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


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.


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.


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.


Judi T. Campbell MD discusses physician burnout and taking time out from practice

The Patient Activation Network Podcast

LARKR On Demand Mental Health Care with Shawn Kernes on the Patient Activation Network

LARKR On Demand Mental Health Care with Shawn Kernes

Only 50% of those depressed receiving diagnosis or treatment, recognition from a significant other could be key to them getting the help they need. Teenagers also represent a large demographic of untreated depression. The LARKR app aims to be the change to help improve self-worth and lead a happier life. On this episode of the Patient […]

Acting and Albinism with Dennis Hurley

“Looking so different from the average kid opened me up to bullying and harassment,” said actor Dennis Hurley about his early life with albinism. “Then, I found out I could make people laugh. I finally felt effective at something and having that sense of empowerment, I realized that I could do it and made acting […]

Judi T. Campbell MD - Don't Give Up the Ship – RE-LA-TION-SHIP on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

Don’t Give Up the Ship – RE-LA-TION-SHIP with Judi T. Campbell MD

The Patient Activation Network Podcast is live at the 2017 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care. Our next guest is Judi T. Campbell MD, Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Staff Physiatrist, Carolinas Healthcare System. Judi shares a personal story of why she got into medicine, why she had to step […]

Amy Edmunds, Founder and CEO of Young Stroke on the Patient Activation Network

YoungStroke with Amy Edmunds

The Patient Activation Network Podcast is live at the 2017 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care. Our next guest is Amy Edmunds, Founder and CEO of YoungStroke. Amy shares her story of experiencing a stroke at a young age and how emergency responders and ER staff weren’t trained to recognize stroke symptoms in someone so […]

Planetree VP Allan Manning on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

Planetree with Alan Manning

The Patient Activation Network Podcast is live at the 2017 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care. Our next guest is Alan Manning, Executive VP of Planetree. Alan shares his heart-wrenching patient experience with his daughter, Katie, and how he lost her to a congenital heart defect at only six months old. Alan discusses how this […]

Dauryne Shaffer MSN, RN, CCRN on the Patient Activation Network Podcast live

Educate and Learn in the Same Minute with Dauryne Shaffer, RN, MSN, CCRN

The Patient Activation Network Podcast is live at the 2017 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care. Our next guest is Dauryne Shaffer, RN, MSN, CCRN. Dauryne is a nurse educator at the Department of Surgery, VTE Collaborative at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dauryne has worked as a nurse for more than 30 years. Initially, she came to […]

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Our Clients Include

What our clients say

“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

“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

“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