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

Realizing the Dream with Demitrius Omphroy on the Patient Activation Network

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

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 […]

MOVR Data Hub with Grace Pavlath, Ph.D.

“This is a very interesting time in therapy development. Just in this decade alone there have been seven therapies approved which is unprecedented. If you look at the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, there was one per decade,” reflected Grace Pavlath, PhD.  “If you look at today’s pipeline, there are 250 unique compounds in various stages. […]

Muscular Dystrophy Association with Kristin Stephenson on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

Muscular Dystrophy Association with Kristin Stephenson, MHA, J.D.

“If you have ever put a dollar in a boot or written your name on a shamrock at a gas station, you may have supported the MDA and we appreciate everyone who has done that. The MDA is an umbrella organization that supports 43 different disorders that are all progressive, neuromuscular diseases for which there […]

Less Pharm More Table with Alene Brennan on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

Less Pharm, More Table with Alene Brennan

Our guest today is, Alene Brennan, has been featured in USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post and Mind Body Green. Alene overcame debilitating migraine headaches through diet and lifestyle and is now once again using a “Less Pharm, More Table” approach is managing her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Alene holds four certifications: Nutrition Coach, Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer and Natural […]

Invisible Disabilities with Sherri Connell on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

Invisible Disabilities with Sherri Connell

Our guest today is, Sherri Connell, who suffers every day from the chronic pain and complexities of Lyme Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury and Chemical Injury. A former model, dancer, and singer, she lost her entire career to illness – and lived a lifetime in only 27 years. She obtained two Business Degrees and […]

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