Creating Projects in the World of Medicine to Communicate, Educate and Transform the Experience from Isolation to Connection
“The good physician treats the disease, the great physician treats the patient who has the disease”
The Made Visible Foundation was born as a result of “Not Defined by Diagnosis", a Photo Workshop and its resulting Exhibit that put cameras in the hands of teens and young adults with life threatening illnesses at Montefiore Children’s Hospital, allowing them to speak about their experiences in words and images. It made it obvious that sometimes portraits of greatness are found in unexpected places.
In establishing this organization, Annie Levy, joined by others, has turned her eye to the world of medicine. We work with various groups, ranging from young people with life threatening illnesses to older adults addressing chronic or acute conditions to create projects that allow them to be seen and heard. We exhibit their inner greatness, create connections and allow them to show “a love of the game” wherever that is found. We strive to integrate their voices in the world of medicine to communicate, educate and transform the experience for both patient and practitioner. We stress the importance of “person” regardless of the setting or diagnosis.
We have created projects at sites including the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Care Center, Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, the CARES Program at Roosevelt Hospital, and the Alzheimer's Association. We have partnered on projects with the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. Most recently, with grants from both the Fred J. Epstein Foundation and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, we are continuing our “Patient Voice” work, engaging people in sharing their experiences to educate those working in the world of medicine.