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Partnership WITH Patients

The Partnership with Patients Summit Sept 21-23:Kansas City Here we come!The conference hashtag is #cinderblocks on twitter                                                              Friday 21, The Walking Gallery: 6:00pm to 8:00pm To begin this conference The WalkingGallery gathers on Friday night Sept 21, Kansas City Marriott Downtown 200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105 light refreshments will be served Twitter hashtag: #TheWalkingGallery The patient voice — in the form of the Walking Gallery of Healthcare art event —will arrive in Kansas City as walkers from throughout the nation will display the stories painted on their backs of business jackets. Internationally recognized patient rights art advocate Regina Holliday will debut her latest works.    After gathering at the Marriott we will attend the Plaza Art Festival at 4750 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64112 in our jackets…

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Cerner on September 11th

I often paint at medical conferences in the back of ballrooms or on the exhibition floor.  When I was painting at the HISA conference in Australia, a lovely woman came over to my easel.  She looked at my work and noticed I was painting in the Cerner booth.  She told me she had a story she wanted share with me about a Cerner conference she attended many years before.  That story was so powerful I asked if I could paint it on her jacket so she could join The Walking Gallery.  She said yes. This is “The Right Thing” a jacket for Lissa. On September 11th, 2001 Lissa was at a Cerner health conference in Kansas City entitled “Crossing the Chasm.”  It was a typical conference day and sessions began early.  Doctors and nurses from all over the US were there.  As the morning progressed word spread through the room…

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Essays for Partnership With Patients Travel Fund

Today is the deadline for the Patient Travel Fund Submissions for Partnership WIth Patients Summit in DC.  One requirement of submission was to post the essays onto a blog, so I am posting these here:From Evelyn McKnightThank you for the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship to the upcoming Partnership for Patients Summit. I welcome the chance to attend and participate in the Summit. Because of my work, starting in 2007, which is centered in patient advocacy with a concentration on prevention of outbreaks of blood-borne pathogens in medical facilities, I believe I am the ideal candidate for a travel scholarship. Thank you in advance for your consideration. You ask a couple important questions—what I can offer to the Summit and what the Summit can offer back to me. Hepatitis Outbreaks’ National Organizations for Reform (HONOReform) Foundation, our national organization based in Nebraska and active on Capitol Hill, has become…

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Bone Black

Ashes. They have always been part of our lives.  We sang of them in our nursery songs.  We heard our mothers speak of a princess who labored in cinders and dreamed of a prince.  And as we grew, ash became less magical and more mundane.  It was in our science lessons.  We snickered to hear that messy wood ash was needed to make soap.  That seemed so wrong, a contradiction terms. The years past and I found ash was needed to make so many things.  Cinder blocks are called cinder blocks because they contain ash.  The ash makes them strong yet light: a perfect building material.   And I learned about charcoal.  I learned the silky beauty of writing with a charred vine or the compressed stick. The years past and I grew beyond drawing with charcoal and focused on paint.   One day I found a new black paint that quickly…