Our Mission
Talia’s Voice: Projects for Patient Safety seeks to change the culture in medical settings, improve care, and save lives by getting healthcare providers to listen to each patient, stand up for them, and take appropriate action on their behalf.

What We Do

Education

Education

Education is our most important tool and we concentrate on:

  • Listening as a value
  • The impact of ineffective communication on patient outcomes
  • What effective communication between members of a healthcare team looks like
  • How to communicate effectively with patients
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Research

Research

Talia’s Voice supports research in the following areas:

  • Evidence-based research into effective communication strategies in medical settings
  • Evidence-based research on how best to teach effective listening and communication skills in medical settings
  • Curriculum development
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Speaking Out

Speaking Out

Our focus is on:

  • Telling Talia’s story
  • Networking to bring together and draw on the work of those in the field of patient safety
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Talia’s Story

Delightful, bubbly, creative, and athletic, Talia Goldenberg died at age 23 because her doctors, nurses, and support staff, all failed to listen when Talia, her physician father, and her mother repeatedly told them that Talia couldn’t breathe.  For 20 hours, each member of Talia’s healthcare team dismissed or ignored Talia’s symptoms and pleas for help. Had any one of them listened and acted on her behalf, Talia would be alive today.

 

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Speaking Engagements and Presentations

Giving Talia a Voice

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Talia’s parents, Dr. Jeff Goldenberg and Naomi Kirtner, have a powerful story to share. As founders of Talia’s Voice: Projects for Patient Safety, they are agents for change, telling Talia’s story in hospitals, medical and nursing schools, health management programs—anywhere that healthcare workers and patients intersect. They tailor their talks to the group to whom they are speaking and are comfortable with large and small audiences. If you work at, or are an administrator in, a hospital or medical educational setting, please contact us. The impact of Talia’s story will be lasting.

 

“There is a buzz in the house from your visit.” — Jon Friedenberg, COO, Marin General Hospital

 

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News & Updates

What We're Doing and Thinking

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Jan 30, 2020

During Talia’s competitive soccer days, one nemesis was a team named the Strikers. But today we lined Talia up with, instead of against, the Strikers. Nurses from Swedish Hospital—where Talia died—are on strike to get Safe Staffing, to put Patients Before Profits, and...

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Year End Update and Donation Match Opportunity

Year End Update and Donation Match Opportunity

Dec 12, 2019

Happy December from Talia’s Voice! We’ve been busy! We continue to work in three areas or “lanes”: Speaking Out, Education, Research. And of course, they all intersect. To further support us in this work, someone has generously offered to match donations until the end...

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Talia's Voice Has a New Logo!!

Talia’s Voice Has a New Logo!!

Nov 12, 2019

  Some of you may have noticed the new logo that came out with our fall newsletter. We are pretty excited about it—handing out a business card just feels different with a logo that includes our girl on it! It was a team effort all the way around. Talia’s sister,...

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