Advocates Are Not Born. They Are Made: Lilly Stairs and the “Donut Hole of Patient Access”
Lilly Stairs is the Founder of Patient Authentic, which is exactly as it sounds: a bully pulpit that takes (1) the chocolate that is the health tech sector and (2) the peanut butter that are the nonprofits, and makes the Reeses Peanut Butter cup of social change that puts the patient at the forefront of every conversation. Advocates are not born. They are made, often of their own condition. Lilly is no exception having been diagnosed with psoriasis at 7, and then both psoriatic arthritis and Crohn’s disease at 19. She’s worked for Pharma, Bio, Patient Advocate Groups, and Nonprofit Organizations. She wears many hats. In addition to all those things, we spent time exploring the “donut hole of access” between the health-tech and nonprofit sectors—Twas an epic discussion.