Cynthia is committed to fighting mental health stigma. She has direct service expertise managing chronic health conditions, disability, and substance use/abuse as well as advocating for addiction recovery. Cynthia advocates for everyone seeking to learn how to live life on life’s terms without the use of mind-altering or mood-changing substances that change their reality into non-reality. Cynthia wants to inform providers and system leadership about the challenges of pain management and chronic illness for consumers with substance use disorder as well as give back to her community in the form of increasing support for individuals living with multiple health challenges. Cynthia was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and has lived in Berkeley, CA since 1970.
From a Patient’s Perspective: Reflections, Ideas and Action Steps to Build Meaningful Patient Engagement
Each of us was drawn to health care for different reasons or motivations. Almost universally though, we share a common commitment to the desired end result: improving care and outcomes for the patients we serve. Whether you come to the conversation from a practice or education lens, patients are our North Star. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of the patient voice as a part of the care and learning team. The perspective of patients is critical so that systems of care and learning can be designed and evaluated to truly reflect patient goals.…