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MINDFULLY CREATIVE PODCAST: EPISODE 6: “Health Advocacy Through Art”

Health Advocacy Through Art

Welcome to the sixth edition of the Mindfully Creative Podcast series!  This sixth episode focuses on the role that artists can play in advocacy, specifically focusing on how “The Walking Gallery” movement got started to address patient rights in healthcare.  Our special guest is mother, artist, author,  speaker and health advocate, Regina Holliday.

Regina Holliday is a Maryland-based patient advocate and artist known for painting a series of murals depicting the need for clarity and transparency in medical records. This advocacy mission was inspired by her husband Frederick Allen Holliday II and his struggle to get appropriate care. Afflicted with kidney cancer, Fred suffered poor care coordination, a lack of access to data and a series of medical errors and, as a result, lost his battle. During Fred’s 11 weeks of continuous hospitalization in five facilities, Holliday learned that she would have to wait 21 days and would be charged 73 cents per page for Fred’s medical records. In addition to already expensive care, the many necessary pages would have cost hundreds of dollars. These institutional flaws spurred Holliday to try to improve care for her husband as well as all patients who are abused in this way. As a result, Fred’s death inspired Holliday to use painting as a catalyst for change.

With her passion for advocating for patients to receive timely access to their health care data, her artwork became part of the national healthcare debate. Reported on in the mainstream press, as well as reviewed by such journals as BMJ and APA, Holliday has earned a platform to push for legislation that would provide electronic healthcare records to patients. Continuing her advocacy through art, she also started the Walking Gallery movement, where more than 350 volunteer members don business suits or blazers with either their story or their loved one’s story painted on their backs to attend public meetings. The jackets, which were painted by Holliday or one of 42 artists, depict the story of a medical patient or an element of medical advocacy. The members of Walking Gallery attend medical conferences with a powerful visual story painted on their back which makes the feel of the meeting more human and less distanced. The paintings help to convey the fact that the people wearing them are living, breathing examples of lapses in health care, as opposed to just a statistical number.

In addition, Holliday is published author. The Walking Wall: 73 Cents to the Walking Gallery, her first work, is devoted to the stories that comprise her Walking Gallery campaign. Her latest book The Writing on the Wall (2015), a memoir, takes readers on an odyssey of abuse and empowerment.

Recently, Holiday was honored at the H.I.T. Men and Women Awards reception for her trailblazing vision and perseverance in advancing the adoption of health IT, innovation, and best practices to improve healthcare. On July 13, 2010, she was honored to represent the patient voice during the Meaningful Use Stage One Announcement. She appeared on stage with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius, Don Berwick from CMS, and David Blumenthal from the ONC, and Regina Benjamin Surgeon General. In addition, she appeared in the Safety Leaders/Discovery Chanel documentary Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami and is part of the creative team working on SpeakerLink.org.

Backed by her own patient and caregiving experiences, Regina Holliday travels the globe heralding her message of patient empowerment and inclusion in healthcare decision making and offering guidance on crowd funding in healthcare. She fearlessly stands before officials and practitioners demanding a thoughtful dialog on the role patients play in their own healthcare.

During this conversation we talk about Regina’s journey into healthcare advocacy after the death of her husband, the role her art has played in her reaching health care providers and decision makers about her message, the birth of the Walking Gallery movement, the upcoming Cinderblock4 Patient Advocacy Conference in Grantsville, Maryland this month and advice for artists and creatives regarding getting involved with advocacy work.

Here’s an awesome video which describes the Walking Gallery below:

The Walking Gallery of Healthcare from Eidolon Films on Vimeo.

Learn more about and follow Regina and the Walking Gallery at the links below:

Blog: http://reginaholliday.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @ReginaHolliday

Instagram: @Regina_holliday

Walking Gallery Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkingGalleryHC/

You can listen to episode 6 below.  You can find the Mindfully Creative podcast on Stitches, Google Play and Soundcloud.

 

 

Your Ally Within, A Free Creative Workshop @ #Artomatic – 4/9/17

Your Ally Within-

Do you feel that you have an inner artist or creative side but need help coaxing it out?

Do you find yourself stuck in moving forward on that next creative project?

Affirmations can help! Positive affirmation are great messages to have around an art studio or office or creative space as reminders of your creative talents. During this engaging workshop, we will talk about our identities as creative individuals, via the best selling book The Artist Way by Julia Cameron, the benefits of affirmations, create our own affirmation cards using index cards, magazines, paper and other mixed media. These cards will reflect images of your affirmations that you can take with you where ever you go or have placed around your office, studio or other creative space to look at when you need an extra boost.

You don’t have to be an artist or creative to participate! Bring your creative passion and an open mind! Space is limited. Register now at https://yourcreativeally.eventbrite.com/

About the Facilitator:

Sharon Burton is an artist, art curator, and has been active in the fine art communiy in the Washington, DC area for over 12 years. Learn more about her at www.sjbcreativeart.com or follow her on social media at twitter/instagram: @sjbcreativeart or Facebook: SJB Creative Art. Her artwork can be found at Artomatic 2017 in room 3108, 3rd Floor

Directions to Artomatic:
Artomatic is located next to the Crystal City Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue metro lines. If you come in from the underground, simply turn left at the top of the first escalator and go through doors into shopping area. We are just above the Synetic Theater, there is an elevator bank by the optometrist. If you are outside on ground level, cross 18th Street to South Bell Street. We are in the same building as the University of Phoenix.

Driving Directions to Artomatic

From DC:
Take 395 South into Virginia (crossing over the 14th Street Bridge). Follow signs to “Route 1 South – Crystal City” and take the left exit. Get into the left hand lane on Route 1 and turn left on 20th Street and then take an immediate left into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From Rockville:
Take 270 or 495 South into Virginia. Take Exit 43 for the George Washington Parkway. Merge onto the GW Parkway and continue South. Take the exit for “Reagan National Airport.” Stay in right lane and follow signs for “US-1 – Crystal City” (keep bearing right). Take the right exit ramp for Crystal Drive. Take a left onto 20th St. and take a right into the garage just past Bell St. (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From Southern Maryland:
Take 495 across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Take Exit 177B to Route 1 North. Continue on Route 1 through Alexandria. Aftercrossing into Arlington County (across Four Mile Run), take a slight right onto the exit for Crystal Drive. Turn left on 20th Street then take an immediate left into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From points south in Virginia:
Take 395 North. Take Exit 8C (to Route 1 South – Crystal City). Go straight at the light onto Hayes Street. Hayes Street becomes 18th Street and will take you into Crystal City. Turn right onto South Bell Street, then another right onto 20th Street and an immediate right into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From points west in Virginia:
Take 66 East. Take Exit 75 (Route 110). Route 110 will end and continue as Route 1 South into Crystal City. Get into the left hand lane and turn left on 20th Street then take an immediate left into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.