Patient Advocate & Survivor
Kate Milliken is an award- winning reporter and producer who creates content, community, and conversation in the space of chronic illness. She is the Founder of Moodify, an online platform that allows patients and/or caregivers to lay out their personal narratives based on how they feel. The Moodify technology helps create content moments that are reflective and compelling as well as generates a library of unstructured data that can show patterns of what matters (versus what is the matter). The venture began when Kate was diagnosed with MS in 2006. Kate saw a need for moment- based authentic content of what it was like to live with an illness, where every entry was tagged with an emotion to make it immediately helpful and easily searchable for people in need of finding others to relate to.
In 2020, Kate co-produced a film about a range of people living with MS (ranging from Montel Williams to some of her Moodify/MS users). Beneath the Surface <http://beneaththesurfacefilm.com/> launched in June 2020 and has been hugely impactful in the MS community due to its honest and empowered portrayal of people living with MS. In September 2020, the film won best short documentary at the San Francisco Film Festival and several physicians internationally have chosen to screen it for their MS residents as a step to understanding patient experience and perspective.
Kate is also a content contributor and producer for HIMSS <https://www.himss.org/>, a governing body of all healthcare IT and moderates virtual symposiums issues in healthcare today.
Pre- MS, Kate founded Milligrace Productions, a video production company specializing in mini documentaries for private, corporate, and non-profit clients. She has worked in television for more than 15 years, off camera as a producer for the View and VH-1 and as a correspondent in alternative sports (such as snowboarding, mountain biking and monster trucks) where she worked for Fox Sports NET, TNT, TNN the Outdoor Life Network and Oxygen.
Kate lives in Bronxville, New York with her husband and two children, a 12-year-old son who stops lacross2 balls in goal and a 10-year-old daughter who wages a daily battle against a hairbrush.