Welcome to the home of the Empowered Mocha Patient!
The EMP is devoted to improving the quality and safety of healthcare delivery for people of color, a.k.a. the mocha patient.
This site will empower you to successfully navigate the healthcare system and be an active participant in your own care. This is achieved by arming you with the appropriate resources to develop a strong interactive relationship your healthcare provider(s) and build your confidence to make informed decisions regarding your care.
The vision of The EMP is to present relevant healthcare topics that will broaden your understanding of chronic conditions, diseases that affect minorities at higher rates, and ways to close the gaps on disparities in care, treatment and outcomes. With this knowledge, you and/or your healthcare advocate will be prepared to expect and experience safe and effective healthcare treatment when the need arises.
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About the Founder and Editor
Meredith Hurston, a native of Flint, Michigan, is a graduate of The University of Michigan-Flint and The University of Phoenix. She is the President and CEO of M Square Healthcare Consulting Agency. She has an academic concentration in clinical laboratory science and healthcare administration, along with personal experience navigating the healthcare system for over 20 years as an advocate for her Mom. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge with others. Influenced by her Mom’s passion for the well-being and education of others, Meredith founded The Empowered Mocha Patient website as an online healthcare resource for people of color in 2011.
Meredith has nearly 18 years of work experience in healthcare, starting with humble beginnings as a phlebotomist (blood collector). After completing her bachelors, she climbed the ladder to become a board certified medical technologist/clinical laboratory scientist, certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. While in graduate school, her career interests broadened and she transitioned into hospital quality management. In that position she developed a great rapport with many physicians, learned quality systems and auditing processes, and gleaned an appreciation of the various accreditation processes, regulatory requirements and reimbursement matrixes.
At the start of 2010, God blessed Meredith with the opportunity to combine both of her career interests into one role. She relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to accept a position as a Quality Assurance Technologist/Patient Safety Data Coordinator for the department of pathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She doesn’t take her journey to success for granted and realizes her blessings come from God. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., enjoys traveling, and is always ready for a good laugh.