Total Health Questionnaire: Marilyn Chow

Marilyn ChowRN, PhD, FAAN is Kaiser Permanente’s vice president of National Patient Care Services and Innovation.

Marilyn Chow

Marilyn Chow

Q: In a few words, what does Total Health mean to you?
A: Inner peace and integrated connectedness of mind, body, spirit.

Q: What’s your first health-related memory?
Drinking Chinese herb tea (very bitter!) for my respiratory infection as a young child.

Q: Which person, living or dead, is your health hero or role model?
Florence Nightingale.

Q: What is your favorite food?
Tastes around the world–tapas, Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, vegetables.

Q: What do you value most in your work? What inspires you to continue?
A: Making a difference in people’s lives.  Seeing positive changes occur keeps me inspired.

Q: If you could change one thing in health care, what would it be?
A: Shared decision-making with a deliberate focus on coaching and teaching people how to care for themselves.

Q: Where do/would you most like to travel?
A: Europe, especially Paris and Italy.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
A: Development and coaching of nurses and nurse executives across the US who are making a difference in health care.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would you pick?
Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Mead, and Florence Nightingale.


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