A WHAMGlobal woman deserves...
...to live in a society where she is not discriminated against based on her race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious belief.
...to always have the right to choose.
...to have access to high quality and affordable health care.
...to be an empowered patient, in control of her physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
...to receive equal opportunity and equal pay in the workplace.
...to be respected in society.
...to be safe from violence at home and in the community.
...to have protected time to care for loved ones.
Joanne Conroy, MD, CEO, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center; Founder: Women of Impact
Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, President & CEO, Jewish Healthcare Foundation; Member: Women of Impact; Co-Founder: WHAMGlobal
These are the Women of Impact – an extraordinary corps of some of the nation’s most high-achieving health care leaders.
> Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, Founder
Dr. Feinstein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its two operating arms, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and Health Careers Futures (HCF). Together they perform a unique mix of grantmaking, research, teaching, coaching, and project management.Under her leadership, JHF and PRHI have become a leading voice in patient safety, healthcare quality, and related workforce issues. When Dr. Feinstein founded PRHI, it was among the nation’s first regional multi-stakeholder quality coalitions devoted simultaneously to advancing efficiency, best practices, and safety by applying industrial engineering principles. Dr. Feinstein also founded HCF to assist the region’s healthcare industry in attracting, preparing, and retaining employees, and was a leader in the formation of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national coalition of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives.
Dr. Feinstein is widely regarded as a leader in healthcare quality improvement and frequently presents at national and international conferences. She was a presenter at the2016 TEDxBeaconStreet event, an independently organized Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) event with a global audience. She has served on the faculties of Boston College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of numerous regional and national publications on quality and safety. While at Boston College, she was the editor of the Urban & Social Change Review; she is the editor of the book Moving Beyond Repair: Perfecting Health Care. In 2015, she was named Pittsburgher of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine.
Dr. Feinstein is a past President of Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers of Western PA, and co-chair of the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative. She serves on many nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit boards, including NRHI, the United Way, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and the Allegheny Parks Foundation. She is on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Health Research Advisory Committee, Board of Visitors of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside Board of Directors, the UPMC System-wide Patient Care Committee, and IT Advisory Committee. She is a founding member of the national Women of Impact coalition.
Dr. Feinstein earned her bachelor’s degree in American History at Brown University, her master's in Social Work at Boston College, and her doctorate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Dr. Feinstein has Honorary Doctorates from Chatham and Carlow Universities.
> Pat Mastors, Coordinator
Pat brings together the WHAMGlobal online community, assists in strategic planning, and serves as the public voice of WHAMGlobal. She brings a decade of leadership at both the grassroots and policy levels as a passionate voice for quality health care, with a focus on how it is seen from the patient’s and family’s perspective. She is co-founder of the nonprofit Patients’ View Institute, and serves on leadership teams at the National Quality Forum, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and other organizations dedicated to high quality health care.
An award-winning journalist at New England television stations for more than two decades, Pat’s advocacy work began with a medical event in her family that she says “opened my eyes to how fractured the system is, and how easy it is for things to fall through the cracks.” Pat worked successfully to pass two patient safety laws in her home state of Rhode Island, developed a patented bedside tool to empower patients to have better experiences, and is the author of a critically acclaimed book on how the healthcare industry can better partner with patients to drive positive change in health care.
Pat’s view is that those people actively experiencing the system of care could become powerful drivers of change – if their collective impact could be focused. To that end, she joined with Women of Impact member Diane Stollenwerk to launch the nonprofit Patients’ View Institute (GoPVI.org), giving every patient a voice, and enhancing partnership between those receiving and delivering care.
WHAMGlobal is wired to act. Pat joined the WHAMGlobal team because the founders have a track record of achieving goals Pat cares deeply about. She is elated to help leverage the collective experience, skills, insight, and leadership of accomplished women from all sectors of health care to achieve the system we deserve: one that is equitable, transparent, safe, reliable, efficient, courteous, and accountable.
Here, you can engage with like-minded women, Forge new connections and collaborations. Whether you post in the WHAMGlobal Forum, write or commenting on a blog post, share an upcoming event, or learn what other are doing – you will be building a powerful community and contributing toward positive change. Some suggestions:
- Voice your opinions and visions by writing blogs that resonate with like-minded women
- Ask for help and suggestions to advance your work, practice or passion from peers across the world
- Share resources, tools, and tips for leading breakthroughs in improving health and health care
- Weigh in on policy developments and suggest how to shape, advance, or reject policies
- Suggest and organize virtual book clubs on works that catalyze change in health care
- Recommend a book, TED Talk, or Podcast
- Offer information about, learn about & attend interactive speakers’ series and other events, featuring women in healthcare leadership positions who have led breakthroughs in improving health and health care
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