Jean Wooldridge, MPH

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 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 Executive Masters in Public Health Program at the University of Washington, linking private and public sectors for strategic 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 on cancer prevention. 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 is a founding Board member of the SNS Future in Review (FiRe) Conference. Her past advising work includes serving on the IEEE Medical Technology Policy Committee, as a faculty member for the Future Health Technology Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as an advisor for AACE's E-Learning conference. She attended the first TEDMED in Charleston in 1994 and most of the TED mainstages since then.

Reasons for hope and joy: FiRe/SNS, TED, TEDMED, Pop!Tech, FHTI, neurodiversity, data visualization for planetary decision-making, friends and family, chamber music, Obi Manteufel's grand piano artisanal craftsmanship, hiking in the Northwest and New Mexico, and sailing in the British Virgin Islands.   CV available upon request.