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- Roi Shternin is a passionate patient advocate, motivational speaker, and social entrepreneur dedicated to empowering those with mental health challenges or invisible disabilities.
- After experiencing undiagnosed trauma and PTSD for nearly a decade before being diagnosed with POTS, he founded The Patient School to educate and build community for those struggling similarly.
- He now gives acclaimed keynote speeches sharing his story of strength and resilience despite adversity, motivating audiences to break stigma and take control of their well-being.
- Through self-care and refusing to be defined by illness, Roi empowers others facing obstacles with a message of hope and reminder that they are never alone.
Roi Shternin is a passionate patient advocate, motivational speaker, and social entrepreneur dedicated to empowering people facing mental health challenges or living with invisible disabilities.
After experiencing trauma during military service that led to PTSD and debilitating symptoms, Roi was undiagnosed for nearly a decade before discovering he had Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) – a chronic illness often overlooked. Feeling dismissed and unsupported by the medical system inspired Roi’s mission to help others.
Roi founded The Patient School to educate and build a community for those struggling with mental health issues or hidden disabilities. He advocates for more compassionate, accessible healthcare through organizations like Health Tech Without Borders.
Now an acclaimed keynote speaker, Roi shares his inspirational story of strength, resilience, and thriving despite adversity. His empowering talks motivate audiences to break the stigma, speak up for their needs, and take control of their well-being.
Through self-care and refusal to be defined by illness, Roi proactively manages his health challenges. He empowers others facing obstacles through his message of hope and reminder that they are never alone.
Audiences are moved by Roi’s authenticity, courage, and positivity. He inspires people to live boldly and advocate for a society that embraces mental health diversity and Disability Pride. Roi continues creating supportive spaces so no one feels unseen or dismissed when seeking care.
From bedridden to bedside
From bedridden to bedside: The power of patient storytelling – In this inspiring keynote, Roi shares his journey from being bedridden to becoming a patient advocate and leader in the healthcare industry. He emphasizes the importance of using storytelling skills to engage, educate, and empower patients.
Why Disabled and Chronically Ill People May Be Your Best Employees
In this insightful and impactful keynote, speaker Roi Shternin will explain why hiring and retaining disabled and chronically ill individuals can provide significant benefits for your organization.
Roi will draw on his own experiences living with chronic illness and invisible disabilities to demonstrate how these employees can serve as highly skilled, dedicated, and innovative contributors. Their experiences managing challenges on a daily basis help cultivate valuable attributes like resilience, flexibility, time management, and problem-solving – key strengths that all successful teams need.
Attendees will learn why a diverse, inclusive workforce is not just a moral imperative but good for business. Research shows disabled employees have higher retention rates and take less sick time overall. Roi will profile model employers who have tapped into this untapped talent pool and experienced measurable gains in productivity, employee satisfaction, and brand reputation as a result.
Walk away from understanding why embracing neurodiversity and disability inclusion is a competitive advantage in today’s tight labor market. Roi’s engaging storytelling style will inspire leaders to see the opportunities that exist when we stop defining people by what they can’t do and start seeing their unlimited potential to contribute.
Building a Patient-Centered Healthcare System
In this thought-provoking keynote, patient advocate Roi Shternin will explain why a seismic shift is needed to create a truly patient-centered healthcare system.
Drawing from his own experiences of feeling dismissed and unsupported by doctors, Roi will outline the gaps and structural flaws that currently exist from a patient’s perspective. He will shed light on all-too-common problems like lack of compassion, poor communication, not addressing social determinants of health, and not seeing the whole human being.
Attendees will learn how the current provider-centric model prioritizes the business of medicine over the health and well-being of individuals. Using real case studies, Roi will illustrate the negative consequences this has for patient outcomes and the overall cost of care.
However, Roi’s message is one of hope and a vision for positive change. He will profile the patient-empowering initiatives and advocacy organizations working to put control, dignity and choice back into the hands of those receiving care. Roi will motivate and equip healthcare leaders to enact reforms that make patient needs and preferences the driving force in decision making at every level of the system.
After this keynote, attendees will better understand what truly patient-centered care looks like from the perspective of someone living with chronic illness or disability every day. They will leave empowered to drive the collaborative, preventative and holistic models of healthcare that patients deserve.
Starting a Revolution from Your Bed: Harnessing Inner Strength and Resilience for Empowerment
Join Roi Shternin as he shares his inspiring journey of how he started a revolution from his own bed and transformed his life by harnessing his inner strength and resilience. Despite facing adversity and challenges, Roi discovered the power of his own mindset and how it can lead to personal and professional growth. In this talk, he will share his insights on tapping into your inner strength, building resilience, and turning obstacles into opportunities. He will also discuss the importance of self-empowerment and show how to start a revolution in your life, no matter where you are or your circumstances. Roi’s message of hope and inspiration will motivate you to take control of your life and create a brighter future for yourself.
Programmes & workshops
Revolutionizing Inclusion: Empowering the Silent Voices in Healthcare
Building Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving"
Revolution From My Bed
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Rejecting the doctor’s dire pronouncement he would never walk again, nor marry or have children, Shternin regains full control of his life. A real-life medical mystery turned into a medical wonder, he diagnosed himself with a not-so-rare condition (POTS Syndrome). At 27, Shternin taught himself to walk and talk again, then persevered through the following years of periodic relapses. Fully rehabilitated, on reintegrating back into society, he discovered his mission: patients need a revolution. He founded several health charities, medical startups and was featured on TED. His newest project is The Patient School, where people learn self-advocacy to take charge of their medical journey and discover how to gamify and baby step their way to increased health and vitality. Revolution From My Bed is his first book.
What Do Patients Want?
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"What Do Patients Want" is a comprehensive guide for healthcare professionals to understand and empower patients. Written by patient advocate Roi Shternin, this book explores the importance of patient communication in healthcare and provides techniques for developing empathy and compassion as a healthcare provider. It also covers strategies for empowering patients to take an active role in their care, including storytelling, patient education, and resiliency. With a focus on the patient’s point of view, this guide offers a patient-centric approach to healthcare and includes a toolkit for patient engagement and empowerment. The book concludes with a look at the ongoing importance of patient communication and engagement in improving healthcare outcomes and provides additional resources for further learning about the topic. This guide is a must-read for healthcare professionals looking to understand and empower their patients.