Jul 22, 2013, 4:15 PM, Posted by Andrea Ducas
The thin, paper-like hospital gown. Open. Exposing. Awkward. The perfect symbol for what health care in America represents for most of us.
As a bit of context, last week I spent three days with a group of amazing women from across the health care industry at an RWJF-sponsored forum hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges. At that meeting, a key part of the discussion centered on where the opportunity for meaningful, collective, action might lie to catalyze dramatic system transformation. More than once, the hospital gown metaphor came up.
To me, though, this symbol represents much more than a call for system transformation—I see it as a battle cry for empowerment.
Let me explain.