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Jean Wooldridge
Principal, St. Cloud Communications

Jean A. Wooldridge, MPH, founded St. Cloud Communications, a small consultancy near Seattle, to focus on emerging technologies for consumer and global public health and to foster strategies and connections between private and public sectors. She is passionate about accelerating the adoption of "quantified self" technology to support dignified consumer choice in end-of-life issues for the world's aging populations.

Selected talks include "Radical Digital Literacy" (NIH communication directors) and "Digital Literacy: The Citizen and the Patient" (Pan American World Health Organization and International E-Learning Summit).

Jean's non-research publications include invited chapters on bellwether industries and symbiotic stewardships for technology and healthcare for the Amsterdam IOS Press series, edited by R. Bushko, on "Future Health Technology." Jean was nominated for the Distinguished Alumni for Masters in Public Health Program (EDP) at the University of Washington, linking private and public sectors and strategic visioning of online collaborations for complex health problems.

Jean was a member of the U.S. DHHS "Healthy People 2010" health communication and IT workgroup. She held research affiliate status at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and was a co-principal investigator in NIH behavioral research. She was "loaned" to the U.S. National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, as a strategic advisor for a $57M initiative in communication technologies. Previously, she directed the regional Pacific Cancer Information Service, part of a federal network of call centers, outreach, and communications research. Her team won over $21M in contracts and developed the network's first relational database. She is proud that this group later won the sole source, multi-year contract ($55M) for the entire U.S.

Jean serves on the board of the SNS Future in Review (FiRe) conference and the IEEE Medical Technology Policy Committee. She was formerly on the faculty for the Future Health Technology Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was an advisor for AACE's E-Learning conference. She has attended TED since 1994.

Reasons for hope and joy: FiRe/SNS, TED/MED, Pop!Tech, neurodiversity, data visualization for planetary decision-making, friends and family, chamber music, hiking (Northwest, New Mexico), and sailing (BVI).