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Leading with Health

Jun 24, 2019

Jennifer explores our healthcare system’s attitudes towards doctors with disabilities. This was inspired by the article, What Medicine Can Learn from Doctors and Researchers with Disabilities.

Highlights include:

8:29 – “You’re talking about a system that is all about healing that doesn’t actually value the basic health of its participants, of its own members, of its own staff.”

10:37 – “It’s not so much that we are scared of being disabled … but it’s what will happen to us. What will happen to our social circle, what does that mean for us as people and our identity … we’re scared of becoming that ‘other’.”

11:04 – “We’re so scared of looking at this that we simply don’t.”

11:18 – “Our culture does not do a very good job of helping people
understand how to handle emotions, especially uncomfortable emotions.”

11:29 – “There are no negative emotions; there are just emotions that are more comfortable than others.”

11:50 – Why people close down in the face of people with disabilities.

13:34 – “If we devalue our providers with disabilities, what does that say about our patients and what we think about them?”

15:42 – “Why are we not educated on how many options there are to help people with different disabilities?”

18:10 – “We don’t value real-life experiences as much as didactic, academic knowledge and training.”

21:06 – “We are not taught how to ask difficult questions or to discuss anything uncomfortable.”

Leading with Health is hosted by Jennifer Michelle. Jennifer has a Master’s in Public Health and Epidemiology and is a certified EMT. As President of Michelle Marketing Strategies (, Jennifer specializes in healthcare marketing. She is on a mission to help women find their voice so they can create a stronger, more responsive healthcare system.

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