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Regina Holliday

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Regina Holliday
Founder, Walking Wall

Regina Holliday is an activist, artist, speaker and author. You might see her at a health conference painting the content she hears from the patient view. She is part the movement known as participatory medicine. She and others in this movement believe that the patient is a partner with their provider and both should work together as a team.

Regina is a mother and a widow; she speaks about the benefits of health information technology and timely data access for patients due to her family loss. In 2009, she painted a series of murals depicting the need for clarity and transparency in medical records. This advocacy mission was inspired by her late husband Frederick Allen Holliday II and his struggle to get appropriate care during 11 weeks of continuous hospitalization at 5 facilities. Her paintings became part of the national debate on health care reform and helped guide public policy.

She also began an advocacy movement called “The Walking Gallery.” The Gallery consists of medical providers and advocates who wear patient story paintings on the backs of business suits. Paint and patients, pills and policy all come together within The Walking Gallery of Healthcare. This "walking wall" of 400+ individuals who wear personal patient narrative paintings on their backs is changing minds and opening hearts. They are attending medical conferences where often there isn’t a patient speaker on the dais or in the audience. They are providing a patient voice, and by doing so, are changing the conversation. She published a book with the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) in 2012 entitled: "The Walking Wall: 73 Cents to the Walking Gallery." She was recently appointed as a judge for HIMSS’ 2016 Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards


Gordon, Elana, “This Artist is Trying to Transform Digital Health One Painting at a Time.” WHYY: The Pulse, April 14, 2016,

The Wall Street Journal, “Walking Billboards for Patient Centered Care,” by Amy Marcus, March 4, 2016

USA Today, “Patient advocate fights for access to digital records through her art,” May 25, 2015,

PharmaVoice, 100 Most Inspiring People in Life Sciences, July/August 2014,

Gorenstein, Dan, “In health care reform, art keeps patients in the picture” MarketPlace, 27 June, 2013

Shute, Nancy, “An Artists Brush Reveals Tales of Struggle and Survival,” NPR, 7 June, 2013

Thew, Jennifer, “Becoming Somebody: Regina Holliday Doesn’t Give Up When It Comes to Speaking Up For Patients,” HL7 Standards, 21 May, 2013

Barr, Sarah, “Activist Ignites a Movement For Patients Through Art and Story,” Kaiser Health News, 22 February, 2013,

Neporent, Liz, “Hallmark Greeeting Cards for the Final Goodbye,” ABC News, 19 February, 2013,

Young, Shaundra, “Advocacy Group: 26,000 Die Prematurely Without Health Insurance.” CNN Health, 20 June 2012

Stone, Judy, “TedMed 2012: Dessert” Scientific American, Molecules to Medicine Blog, 19 June 2012

Aris, Rebecca “Patient Perspectives: Regina Holliday” PharmaPhorum ,13 June 2012

Small, Vanessa, “Walking Gallery’ Tells Medical Stories” The Washington Post, 10 June 2012 - The Washington Post

Chase, Dave, “ Mr. Obama, Tear Down this Wall” Forbes, 6 June 2012.

Millenson, Michael, “Will Regina Holliday Become Health Care's Rosa Parks?” Forbes, 6 May 2012.

Brownlee, Shannon, “The Doctor Will See You-If You’re Quick” Newsweek, 16 April 2012.

Taboh, Julie, “Grieving Widow Sends Political Message Through Art” Voice of America, 29 December 2010.

Cohen, Elizabeth, “Patients Demand:’Give us our damned data’” CNN, 14 January 2010.

Parikh, Rahul, “Regina Holliday and the Art of Health Reform” Salon, 29 September 2009.

Shapiro, Joe “A Widow Paints a Health Care Protest” NPR, 9 November 2009

Milbank, Dana, “Washington Sketch: In Mural, Widow Paints Plea for Health-care Reform” The Washington Post, 6 August 2009.

Speaker's Profile:
Twitter: @ReginaHolliday

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