Transform 2013 – Igniting New Approaches that will Transform our Daily Lives


An ecosystem of health and care will not thrive without new approaches that transform our daily lives, and the panelists for the Transform Symposium’s Ignite session are working hard to ensure their innovative ideas are among the approaches that will bring about this transformation.

While their projects share the common thread of improving health care, their focal points bookend the entire human lifespan, take seemingly a minor activity and enhance it to show major results, and prevent conflicts while also preparing individuals for the difficult conversations that are necessary to achieve goals.

Bobbie S. Gostout, M.D., Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, is planning for the practice changes that will assure vibrant and viable models for the future of women’s health care. She and her colleagues have also partnered with Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation to improve value in prenatal care.

Anne Fishel, Ph.D., Founding Member, The Family Dinner Project, is a family therapist, clinical psychologist and associate clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. As a founding member of The Family Dinner Project, she created a start-up grassroots movement around family meals, which have been linked in recent studies to higher grade-point averages, resilience and self-esteem and lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders and depression.

Like Dr. Fishel, Robert R. Stains Jr., M.Ed., is also a founding member of The Family Dinner Project. Additionally, he serves as the Senior Vice President of Public Conversations Project, which prevents and transforms conflicts driven by deep differences in identity, beliefs, or values. They facilitate, train, consult, and design meetings or conferences using Reflective Structured Dialogue, which is a time-tested approach for creating conversations when the stakes are high or the conditions difficult.

David J. Horazdovsky is President and CEO of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, which is the nation's largest nonprofit provider of long-term care, housing and senior services. They also have a special focus on developing well-being innovations that create and improve environments where people call home.