Canadian Women Changing Healthcare

I happened to catch an episode of the CNN series “The Sixties” which featured the rise of the feminist movement. It caught my immediate attention as we here at Patient Commando were hard at work preparing our 2nd Annual Canadian Women Changing Healthcare. It had escaped my memory that in my lifetime there was a time when there were quotas on the spaces available to women  in medical, dental and law schools. There was a time when airline stewardesses had to be single, with soft hands and were forced to retire at the age of 32. There was a time in my lifetime that women marched in the streets fighting for equality and recognition. The episode reminded me of  many women who led the way – like journalist Gloria Steinem who infiltrated Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown (Sex and The Single Girl), author Betty Friedan (The Feminine  Mystique) and the National Organization of Women (NOW) who played such important roles in galvanizing what turned into a global movement.

I couldn’t help but think of the many parallels between that time and certain realities that exist in our healthcare system. As Patient Commando and others have pointed out before, 78% [...] continue the story

Yael Cohen Braun

Yael Cohen Braun Yael Cohen Braun is the founder, president, and CEO of Fuck Cancer, a cancer education organization aiming to activate Gen-C, generation content, to engage with their community about early detection, preventative lifestyles and communication around cancer. Yael launched Fuck Cancer in 2009 after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Determined to marshal strength for her mom, Yael decided to use the “F” word to fight the “C” word. Yael herself serves as an advocate for a range of health and health care issues and through her work with Fuck Cancer, she is changing the way people talk about cancer by creating a human, authentic movement.

In May 2014, Yael launched StandWith, a caregiver platform revolutionizing the way we interact with loved ones who are undergoing long-term medical treatment. Yael created StandWith to streamline patient and caregiver’s lives during emotionally charged times by providing real-time updates and self-selected task capabilities. StandWith will be available to the public on September 15.

Yael has been named one of the “12 people who are transforming philanthropy” by The Globe and Mail, one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” by the Financial Post, one of [...] continue the story