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Take It From the Iron Woman

Ep. 341 – Danny van Leeuwen – Podcaster Health Hats


Published Jan 16, 2023

The Health Design Podcast

Danny van Leeuwen, patient, carer, advocate and podcaster


Published July 18,2022

PodTalk Podcasting Community



Published 11/2021

Let's Clarify It

Thinking Caps. Lot’s of Them. with Danny “Health Hats” van Leeuwen

Let’s Clarify It

Within the healthcare system, with so very many diverse players communicating with one another – patients with doctors, doctors with administrators, primary care doctors with specialists, vendors with anyone – when any real communication takes place– it’s pretty amazing. And Danny “Health Hats” van Leeuwen would know – he wears many of the health ecosystem hats in parallel himself, as a registered nurse of 45 years, a leader of massive Electronic Health Records implementation projects, a care partner, a person with Multiple Sclerosis, a patient/caregiver activist, a Latin Band Baritone Saxophonist and a super cool grandfather. Danny knows that since best health is a journey – you’re never really there, you’re always somewhere along the way. That being the case, what’s important is how we make choices about our health and medical care and how we communicate medical information to all our partners at each step of the process. Join us for episode 22 of Let’s Clarify It, in which Danny shares: What an EKG has to do with the Indian parable of the blind men and the elephant; How his wonderful neurologist defined his job when they met; And what he learned from his grandson, the dinosaur aficionado, about “relative expertise”. Curious? Let’s Clarify It!

Published 08/19/2021

Quarantine Phone Calls

Michael Chaffin interviews Danny

Recorded 7/31/2020

Far Out: Adventures in Unconventional Living

Episode Summary

JR and Alasdair sit down with their first ever guest, Danny van Leeuwen, a dear friend, an author, a speaker and a patient/caregiver activist amongts many other things. Together, they explore the many thresholds that Danny, now in his 60s, has crossed during his very rich lifetime. From a back to the land hippie life to a Boston life, from health to chronic illness but also through the grief of losing a son, Danny shares his thoughts and life wisdom with us.

Interviewed 6/12/2019

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The Hope Initiative

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“I think spiritual is appreciating… I don’t say that I’m an old two-legged cisgender white male of privilege flippantly. I appreciate the gifts that I have received in my life.” Welcome to episode 20 with the effervescent, Danny van Leeuwen! I met Danny from Boston via The Podcast Fellowship, the course that I did to learn how to podcast at the end of 2018. Over these past 9 months, our friendship has developed and I am so grateful to have him on the show. In this episode, we speak about a host of things, including; – His life in the health and medical industries. – Why he has the nickname “Danny Health Hats” and the specific definition of why! This is also the name of his blog+podcast which we discuss. – How building a team of people to help support him and the habits around that help him cope living with MS since his 30’s! – What he does for fun! – The importance of health, but in his words, the most important of all – Spiritual Health! Thanks so much to Danny for this generous conversation.

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows defines the word Sonder as “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.” Join me, Rien MacDonald, as I explore this idea in The Hope Initiative, a podcast dedicated to everyday humans; their dreams, success, fears, and failures, with the view to provide hope for people in times of need.

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Published 6/20/19

Back to Basics: Reconnected to the Essence of You

Accepting what it is


Danny is an extraordinary human being committed to health equity and learning and sharing what works for best health. He serves people while he himself deals with multiple sclerosis. His podcast Health-hats is empowering people as they travel together towards better help. Inspiring beyond words!


Danny van Leeuwen describes himself as a two-legged, cisgender, old, white man of privilege living in a food oasis with multiple sclerosis committed to health equity and learning and sharing what works for best health. Serving people who help people by leveraging privilege and experience as a nurse, caregiver, data geek, and leader to open seats at the table of healthcare governance, design, operations, and research for under-represented and under-served communities. Speaker, blogger, podcaster, technical expert, user tester, capacity builder, musician, and Opa. A Rosetta Stone of healthcare.
In this episode he discusses many interest aspects of health care, mostly from patients perspective. He also shares many inspiring storys, including how he got to do “El Camino de Santiago” on a wheelchair.

Published 6/20/2019

Crafting Solutions to Conflicts

Jane Bedall interviews Danny


From life in an intentional community with his young family to his current passion as a patient-caregiver activist, Danny van Leeuwen, aka Health Hats, has had an appreciation for governance.


From life in an intentional community with his young family to his current passion as a patient-caregiver activist, Danny van Leeuwen, aka Health Hats, has had an appreciation for governance.
Good governance can greatly reduce the likelihood of damaging conflict, and allow solutions to conflict to be crafted when needed. Danny has understood the importance of rules for a community to follow and the need to have a fair process to create — and, when appropriate, to change — those rules from the time he was living in an intentional community with his young family. Danny and his wife acted as champions of the process, keeping the group focused on continuing and completing the enactment of by-laws. His adult sons now live some of the lessons they learned as children, holding regular family meetings with their own families. In his life and work in the health care arena today, Danny has an appreciation for the power of governance, or decision-making, especially with regard to who has a seat at the decision-making table.

Recorded 4/24/19

Mighty Casey/ Healthcare is Hilarious

Healthcare is Hilarious


Danny van Leeuwen: Wearing the Health Equity Hat

Published 4/18/2019

Glass Half Full

The Heat is On! How Weather Affects Our Health

Three interviews in this episode. Danny is #3.

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Leslie Krongold has a rare genetic condition called myotonic dystrophy (DM). The multi-systemic nature of DM and its gradual progression has changed her life. Yet she often experience this as a bittersweet turn of events. Had she not been diagnosed early enough she may have wasted more time; now I am very intentional, mindful, and appreciative of life’s many joys.

Recorded 7/11/2018

Radioactive Broadcasting - Network Urgent Care Radio

On January 7, 2017, Minda Wilson, a healthcare attorney interviewed me on the URGENT CARE radio show. Personal health goals, team building, navigators, peers with lived experience, take someone with you.

I recommend the show, URGENT CARE. Many good interviews of caregivers, patients, clinicians, and policy experts. Minda knows her stuff. URGENT CARE is one of many shows on Radioactive Broadcasting. Let me know what you think of the interview!

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