, but if you know of excellent walkers or potential gallery artists please send them my way!) We have 432 walkers wearing 476 jackets and each day some of them are walking and spreading the word about truly patient centered care and positive change in the world of medicine. We also have 46 artists painting about these stories. Thank you all!  The artists of the gallery: (Children and Teen artists are in bold face) 1. Regina Holliday…

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Inside the Mirror

When I was young, I had a compulsion to find out how things worked.  This usually led to creative destruction.  I know exactly how a music box works because I dismantled my jewelry box, tossing out the painted paste board, velveteen lining and plastic ballerina. The important part was inside.  I loved the little brass machine that wound with a key.  I loved to listen to the metallic plinks as the metal keys were forced upon the raised nodules of the rotating barrel.  I cherished the simple elegance hidden for years by the bulky form of the jewelry box.  It was liberating.      But my deconstruction did not stop with the music box.  I also wanted to see inside a mirror.  Mirrors were amazing things that created a world in reverse. One day I ripped the brown paper backing off of my mirror.  Then I scraped at the black paint on…