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

Why Does Patient Activation Matter?

Studies show that Patient Activation affects all Healthcare Stakeholders

  • Patients with higher activation levels tend to engage in healthy behaviors, adhere to the plan of care and achieve better health outcomes.
  • Providers who are measuring their patients’ activation levels can develop care plans specific to the patient’s ability to follow through on those plans. This is a way to become patient-centered, and to meet the patient where they are leading to higher satisfaction and retention levels.
  • Healthcare Organizations are facing healthcare reform initiatives that are forcing delivery systems and providers to produce better outcomes with fewer resources. Activated patients represent a largely untapped resource that may benefit not only the delivery systems, but the entire population.

Source: Insignia Health

Industries We Serve


Healthcare administrators are faced with competing priorities that are constantly shifting.  Trends in healthcare require insight-driven decisions to ensure their organization not only survives but thrives in a value-based care environment. 

Pharma & Life Sciences

In an era of consumer-facing realities, pharmaceutical, and life sciences companies will continue to experience novel competing challenges. Companies that embrace proactive care of patient communities and meet consumer needs will hold a competitive advantage as a valued partner in healthcare.


It is well documented that culture plays a large role in a company’s success. Building a company culture is not only good sense, it is good business. We know that your employees feel appreciated and enjoy their work when their needs and values are consistent with those of the company.

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Our Services


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.


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.


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.


The Patient Activation Network Podcast

A Journey of Unconditional Love with Michele Bell - Patient Activation Network Podcast

PAN41: A Journey of Unconditional Love with Michele Bell

“The last words he said to me were mom, I love you, I’m going home,” recounted author Michele Bell on the final moments with her son, Nicky, who she lost at only 18 years old to a rare form of cancer. “At that moment, I felt like a basketball went through my stomach. I fell […]

Clean Noses, Healthy Mouths, and Sugar Alternatives with Nathan Jones on the Patient Activation Network

PAN40: Clean Noses, Healthy Mouths, and Sugar Alternatives with Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones was on vacation visiting his dad in Planeview, Texas at his physician office when a woman drove up. She had heard about the nasal spray my father was giving his patients for children with ear infections and drove eight hours from Arkansas for her two sick grand kids. It was at that moment […]

Upgrade your Healthcare Experience with Robert Grant on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

PAN39: Upgrade your Healthcare Experience with Robert Grant

“I was told by my primary care physician that I needed to see a urologist because of my elevated PSA level. I was concerned because we have a family history”, recalled Robert Grant, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Concierge Key Health about a health scare that inspired the creation of the company. “I went to make […]

PAN38: Healthcare Experience Foundation with Katie Owens

“One of the things that saved my life was a commitment to a daily practice,” reflected Katie Owens, the co-founder and president of the Healthcare Experience Foundation, on a significant health scare that shook her and her young family. “I had to find a way to reset myself and reset my health. We had to […]

Realizing the Dream with Demitrius Omphroy on the Patient Activation Network

PAN37: Realizing the Dream with Demitrius Omphroy

“It was such a cool experience to be drafted by a team and have that dream back in my life,” reflected Demitrius Omphroy on the moment his name was called during the MLS soccer draft. At that moment, Demitrius became the first person living with MS to become a major league soccer player. Demitrius shares […]

License to Live with Jarret Patton MD on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

PAN36: License to Live with Jarret Patton, MD

“Investing in myself gave me the wings to fly again and transition up to soar”, reflected Dr. Jarret Patton on his decision to write License to Live. On this episode, Doctor Jarret talks about his new book, License to Live. He also gives thoughtful advice on how to manage physician burnout, how to restart after […]

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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.


“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

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