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. Our health is truly the only thing that connects us. Whatever your age, gender or background, health is the great equalizer.

What we have found is that people who are active in their health are more likely to have better outcomes. Active doesn't meaning climbing mountains or playing tennis every day, while eating a plant based diet. Not all of us can do that and that's OK.

So what does being active mean? Active means asking the right questions, following the plan of care and participating in your own recovery. Active means doing the best you can with what you've got.

The Patient Activation Network was created by patients for patients to accomplish real change in healthcare. Our health is truly the only thing that connects us. Whatever your age, gender or background, health is the great equalizer.

Our Mission

Being a patient is complex. It can also be lonely and isolating, especially if you are sick. That isolation actually makes us feel worse. The Patient Activation Network is a place to shake free of that isolation and share your story for the benefit of others going through where you have already been. 

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 health is what connects us. The Patient Activation Network is that connection point to turn stories into knowledge and power.

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. 

Together, we will change healthcare.

Michael Becker writing A Walk With Purpose while getting chemo for head and neck cancer

About our Founder and Chief Empathy Officer

Matt Cavallo, MPH is a patient experience speaker, author, and podcaster who motivates audiences worldwide with his personal patient experience and genuine storytelling style.

At age twenty-eight, Matt was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Seemingly over night he went from a fully-functioning, healthy man to someone who was numb from the waist down and unable to walk. As a result of his diagnosis, Matt has dedicated his life to improving the patient experience.

Matt Cavallo is the founder and Chief Empathy Officer of the Patient Activation Network. He is a patient experience thought leader who has been a keynote speaker for healthcare events across the country. Matt has been named among the Top 10 Social HealthMakers by Sharecare and his blog was selected as one of Healthline’s top multiple sclerosis picks in 2015. His story of being diagnosed and overcoming the physical and emotional challenges associated with having a chronic disease can be read in his memoir, The Dog Story: A Journey into a New Life with Multiple Sclerosis.

Most importantly, however, Matt is the proud father of his two sons, Mason and Colby, the loving husband to his wife, Jocelyn, and the best friend to his dog, Teddy. Originally from the Boston suburbs, Matt currently works and lives with his family in Chandler, Arizona.

 

Do you have a story you want to share? Contact us today to join our 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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