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

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 […]

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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 […]

Cancer Survivor Seeking School Board Nomination on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

PAN48: Cancer Survivor Seeking School Board Nomination

When we last spoke to Laura Blackwell, she shared her journey of being a young mom diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now a 10 year survivor of stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. You can hear her inspirational cancer journey here or by clicking the link below. Today, she is taking on a new kind of […]

Road to Victory with Chuck Wakefield on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

PAN47: Road to Victory with Chuck Wakefield

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Wakefield has been living with multiple myeloma in 2003. Today, he is 73 years old and takes part in cycling events to raise awareness to this devastating disease. “I always tell people that if you are going to get cancer, this is the one to get,” states Dr. Wakefield about living with […]

Carri Levy's Rare Disease Balancing Act on the Patient Activation Network Podcast

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Being Present as a Cancer Care Partner with Patricia Fischer on the Patient Activation Network

PAN46: Being Present as a Cancer Care Partner with Patricia Fischer

“It is important to continue to be present. I remember years ago sitting with a friend eating ice cream and watching the sunset. I remember her saying that it is really cool having a friend that I can sit with and not say anything,” recalled author Patricia W. Fischer on how to talk to a […]

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