In 1999, Alexandra co-founded Eliza, then at Health 2.0 in 2008 she co-founded Engage With Grace, a viral movement that encourages people to talk about end of life care. In 2010 she brought us the idea of the “unmentionables” — subjects you don’t normally hear about on a stage like sex, death, taxes, and vulnerability — and introduced Elizalife.org’s Ostrich Index.
For the seventh installment of the Unmentionables, we made the argument that what used to be taboo may now finally be gaining the attention it deserves…topics like sex, divorce, death of a loved one, a bad boss – everyday new evidence arises that these life factors don’t just influence health – they can define it. With the silver tsunami so too will come new challenges – and opportunities…like the isolating grip of caregiver stress, financial fraud and abuse of seniors, and the opportunity to do death well. If the definition of health needs to be expanded to include life because when life goes wrong, health goes wrong – then maybe the ultimate disease management program would be the one that got you a job. We talked about all that – plus the role empathy can (MUST) have in consumer driven design.
Today a new experience economy is emerging, where we no longer peddle products but create integrated experiences that address people’s overarching health needs. It might be a simple blood-pressure check during a pharmacy visit to refill a prescription that leads to a new diet which prevents heart attack. Experts on this panel debated on the landscape of shared objectives, shared how their respective organizations are forging new partnerships, and are delivering innovative care models for an ever tech-savvy consumer.
Alexandra Drane explores the work and research of love and relationship guru, Esther Perel.
At the 8th Annual Fall Conference, the full Unmentionables session explored everything from purpose to sex to stress, and the ever growing importance of understanding these issues as they relate to our health.
Vic explores how strong purpose in live impacts not only our mental health but everything from HbA1c levels to heart disease.
Alexandra kicks off the 5th year of the ever-popular Unmentionables with her discussion of magnifiers and buffers, as they help measure life, happiness and health.
The Unmentionables panel, moderated by Alex Drane of Eliza, is a place for those companies whose topics simply are not often discussed in health care. This year vulnerability, care-giving, death, sex, stress, and drinking were addressed from companies including Cigna, Altarum Institute, the Pew Research Center, UCSF, Delivering Happiness (Zappos), Hula, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and author Gabrielle Glaser. The theme for this year’s panel was “Health is life. Care, completely. Empathy always.”
Lacey is the Director for Mayo Clinic’s Biomedical Statistics & Informatics Project Management Office which
means she runs stacks of research programs working with ONC, CaBIG, SHARP, eMERGE and more. But she’s here to show how the SE Minnesota Beacon is one of the very first to incorporate “unmentionable” patient data including money, relationships, and emotions into clinical practice.