What’s in a name?

There is power in a name.

There is power in branding that name.

There is power in recognition.

When we started Occupy Healthcare, we did so because we wanted to bring attention to so many of the issues plaguing us all in healthcare.

We knew that there were many things in healthcare that we wanted to highlight as innovative and effective. We also knew there were many things in healthcare that were broken, and we wanted to discuss these issues due to their ineffectiveness.

Spend some time reading through our posts and you will see that this is what we have done.

We have a name, and that name is change. However, change is often confused with other efforts that may or may not be related to healthcare so we did what made the most sense, we took another name to represent change. We adopted the Occupy Healthcare moniker as our name.

“Occupying healthcare” is what we want to do in order to accomplish change.

From the very beginning, we have been about the community and expanding the national dialogue around healthcare. One of our very first posts stated the following:

“It has always been the right time to take on the issue of healthcare, but now we have the tools, the ability to organize and the knowledge to make a difference. This website will be a location where the community can come to discuss healthcare. A place where meaningful healthcare issues can be raised and worked on together. Want to tell us your story? Want to write about a healthcare issue? Drop us an Email and let us know. Want to join our community, request an invitation for our Google group.

This remains a high priority for our team, and the invitations also remain open.

Back to the name.

While many in the public continue to be confused around the Occupy Wall Street movement, we have been very clear what the Occupy Healthcare movement has been about.

We have general principles that we support.

We model “multidisciplinary” in our team and in our writing.

We all want to build the system that America (and the world) deserves.

Our name and our mission is very simple – we want to change healthcare. We do this by bringing the community together to occupy one of the most complicated and important aspects of our life – health and healthcare.

Are you working on changing healthcare? You are Occupy Healthcare.

Are you involved in improving the health of the community? You are Occupy Healthcare.

So what’s in a name? For us, everything.

Dr. Miller has his doctorate in clinical psychology and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine where he is the Director of the Office of Integrated Healthcare Research and Policy. His core task is to integrate mental health across all three of the department’s core mission areas: clinical, education, and research. Opinions expressed here are his own and not those of his employer.

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  • http://www.thepatientpod.com Pat Mastors

    It is the nation’s good fortune (and every person who will ever need health care) that the “Occupy Healthcare” URL, brand and moniker was claimed early on by this group (starting with Ben Miller). This grass-roots movement is driven by remarkable clarity of purpose, passion and commitment to fix our dysfunctional, fractionalized health care system. The word “multi-disciplinary” says it all – to succeed, we need thinkers and doers from the full spectrum of health care to step up and share their insights and talents. Many of us are already here, and ready to roll up our sleeves.

    Can Occupy Healthcare really make a difference? I have two words:

    OH Yes!

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