Welcome to the Patient Activation Network

At the Patient Activation Network, we share stories from patients and providers to uplift the patient experience. It is our hope that these stories will educate, inspire and help others know that they are not alone in their journey.

The way we accomplish our mission is through our podcast, motivational speaking and continuing education. Our work has been featured at leading health organizations, events and universities. If you have a health experience that you would like to share on our podcast or are interested in learning more about our services, please contact us today.

Patient Activation Network Podcast

Cancer Survivor Seeking School Board Nomination on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

PAN48: Cancer Survivor Seeking School Board Nomination

When we last spoke to Laura Blackwell, she shared her journey of being a young mom diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now a 10 year survivor of stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. You can hear her inspirational cancer journey here or by clicking the link below. Today, she is taking on a new kind of […]

Road to Victory with Chuck Wakefield on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

PAN47: Road to Victory with Chuck Wakefield

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Wakefield has been living with multiple myeloma in 2003. Today, he is 73 years old and takes part in cycling events to raise awareness to this devastating disease. “I always tell people that if you are going to get cancer, this is the one to get,” states Dr. Wakefield about living with […]

Being Present as a Cancer Care Partner with Patricia Fischer on the Patient Activation Network

PAN46: Being Present as a Cancer Care Partner with Patricia Fischer

“It is important to continue to be present. I remember years ago sitting with a friend eating ice cream and watching the sunset. I remember her saying that it is really cool having a friend that I can sit with and not say anything,” recalled author Patricia W. Fischer on how to talk to a […]

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These Stories Fuel Our Services

 

The Patient Activation Network partners with leading healthcare organizations, conferences and private industries to bring inspiration and education through storytelling.

Speaking

The right speaker can transform your organization. Our highly-sought after speakers deliver moving stories of compassion and courage what move audiences to laugh, cry, and in the end, feel inspired and hopeful.

Facilitating

Our dynamic consultants bring years of clinical and professional expertise to your organization to get proven results through human-centered learning workshops to deliver the organizational transformation you desire.

Podcasting

Podcasts are highly engaging and can be an innovative way to build better relationships with your customers. We can help you highlight your organization’s superstars as industry experts and to extend your reach.

 

Our Clients Include

What our clients say

“I and audiences alike find Matt’s talks to be inspirational, motivational, humorous, and sometimes emotionally stirring. I have observed Matt dozens of times captivate an audience with his engaging, warm, and entertaining oratory style. In my career, I have never observed a better speaker than Matt.”

– John McDaniel, Executive ABM, Biogen Idec

Biogen Idec

“Matthew is a moving speaker with a tremendous amount of energy and dedication to both doing good in the world and helping others becoming successful while he’s doing it.”

– Joyce Parrish, Director of Rehabilitation Memorial University Medical Center

 

Memorial University Medical Center

“Matt has a unique ability to take his journey and make it personal to his audience. His capacity to engage the audience and make them a part of the dog story allows everyone to be deeply emotionally engaged, inspired and therefore motivated to put an end to MS. His inner strength is highly contagious”

– Laurent Placidi, VP Marketing, Genzyme Corp.

Genzyme

“His personal story, “The Dog Story,” deeply touched all of our therapy staff. Having worked with patients like Matt on a daily basis, it is a wonderful feeling to hear Matt’s story and uplifting message of hope”

– Krin Gresen, Director of Rehabilitation, Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Aspirus Wausau

About the Patient Activation Network

For Patients | By Patients | For Change

The Patient Activation Network was created by patients for patients to accomplish real change in healthcare. Patient activation is defined as a patient's knowledge, skills, ability, and willingness to manage his or her own health and care. When a patient becomes activated in their own care, their patient experience improves significantly.

The Patient Activation Network exists to share stories of patients, caregivers and providers who take an active role in changing healthcare today to motivate, inspire and activate others to do the same. Our stories can also change the healthcare system. By looking at problems through the lens of the patient, healthcare stakeholders can better understand the challenges that people are faced with every day.

By sharing stories, we support each other in our journeys. We also learn compensatory strategies for living well despite the hand we were dealt. Stories are the way we learn and our health is what connects us. The Patient Activation Network is that connection point to turn stories into knowledge and power.

Together, our stories will change healthcare.

Jessica Hanson, RN discusses the tragic death of her two year old son

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Do you have a story you would like to share in an upcoming podcast? Would you like the Patient Activation Network Podcast Live at your next event?

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Author Nonye Aghanya MSc,RN, FNP-C discusses the adversity she faced as an African immigrant practicing medicine in America