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

PAN54: Vets to BSN Program at National University with Mary Beth Prendergast

“This program helps military vets get the credits they deserve,” said Mary Beth Prendergast about the Vets to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at National University in San Diego. During this episode, Mary Beth discusses this program and how the flexibility of the program allowed a student to spend time with his mom […]

PAN53: HIV, Needlesticks and the story of Karen Daley, PHD, MPH, RN, FAAN

“As I got on the elevator that final time, I realized that this was the end of my clinical career.” Karen Daley, RN reflected on what it felt to walk out of the Emergency Room for the last time after an accidental needle stick led to a diagnosis of HIV and Hep C. “I just […]

PAN52: Pushing the Limits with Dr. Shawna Pandya

Dr. Shawna Pandya dreamed of being a super hero as a little girl. As she grew, her dreams shifted to becoming an astronaut and medical doctor. While she may not done a cape to work, she is an every day hero who helps patients everyday and helps further our mission to explore this galaxy and […]

PAN51: Erin Andrews and Dr. Jessica Shepherd on Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that January is Cervical Health Awareness Month? Sports reporter and television host, Erin Andrews, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016. Today, Erin is cancer-free and urging all women to see their doctors and get regular testing for this preventable and treatable disease.  On this episode of the Patient Activation Network Podcast, Erin will […]

Jack Osbourne's MS Detour on the Patient Activation Network

PAN50: Jack Osbourne’s MS Detour

Jack Osbourne grew up in the public eye. In 2012, a problem with Jack Osbourne’s eye went public. After The Osbournes ended, Jack went on to star in a number of television shows. The first was Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie, a reality TV show that followed Jack’s journey to get into peak mental and physical shape in […]


PAN49: Vincible with Kayla Redig

“It felt really odd to me to walk into the transfusion center for chemo and see a room full of men my grandfather’s age and then go to a doctor’s appointment in a different room covered in balloon stickers and children’s handprints on the walls. Even finding other patients with a similar age and diagnosis […]

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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.


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.


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

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