In today’s episode of the Self Love Breakfast Club, we are joined by Beth Battaglino, a practicing nurse, and CEO of the non-profit HealthyWomen. We speak with Beth about her healthcare career and how she came to be CEO of HealthyWomen. Tuning in listeners will hear about the history of the company, which started as the National Women’s Health Resource Center. It was established in the 1980s by a female OBGYN who wanted women to have easy access to healthcare information at a time when women’s health was not a priority. During this time she was able to obtain a toll-free number, providing women with crucial access to reliable information prior to the internet age. Beth has carried on this legacy with her work at HealthyWomen, continually adapting to the rapid changes that have taken place in media, information, and consumer expectations. On a tight budget, Beth was able to leverage creative marketing and form relationships with high-profile magazines in the 1990s, providing them with quick and accurate sources on women’s health and healthcare. She has continued this successful adaptation for the company by fostering a culture that embraces change. Later we hear about Beth’s passion for preventative healthcare, why she believes in a holistic approach to medicine, and why a functional doctor or practicing nurse is an excellent healthcare resource. Our conversation with Beth was informative and inspiring and we loved having her on the show. Join us today for all this and more!
Key Points From This Episode:
- Introducing today’s guest Beth Battaglino, a practicing nurse, and CEO of HealthyWomen.
- In goals, gratitude, and badassery, Beth explains why her biggest goal is getting everyone safe and clear of the COVID 19 pandemic.
- Why Beth is proud to have been able to grow a company through the pandemic.
- Beth shares how she became CEO of HealthyWomen by recognizing an opportunity.
- Some insight into the background of the National Women’s Health Resource Center.
- How the National Women’s Health Resource Center was to provide health information to women prior to the internet age.
- How the internet has been a boon to healthcare information and fostered female community and solidarity.
- How HealthyWomen operates in the internet age by sharing women’s stories, listening to women, and providing reliable and medically vetted resources and information.
- How Beth formed relationships with high-profile magazines in the 1990s by leveraging creative marketing.
- Hear about Beth’s holistic approach to healthcare and her enthusiasm for a preventative approach.
- Why Beth is on a mission to get women to prioritize their health and do annual screenings.
- Understanding why certain hospitals and states have done well during the pandemic and why we need to disseminate those lessons.
- The value of visiting a functional doctor or a nurse practitioner.
“It was her vision to create an organization that provided health information. So if you were diagnosed or had a question about any health concern, you could dial a toll-free number because, in 1988, there was no internet and people did not have cell phones.” — @BBCRN [03:16]
“But I think the most important reason why we’re so successful is that we’re not afraid of change. There are so many businesses, there are so many nonprofits that are afraid to change, and we embrace change.” — @BBCRN [08:18]
“We need to learn from others, we need to hit pause and learn how and why there are some hospital systems and states that have done so well, and make sure that we share that information and share it amongst ourselves as well, so everyone has the opportunity to be successful.” — @BBCRN [21:18]
“I feel women have this special instinct, and it’s our gut instinct. When something tells us it’s not right, it’s usually not right. So if in doubt, Never be afraid to get a second opinion.” — @BBCRN 22:33]
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