Increasing Patient Activation in NYC: The Right Question-Effective Patient Strategy (RQ-EPS)

Last week we posted about a recent article in the WSJ on patient activation. We are calling for more champions for this significant approach to help patients gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage their health needs. Judith Hibbard not only developed the language and framework of patient activation, but also the validated tool […]

We Need More Champions for Patient Activation

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal makes a strong case for patient activation.  Patient activation refers to a patient’s knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage their own health. According to the article, “patients who are highly activated have better outcomes and incur lower costs, studies show, even though as many as 40% of […]

Reflections on the QFT, the Simplest Approach to Student Centered Learning

The Right Question Institute offers professional development sessions across the country on Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions. Recently, one of our guest associates, Richard Wallace (@wally), facilitated a session and then offered his reflection on the Question Formulation Technique as a student centered learning strategy for any school environment. In his reflection, he […]

Lessons from the American Public Health Association Conference

What do a physician who works with farmworkers, a researcher studying health among incarcerated individuals, a nurse working with cancer patients, and a community health worker helping low-income patients find subsidized housing all have in common? They all stopped by the RQI booth at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference or attended our presentation, […]

Happy 2013!

This has been an exciting year in the life of the Right Question Institute. Last year, we changed our name to the “Right Question Institute,” and Harvard Education Press published our book, Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions. At the time it was published, Mike Rose (author of Why School? […]

The Lasting Value of the Voter Engagement Strategy for Election Day and Beyond

We have a guest blogger on the Microdemocracy Blog. Nathalie Alegre immigrated from Peru with her family when she was 17 years old. After attending community college in Miami, she transferred to Yale University and in 2008 received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and is currently engaged in environmental organizing in New Haven, CT. She’s been interviewing some of the great […]

Making connections: Domestic Violence, Homelessness and…Voting?

For the past month, the nation has sharply focused on a decision about who will lead the country for the next four years. In that same time, in our voter engagement initiative, we’ve been working with people who, every week, come face to face with decisions in the public sector that have enormous consequences for […]

Overcoming Subtle forms of Voter Suppression

When I was a welfare recipient, I always felt like the caseworker on the other side of the desk had a lot of power to affect my life. There were all sorts of decisions made right there, on the spot, that might mean my benefits could be cut off or maybe I wouldn’t be able […]

Questions, Decisions and Democracy

We’ve been at work for more than 15 years teaching a strategy that helps people in low-income communities learn to advocate for themselves and their families. It’s been used most often by ordinary citizens to advocate for their children at school, secure better job training opportunities, prevent being cut-off from welfare benefits, seek health care, […]