In a session called "People Power Health," one speaker at the Transform 2015 Symposium said "stories are medicine" and another said he "was loved back into existence"
“As a storyteller, my dream is to be as valuable as a plumber,” says author, playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling. Kling was one of the presenters in a session called “People Power Health,” the opening session of Transform 2015, which began on Wednesday at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. And he came armed with enough quips and tales to fill a hospital wing. All aimed at shining a light on the patient’s role in health care.
Along with laughs and memorable moments, Kling and other two other featured speakers in the opening session attempted to inspire different ways of approaching and thinking about people powering health care.
Kling shared stories and insights from his own experiences in health care. “In health care, we’re in a point of transition. We’re becoming more responsible about the outcome of our own story,” he said. “I think that’s a good thing.”
Setting the tone – “Health as a condition of citizenship”
Moderator John Hockenberry who has attended by his count 4 or 5 Transform events, set the tone early for the annual gathering of health care thought leaders from around the globe.
“I am so excited about the journey we’re going to take you on over the next couple of days,” said Hockenberry, as he encouraged those attending Transform to get engaged in their own health care. “If we thought of health as a condition of citizenship, would we begin to be able to think in a more improvisational and healthy way about problems in our health care system.”