• By Duska Anastasijevic

Mayo Clinic Transform 2015 to feature people powering health

August 5, 2015

Group of attendees at Transform conference
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Future improvements in the U.S health care system will come from individuals, not large institutions or systems, say the organizers of Mayo Clinic Transform 2015, a three-day conference that will take place Sept. 30–Oct. 2 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester and showcase individuals who are taking charge of their health, and spark positive changes in the health care system.

People Power Health is the theme of the Transform 2015 conference. “This theme underscores the momentum underway around the world,” says Barbara Spurrier, administrative director of Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, which is the host of the conference. “We are seeing the center of gravity shift away from traditional hospitals and health care - to the people.”

Now in its eighth year, Transform features a program of innovators in health and health care from throughout the country.

For inquires and media passes, contact Cathryn Kennedy at kennedy.cathryn@mayo.edu or 612-309-3951 or 507-284-5005.

“We’ve developed a program to push attendees out of their comfort zones and equip them to be agents for change when they return to their organizations,” says Spurrier.

Speakers and events at Transform 2015 will include:

Personal take charge testimonials by innovators
Presenters include Mario Schlosser, CEO and co-founder of Oscar, a technology-based health insurance Logo of Transformcompany; Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness, a San Francisco, Calif., organization that helps heal children exposed to adverse experiences; and America Bracho, M.D., founder and executive director of Latino Health Access, a nonprofit organization in Santa Ana, Calif., combating public health problems of underserved families.

Interactive experience with a Pop-Up MIT Makers Lab
Presented by co-founders José Gómez-Márquez and Anna Young of MakerNurse, the Makers Lab will offer attendees a chance to try their hands at creating innovations to improve health and health care.

Evening Powered by PechaKucha
A total of 13 individuals from a variety of backgrounds will share their innovative ideas for transforming health and health care in brief, high-powered presentations on Wednesday evening, Sept. 30.

Tours of the Well Living Lab
Transform 2015 attendees will be the first to see and experience this one-of-a-kind, human-centered research facility created by Delos and Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. The Well Living Lab will conduct and translate research based on real-world environments to demonstrate how buildings — and everything that goes in them — can positively influence human health and well-being. Research studies are expected to begin at the Well Living Lab in early 2016.

Final competition for the Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge
Six entrepreneurial finalists will compete for two $50,000 awards live on Thursday night, Oct. 1. Members of the Transform 2015 audience will vote for the winners using their smartphones. For more information about the THINK BIG Challenge, go to transformconference.mayo.edu/think-big. The application deadline is Aug. 15.

For a complete list of speakers, presentations and experiences, go to transformconference.mayo.edu/.

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About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit mayoclinic.org or newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dusanka (Duska) Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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