Matthew Cortland is a patient and healthcare rights advocate from Massachusetts. He received his graduate training in public health from Boston University and earned a Juris Doctorate from George Mason University School of Law. He believes that healthcare is a human right. He loves tea, British humour, fountain pens, and dark chocolate.
Darla Brown is a cancer survivor and healthcare rights advocate from California. When she was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, she was between jobs and thus uninsured. Without the safety net, she would have been unable to receive treatment for cancer. Throughout her career, she has led engineering and product teams at startups in Los Angeles. Most recently, she founded Intake.me, a digital health startup focused on patient empowerment and health literacy. When not online, she practices yoga, searches for the perfect iced latte, and throws the ball for her Goldendoodle.
Sangeeta Agarawal is a true holistic nurse, engineer, and entrepreneur – she strives to bridge the gap in healthcare by leveraging the best of eastern and western medicine and to share with community how to leverage technology to empower themselves. She is currently CEO and Founder of Helpsy, a company providing automated care plan, referrals and easy access to healthcare practitioners from all healing modalities. She serves in leadership positions at Oncology Nursing Society, Society of Integrative Oncology, Annie Appleseed Project and on the advisory board of Digital health ventures. Prior to her current life as an entrepreneur, Sangeeta was a Clinical Ayurveda specialist, a registered nurse, researcher, author, and computer scientist. She was an oncology nurse at The Mayo Clinic, Stanford Hospital, and UCSF Hospital and a NIH funded researcher at UCSF. Prior to entering healthcare, Sangeeta led a successful startup acquired by Skype, and worked as a computer scientist at multinational organizations including IBM and Google.
Jessica Gimeno is a healthcare advocate, speaker, and writer. She has six chronic illnesses and a disability that requires daily use of a cane. Without the Affordable Care Act, which expanded Medicaid in Illinois, she would not have healthcare. Jessica fights for healthcare nationally and locally with groups like Protect Our Care Illinois. She has spearheaded events like the Medicaid Statewide Day of Action, which involved thirty organizations’ members contacting then-Governor Rauner. Jessica’s TEDx Talk, “How To Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed,” has over 1 million views, and was named one of the Best Depression Videos Of The Year by Healthline for two consecutive years. In 2012, Jessica launched her website, Fashionably ill, which is about surviving pain with style and humor. She has also written about healthcare policy in The Huffington Post. Jessica graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communications and a Second Major in Political Science. You can follow her on Twitter @JessicaGimeno. When not online, Jessica enjoys painting watercolors and spending time with her nephews.