My Healthcare Story is a project from the University of Massachusetts Amherst senior, Kate Pecora. This space is uniquely curated to highlight the differences and similarities across the United States as they relate to access, affordability, and quality of healthcare. Through her travels across the country in search of those who have experienced disparities in healthcare, outrageous medical bills, and the stories of care that touch each edge of the nation, Kate will bring the faces of healthcare to the forefront of the conversation. To change the future of healthcare, we all must use our voices, share our stories, and demand a better system.

Check out the latest stories:

  • Katharine and the Heimerdinger Foundation

    March 6, 2020 by

    There is a reason why mom’s homemade chicken soup tastes even better when you’re muddling through a cold. Wellness through whole, balanced nutrition has become a cornerstone to successful recovery programs for every diagnosis under the sun. With anti-inflammatory properties, the ability to boost the immune system, and necessary vitamins and minerals, eating right, especially… Read more

  • Carol

    February 6, 2020 by

    Last week, I shared two stories from Patient Brigade members at the University of Chicago Cancer Center. For the final story in this series, I am highlighting a different take on the unsung heroes in Cancer Care.  The familiar narrative for treatment of a cancer diagnosis is that the process can be physically, emotionally, and… Read more

  • Maxica

    January 30, 2020 by

    In a perfect world, doctors would be able to make precise diagnoses based only on the presentation of symptoms. These clear-cut textbook cases would disregard the messy human biases that each of us has, whether or not we have contended with them. As I met Maxica, a woman of articulacy and a background in the… Read more

  • Angela

    January 23, 2020 by

    If you have ever stepped foot into a public health classroom, the odds are that you have discussed the concept of social determinants of health. This is the cornerstone of epidemiology, the study of health in various populations. Race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity, among other demographics, follow a gradient of positive… Read more

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