My career in health care began over 20 years ago and the best advice I can provide is this: don’t get sick. Our nation has the capacity to provide the best health care in the world, yet our delivery and payment systems are inexplicably complicated. Pundits, politicians and entrepreneurs often propose seemingly simple solutions to the problem (like a centralized electronic medical record or a single payer system), yet they lack an understanding of how these ideas will impact the constituent components of the system. That’s where I come in.
I don’t have a master’s degree in public health. I didn’t major in public policy. Instead, I learned about how multiple components of a concept must come together harmoniously to create a real-life solution. I learned about the importance of history, the power of community and how the many aspects of one’s environment fuel the human experience. I am a health care strategy consultant and I studied architecture.
I majored in architecture at Yale and earned masters’ degrees in architecture and business from the University of Michigan. As a career consultant, I have partnered with clients providing service in a full range of health care delivery models. I fluidly shift from the strategic to the tactical, always considering how a proposed solution will impact the different constituencies of my client’s health care family.
I bring new ideas to health care because I am not always thinking about health care. Over the years I’ve waxed poetic about the country of Lebanon, bemoaned the lack of gender equity in America, predicted the fracturing of the Republican Party, called out the ineptitude of the Malaysian government, got called out by the New Zealand police for speeding and proposed a solution to the global refugee crisis. Of course I also publish regularly about health care in industry journals and other media outlets.
I have written a novel, Mama’s Got a Brand New Job. As an offshoot to the book, I started a merchandising company called Celebrate Your Brain. Both of these projects thematically support my personal brand by offering a fresh take on familiar topics. I invite you to explore the websites associated with these initiatives.
My latest project combines my professional experience with my signature brand of unique strategic analysis for a book called Health Care: Meet the American Dream. It is an endeavor to match our American value system with our health care system by leveraging market-based pricing, improving incentive alignment and increasing patient accountability. In support of the book, I have conducted extensive research on policy and health care financing. Sharing leading-edge industry information with my clients is an enriching part of many of my client engagements.
I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter, the Powers Report, to learn about my latest projects, articles and appearances. You can also find me in the usual social media places, or you can simply visit me here at www.janispowers.com.
Thank you for your interest!