Fredrick Douglass once said “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Those strands of struggle braid themselves together and tie this vast nation together. Sometimes chaffing against those in contact with it, sometime supporting them like a tightrope held taut by equal parts dream and deed. There are many histories of struggle within the healthcare industry as well. Histories of the struggle of new scientific breakthroughs, first reviled and ridiculed and then finally embraced. Other histories that follow a struggle over access, over who received care and the quality of the care they received. What ties these stories of struggle together is the activists surrendering their seconds and their spirit in pursuit of a new and different tomorrow.
Welcome to STEPS to Value, a podcast that explores the intersection of people, processes & technology in healthcare as the industry moves towards a value-focused model. As the healthcare industry prepares itself for new leadership at the federal, state, and local level, STEPS to Value is taking an in-depth look at the always evolving relationship between healthcare and public policy. In today’s episode and the final part of our three-part series on healthcare and public policy, we will study the impact advocacy can have on the policy-making process with Leslie Bruce, Director, Healthcare Leadership and Community Outreach at UC San Diego Extension. Leslie also shares about her experiences mentoring future Health IT leaders as part of our Women in HIT series.
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