Hi, I’m Jennifer Banmiller and I founded Hive80 for one very important reason – to help you understand and take control of all the critical facets of your health, and the health of those you love, in a medical system that has unfortunately run amok.
Hive80 is a place where you can become quickly informed about a health condition or concern you may have, share questions, answers and ideas with others in the Hive80 community who also share those unique concerns. It is a safe place to explore the worries many of us often have – (with your privacy fully protected) — but it is also a place to celebrate your health insights and victories with others who are in the same boat as you, and to share valuable support and feedback together. It is a place where you will be able to access incredibly valuable resources – research, hospitals, doctors, and much more – in order to make your personal health journey as positive and successful as it can be.
I started my career as a pro-consumer advocate in the product and drug recall business. Being front seat to watching hundreds of thousands of consumers that could never get help from the existing legal system even if a drug or product was clearly the culprit, it became clear that we as consumers had little voice to make change happen.
If you called a lawyer and their legal case wasn’t a slam dunk, no one would help. If you went to the doctor at many of the ever-conglomerating medical groups across our country, you would often be seen for 3 to 10 minutes for the sake of hospital efficiency, without the ability to share your unique set of concerns, and sometimes even prescribed the wrong medication because it was faster or easier. If you went online, you found some ways to look up ailments and conditions, but no place that was interactive and with peer-to-peer support.
(Women’s health seemed especially under attack – often the search for help was routinely dismissed as “in their heads” – causing more worry and even depression. This of course affects not just the patient but their families and loved ones as well.)
I saw first hand — thousands upon thousands of people who called looking for help that was never going to come. Since help was not on the way and the situation had become even more of an epidemic than we had ever seen, we knew we had to do more.
That’s when the idea for Hive80 was born.
I knew that if we could all help each other talk about health topics and really work together to solve them – connecting the dots from symptom-to-symptom, doctor-to-doctor, and city-to-city, that maybe the next mesh, Juul, or opioid addiction would not happen.
We are all far more alike than different and we all have the same issues we are working through- – chronic pain, weight, aging, etc., not to mention more advanced personal or family issues like dementia/alzheimers’, diabetes, depression, and more. There are truly some amazing doctors, hospitals and facilities out there and all of us are concerned with maintaining our physical and mental health, but access is the key. Most people don’t have access to the critical information that is necessary – it is fragmented and hard to find. We also knew from the research that over 80% of people who desperately want to find key personal health information online are frustrated and disappointed with the results.
Collectively, the more we share the better chance we have of making a difference in a system we all depend on. Our goal is to help consumers not feel forsaken, but hopeful. It is important that health and wellness are inclusive; it can’t be for some and not others, we just won’t have a healthy society.
Hive80 is here to help you celebrate and explore both your health thorns and roses, and to talk about them openly with your privacy protected. Every day we will be adding podcasts by experts, additional articles and experiences by people just like you, access to top-tier health expertise, free useful forms to download, etc.
Our goal is to really help make a positive impact for every person who wants to live a better, calmer, healthier life. And there is no charge for you to join. We feel consumers have paid enough.
We value your trust and membership and we always want your feedback so we can make this community, our community, the best it can be for all of us.
People. Community. Longevity. Hope. I hope you will truly benefit from Hive 80 because that’s what it is all about.
Thank you for being a part of this Hive80 Journey with me.