September 17, 2020 | GenNext: How Generation Z is Remaking Healthcare

The largest and most diverse generation in American history, Gen Z, is aging into the adult healthcare market with distinct preferences and healthcare needs–including higher rates of depression and anxiety–that will transform current care models. Clinics that understand this unique cohort will gain a competitive edge in both patient and workforce recruitment and retention.


Megan Feely is a youth advocate and the Director of Health Education for HealthGenYZ. Megan is a first-generation college graduate from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and General Science. As a pre-medical student, she is applying to OHSU Medical School this cycle. For the last five years she has been involved with the Oregon School Based Health Alliance as a student health advocate and coach. Her role included health curriculum and training building, as well as health policy advocacy. Megan is currently working on starting a podcast titled “Public Health with Meg.” Her interests include public health, youth patient rights, and preventative care. Following medical school, she hopes to become a public health authority who will create meaningful health policy changes with the patient experience in mind.

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Tony Vezina identifies as a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and drugs and has been sober since July 20, 2012. He is the co-founder and current executive director of The 4th Dimension Recovery Center (4D). This innovative non-profit youth recovery center serves over 500 young people each month with comprehensive recovery support services, including peer-mentoring, sober social events, recovery advocacy projects, mutual aid support meetings, and much more. Tony is the founder of the Portland Community College (PCC) Recovery 101 Club. While at PCC, Tony had the distinct honor of serving as the Phi-Theta Kappa Honors Society president, gaining regional and national recognition for his service projects. Tony is a visible and respected leader in the youth recovery field in Oregon, and is often invited to present about effective youth recovery support practices at high schools, community colleges, and trade associations.

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Dani Bowie, DNP, RN, NE-BC, is the System Vice President of Nursing Workforce Development for Bon Secours Mercy Health. Over the past thirteen years, Dani has served in a variety of professional and clinical roles ranging from nurse manager, business owner, to the system vice president role she holds now. As the system vice president, Dani is responsible for developing and executing the strategic nursing workforce plan focused on recruitment, retention, professional growth, and the re-design of staffing and scheduling models for 15,000 nurses spanning seven states. Prior to joining BSMH, Dani successfully led an enterprise staffing and scheduling technology project that converted 126 nursing units, 5000 end-users, to new staffing and scheduling technology. She obtained her BSN from the University of Portland as a Providence Scholar and her MSN from Vanderbilt University, with an emphasis in health system management. While completing her DNP degree from Yale University, Dani developed a nurse staffing and scheduling predictive model for health systems and has a patent pending for a forecasting model of inpatient nurse scheduling. She has shared her nursing workforce expertise in several different publications and presentations across the healthcare industry, including American Nurse Today, Nursing Economics, AONE, and Becker’s.

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Brett Myers is the Director of Marketing at ZOOM+Care and has brought strategic insights, creative thinking, and proactive problem solving to a variety of industries and verticals over the past 12 years. At ZOOM+Care, Brett has built a marketing department, developed event marketing and sponsorship programs to engage with our communities, and launched social media and marketing automation platforms to improve patient satisfaction and retention. Now, as ZOOM+Care is undergoing rapid growth and innovation initiatives, Brett is building a scalable internal communication system and is developing strategic messaging roadmaps to boost brand awareness & perception in new markets, while driving increased visibility and record patient volume across the Pacific NW.

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Paige Phillips, MPH, is a healthcare professional and recent graduate of Oregon State University. She earned her MPH on a Pac 12 postgraduate scholarship where she was a D1 varsity student athlete and team captain and graduated a term early. Her focus is health administration, with experience in health communications, accreditation, security training and data analysis. She has served as a volunteer mentor at the Boys & Girls Club and was a designer for the Aids Awareness Fashion Show. She is passionate about self-educating and you can often find her reading books on emotional intelligence, being 20-something, how to build a career and social issues. Most recently she has received certification as a COVID-19 Contact Tracer with Johns Hopkins University.  Paige is currently looking for employment options in Oregon as she has had to recently leave return to Chicago until she finds a suitable opportunity.

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Erin Krug serves as Quinn Thomas’ vice president in Oregon, managing ­­every aspect of the agency’s presence – from team management and growth, to marketing, and client work. She also serves as the Agency’s healthcare practice lead, driving the agency’s client portfolio and expertise in the health care industry across the West United States. Erin came to Quinn Thomas after many years in Washington, D.C. and London, where she was a communications professional for a key federal agency, global communications firm and a Fortune 100 company. Relocating to the Pacific Northwest, she was director of marketing and brand communications at Kaiser Permanente and vice president at Finn Partners, building and running integrated communications campaigns. Erin is a 2019 graduate of the Portland Business Alliance Leadership Program and has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Towson University in Maryland.

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