The School of Professional Studies’ Executive Master in Healthcare Leadership program will convene an evening panel of experts who have written books on how patients can help to manage their medical care. The event, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, is open to the public at 200 Dyer St.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Patients are not just passive recipients of health care. They can be active partners in the process. At a free, public evening discussion Dec. 8 at the Brown University School of Professional Studies, three panelists will share their stories about the importance of becoming a full member of their own care team.


  • Dave deBronkart, also known on the Internet as “e-Patient Dave,” is the author of Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook.
  • Pat Mastors is the CEO of Pear Health LLC. She was a news and medical reporter at several New England television stations and wrote Design to Survive: 9 Ways an IKEA Approach Can Fix Health Care & Save Lives.
  • Kerri Sparling recently published her first book, Balancing Diabetes, and writes the diabetes blog Six Until Me.

At the event titled, “How Super-Patients Activate Their Super-Powers,” the speakers will discuss examples from their own lives as patients and advocates and describe the importance of patient engagement across three dimensions of care: acute, chronic, and crisis.

Brown University School of Professional Studies
200 Dyer Street, Providence
(Parking on-site)

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.