Mindfully Creative Podcast
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Mindfully Creative podcast will explore how art is being used for personal and community healing as well as some tips on how creatives can break through barriers to make their “art” whatever that might look like. Powered by SJB Creative Ventures.
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Episode 6: 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.
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.
Learn more about and follow Regina and the Walking Gallery at the links below:
Walking Gallery Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkingGalleryHC/