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Reverend Regina  Holliday

Reverend Regina Holliday

Patient Rights Activist, Artist, Author, Speaker & Founder of the Walking Gallery

Reverend Regina Holliday

Patient Rights Activist, Artist, Author, Speaker & Founder of the Walking Gallery


“Regina was fantastic. Her story was powerful and she told it beautifully. I have not stopped thinking about her and it really left me with the importance of making the decision every day to make sure I help my patients understand their diagnosis and treatment plans before they leave the office.” - Great Lakes Health Connect

"Regina was absolutely fabulous!! We loved having her here and I’m still getting such positive comments and emails. Her presentation was so perfect. She did such a nice job with the painting. She will be hard to top next year, for sure. My CEO was very thrilled with the entire conference, but it was Regina who set the stage." - Augusta University Medical Center, Center for Patients and Families

Research shows that families and patients define their healthcare quality, safety and overall experience as emotional, while healthcare providers define the experience as biological health – Rev. Regina Holliday wants to close that gap to co-design outcomes and experiences and create humanism in healthcare. Rev. Holliday is a patient advocate and artist known for painting a series of murals depicting the need for clarity and transparency in medical records and to reform health care standards. This advocacy mission was inspired by her husband Frederick Allen Holliday II and his struggle to get appropriate health care. Afflicted with kidney cancer, Fred suffered poor care coordination, a lack of access to data and a series of medical errors, during his 11 weeks of continuous hospitalization in five facilities. As a result, he lost his battle and his life.

Fred’s death inspired Rev. Holliday to create the change needed to drive better patient outcomes and communication for patient and families. An artist, Rev. Holliday began to use painting as a catalyst for change. With her passion for advocating for patients to receive timely access to their health care data, more clarity and transparency in medical records and better relationships with healthcare providers, her artwork became part of the national healthcare debate. Reported on in the mainstream press, as well as reviewed by such journals as BMJ and APA, Rev. Holliday has earned a platform to push for legislation that would provide better care for patients. Continuing her advocacy through art, she also started The Walking Gallery movement, where close to 500 volunteer members don business suits or blazers painted by the Walking Gallery with either their story, their loved one’s story, or their mission within healthcare. The jackets, which are painted by Rev. Holliday or one of the 45 other artist members in The Walking Gallery, help to change public health policy. The members of Walking Gallery attend medical conferences and events with a powerful visual story painted on their backs. The paintings help to convey the fact that the people wearing them are living, breathing examples of patients impacted by health care decisions, as opposed to just a statistical number. Rev. Holliday’s jacket paintings depicting the patient story have been covered in The Wall Street Journal, Marketplace and USA Today. She also began live painting the content of medical conferences and events in 2010. To date she has painted over 320 canvases depicting the stories of providers working in HIT, pharma, medical organizations, and hospitals.

In addition, Rev. Holliday is the author of The Walking Wall: 73 Cents to the Walking Gallery. The book, published in Australia, is devoted to the stories that comprise her Walking Gallery. After watching her husband suffer poor health care coordination, she was determined to improve better healthcare for all.  This was followed up with her memoir The Writing on the Wall in 2015.

Rev. Holiday has been honored at the Health 2.0’s Patient Activist Award. She has served as a judge for Women in Health IT Awards at HIMSS. Backed by her own patient and caregiving experiences, Rev. Holliday travels the globe sharing global health policy perspectives, heralding her message of person-centered care and inclusion in healthcare decision making. She fearlessly stands before officials and practitioners sharing thoughtful dialog on the role patients and family play in patient outcomes. Holliday doesn’t share just words that guide people around person centered care, she shares visual images and can also paint on site at your venue, gifting you and your organization a painting and interpretation of your event and overall mission. Holiday holds a certificate in theological studies from United Lutheran Seminary and currently serves as Pastor of Horner Lutheran Church near Stoystown, Pennsylvania.

Speaker Videos

The Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation

The Walking Gallery of Healthcare - Part 1

The Walking Galley of Healthcare - Part 2

The Walking Gallery - Medical Murals

WCDB Conference

We Can Do Better

Little Miss A Type

Speech Topics

Perspective in Patient & Family Care

Using powerful visual imagery and masterful storytelling, Regina takes the attendees into the story of a life to help your audience identify viewpoints in care encounters and outlooks that may differ from the perspective of the patient and family. Through her personal patient experience as a caregiver and macro from a global perspective, Regina shows how patient and family partnerships create better person-centered care when we realize the importance of family presence. She explains the importance of considering the patient and family perspective in the care encounter, the effect of visual imagery on health literacy. Regina shows the power of using patient narratives for supporting a better understanding of care transitions and will bring them through that journey renewed and inspired to make a better health care system for all.

Trauma Informed Care

Regina Holliday began painting about the ramifications of ACES: Adverse Childhood Experience Study in 2012. This study was a joint research project between Kaiser Permanente and the CDC conducted between 1995-1997. The baseline participants are still being tracked today and this study undergirds the science behind Trauma Informed Care. Ms. Holliday is now very involved in coalition building between medical staff, law enforcement officers, therapists, governmental agency staff, clergy, and educators in utilizing a greater understanding of Trauma Informed Care.

Using paint as a catalyst to explain trauma, Ms. Holliday creates murals. She paints on canvases at conferences and events reflecting the stories of the people around her. She also paints on business suit jackets that tell the patient story all the while focusing one the effect that underlying trauma has upon the lived experience. Her husband died from kidney cancer in 2009 after being hospitalized in five care settings in 11 weeks; she began to realize at the time that this experience was triggering prior childhood trauma. She uses her art and her story and the stories of others to expand the understanding of Trauma Informed Care locally and throughout the world.

Patient Advocacy Through Art

In this presentation, speaker Regina Holliday shares her experience painting murals and artwork that depict the struggles and problems of current patient healthcare policies. She also discusses her advocacy movement “The Walking Gallery,” for which medical providers and advocates wear “patient story” paintings on the backs of business suits.

Use of Social Media in Patient Rights & Health Policy

Ever wondered how social media could affect your mission in medicine and patient-centered care? Artist and activist Regina Holliday will explore the power of social media in delivering a message in healthcare and public policy. Holliday will explain the natural next step of crowd-funding your health mission and will elaborate on art advocacy, art actions, and flash-mobbing to spread awareness.

Care for the Caregiver

After an accidental adverse event, a healthcare organization's first priority is the patient and his or her family. But caregivers involved in these incidents also experience psychological trauma and need the support of their peers. In this presentation, speaker Regina Holliday discusses the delicate issue of caring for caregivers after unintentional errors have harmed patients.


Books & Media


The Writing on the Wall