About Emerald

Emerald Bixby shot by Mattie Jensen

I have many projects, but the overarching theme is this: I help information be conveyed, and transformed where necessary, so that it reaches people. I love using this talent to help people identify and achieve whatever they're passionate about, and my very favorite way to help and enable people is through healthcare education.

I grew up with a severely autistic older brother, a medically savvy family, and lots of exposure to healthcare and social advocacy. Then, I was fortunate to work in body art, a small animal hospital, and as a medical massage therapist (you can view my Clinical Experience resume on Google Drive). As a result, I've gained a great deal of practice with clinical client education, and observed how best to ensure client compliance with care regimens. The best skill I've developed through all of this is the ability to help find the right information to answer people's questions, and contextualize the information in ways that are tailored to the individual.

My long-term career is built on enabling people to have free access to all the healthcare information I can possibly provide for them, so that they can independently be as healthy and pain-free as possible. I also intend to one day make healthcare services accessible and affordable for everyone, but both that goal and my more immediate plans start first with abundant, free client education. I have consistently observed that the education of the patient — and their resultant sense of agency — is the crux of running a practice that is both medically effective and cost-effective. I believe this principle is the key to improving public health and reducing healthcare costs for everyone, thus improving accessibility to resources and enhancing a positive public health cycle.

Lately, I’ve made my living in various small creative gigs, ever since a small nerve issue in one hand forced me out of my massage therapy career-stage in early 2018. My newest focus, outside from continuing to develop my healthcare entrepreneurship plans above, is preparing for my return to college to study healthcare administration. I also am returning soon to writing articles, and I have a couple of books underway.

Advocacy for the disadvantaged and deplatformed has been on my agenda for as long as I can remember, since well before I experienced homelessness myself and became immersed in the community. Even through the worst of my trials, I’ve had it easy compared to most people in the homeless population. As such, one of my main commitments right now is founding my nonprofit, Solving Homelessness In Colorado, as well as our for-profit subsidiaries (more info coming soon). We hope to disrupt how homelessness is addressed locally, and in doing so, help to develop and prove models that can be applied to the same challenges elsewhere. Another cause I’m involved with is Kyle’s Krew, a community group supporting suicide awareness and prevention. I am honored to help Joana’s team by maintaining the Krew’s webpage, helping with social media management support, and by contributing my amateur graphic design skills as needed.

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