As we continue our series of team member spotlights let’s hear from Kristen!
Title: Associate Director of Sponsor Programs
Explain what you do at WEGO Health!
I’m an Associate Director of Sponsor Programs. I work closely with our healthcare and pharmaceutical sponsors on a daily basis to create valuable and educational programs for online communities and Health Activists.
How have Health Activists affected your outlook on health?
I could go on and on about how Health Activists have impacted by outlook on health, but I’ll keep it short. When I started at WEGO Health four years ago, the two greatest, and probably most simple, learnings were:
- I need to see myself as an equal partner with my doctors in the healthcare process
- We, the patients, really need to support each other and share experiences – the online community of patients is a significant and much needed healthcare resource
Overall, Health Activists have fueled my passion about improving the patient healthcare experience.
If you had one super power what would it be? Why?
Time travel – I’d love to be able to go back in time to experience different eras and cultures.
What are your hobbies/what activities put a smile on your face?
Hiking, wine tasting, interior decorating (Pinterest has really fueled that hobby), exploring new places, reading library books (I like the experience of an actual, physical, book), watching Clemson football – GO TIGERS!, going to the lake, and most importantly spending time with my fiancé, family, friends and co-workers!
What motivates you to empower patients?
The Health Activists we work with. The courage they have to share their personal experiences, and their tireless dedication to educating and supporting others, despite the limitations that accompany an illness or chronic condition, drives me to make sure that we are providing them a voice and listening to what they have to say. I have many family members and friends that have been majorly impacted by conditions like Lupus, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, RA, and I’m proud to be able to direct them to patient resources created by Health Activists – whether it’s a blog that shares raw emotions or tips and tricks for daily living or a patient video that was created by WEGO Health, our sponsor and the real stars…Health Activists.
What’s your motto that sees you through difficult times?
“Life does not need to be perfect to be wonderful”