Fabulous Female Friday celebrates the extraordinary, ordinary, powerful, passionate and fabulous female!
Happy International Women’s Day! I can’t think of a better day to feature Hannah Luetke-Stahlman! She is smart, she is committed to so many causes that make the world a better place, she is dedicated to improving end-of-life care and creating a space to discuss death and aging, and she’s an awesome mom, wonderful friend and all-around fabulous female!
Let’s get to know her a little better…
Q&A with Hannah
Tell me about your family.
I have a 3 year old son, Tripp, an amazing partner, Rick, and a rescue dog, Tarzan. My dad lives about 2 minutes down the road from us and my mom is in Seattle (we love visiting her in the summer!). I have three sisters who live with their families in Lawrence, KS; Denton, TX and Tucson, AZ.
Tell me about what you do at Cerner and why you love it. Hannah is a Senior Strategist in Population Health
I've been at Cerner for about 5 1/2 years and have always been in Population Health strategy. Shortly after starting, I had a really wonderful executive, Dr. Hugh Ryan, who assigned me the project of developing a technology solution for Palliative Care clinicians. Despite knowing little about Cerner solutions or the Palliative Care field, I leaned in to the challenge and immediately fell in love. For those unfamiliar with the specialty, Palliative Care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative Care throughout the continuum of illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs while facilitating patient autonomy, access to information and choice. It is appropriate at any age, at any stage of a serious illness and you can receive curative treatment alongside it. The solution I designed with my team identifies patients who could benefit from Palliative Care services with an electronic algorithm running in the background and then provides clinicians with a variety of tools and analytics to help them care for these patients and their families. Internally, I do a lot of education and advocacy within Cerner to promote the importance of Palliative Care and patient-centered care, as well as external education to the healthcare industry, stakeholders and clients on Cerner's strategy and solutions. I really love what I do because of all the incredible people I get to work with. I'm a connector and truly enjoy hearing people's stories - and believe me, when it comes to healthcare, everyone has one. Knowing that the innovations I help create can directly impact the lives of my family and my friends' families is what keeps me going.
Tell me about your fellowship and how it ties in to your work.
This past year I was selected as a 2018-2019 Health & Aging Policy Fellow. This program provides a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to gain the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans. It's a 12-month program that began in October with a 6-week orientation in Washington DC, at which time we interviewed with different congressional offices, committees and executive branch federal agencies. We are then placed with one of them for the remainder of our fellowship year to support them on their policy priorities related to health and/or aging issues. I am excited to announce I recently accepted a placement offer with Congresswoman Sharice Davids who represents the Third Congressional District of Kansas and my hometown of Olathe, KS. I am extremely fortunate to have a very supportive and creative Vice President who approved my unconventional idea of applying to the fellowship program and agreed to have it be a portion of my job responsibilities and role for the year. Upon completion of the program, I will have a better understanding of our country's policy-making process and know how to advocate for my field, as well as patients and families, at a local, state and national level.
If you had a magic wand and could fix one issue in your field, what would it be?
If I had a magic wand, I would create a culture and society that embraced and celebrated death more. It's a funny thing, we all know it's going to happen to us and the ones we love - many of us have already experienced a loss that has profoundly impacted our lives forever - but we don't talk about it. Do you know what your loved ones wishes are at the end of life? Do you know what yours are? Have you communicated them to anyone or documented them in any way? In healthcare, we focus on preventative medicine and curative treatment at every cost and rarely take a look at how it is impacting the quality of life and care that patients receive. With my magic wand, I would want to normalize the conversation around death and dying in an effort to help us all live our lives here on earth to the absolute fullest.
Favorite TV show: The Office, we've probably watched the entire series at least 10 times
Favorite Podcast: Oprah's Super Soul Sunday
Favorite Restaurant in KC or anywhere: You can't take the BBQ out of the Kansas City girl - Q39 for sure!
Favorite Place to shop: I'm pretty hooked on my Le Tote subscription, but when in DC love checking out The Outrage
Any fun trips on the horizon? Really looking forward to the Canadian Parliament Exchange program we're doing in May as part of the fellowship program. Never expected to check out Ottawa, Canada!
Told you she was smart!!! Thanks for playing along, Hannah! The world is a better place with you in it :)