TEDx Talk – Taking Health Care to the Streets

Oct 25, 2017 -

Last month I delivered a TEDx talk in Nashville, which is now posted on YouTube and I hope you will watch. It was about health care for underserved communities, a subject so important to me that it inspired a major course correction in my career and led to open of NextLevel Health.

It has long frustrated me that for many communities, especially those that are low-income, health care is not always viewed as an entitlement. I grew up in one of those communities and know the story all too well. People only went to the doctor when they were seriously ill and by then it was usually too late.

Why? There was no such thing as good health education and preventative care. Residents didn’t understand their health care insurance benefits, and it didn’t matter because they wouldn’t take advantage of them even if they did know how they worked. Worst of all, hospitals were a place to avoid at all costs.

In my talk, I explain how we’re working to break through these unfortunate myths and to get to a place where everyone has access to health care services, and knows how to use them to stay healthy. I would really appreciate it if you would view my TEDx talk, which is about 13 minutes long, and give me your feedack. And I would be so grateful if you could forward it to your friends and colleagues—either directly or through social media, to garner as much attention for this issue as possible.

I’m devoting my life to changing the health care equation, and reaching a greater audience means the world to me.

Thank you so much.


Dr. Cheryl Whitaker




About NextLevel Health
NextLevel Health is a Medicaid managed health care plan for people with Medicaid or persons participating in the (Medicare and Medicaid) Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program, and live in Cook County. We assist you in managing and coordinating your care with a deep understanding of you, your community and your health–one on one, right in your own community. Because a healthier you means a healthier community.

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