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BIOGRAPHY - Corinna West was born in Northern California and has also lived in Massachusetts, Colorado Springs, and Kansas City. She is a Certified Peer Specialist and is actively working to transform the mental health system into a recovery focused community of hope. She has an MS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She was on the 1996 Olympic Judo Team and is a 3 time National Champion and silver medalist at the Pan American Games. She is an avid transportational bicyclist and has more miles in the last two years on her bicycle than her car. Corinna is a motivational speaker, a spoken work poet, and a catalyst for change. Her digital poem collages are large scale art combining poetry, collage, and digital photography to make poems that can be put on the wall or poems told in pictures. Human Hand Wordworks is becoming a Kansas state LLS sharing transformative life experiences to help people make exciting and informed choices to connect and impact the world around them.

The Olympic story – “…I believed in the work ethic. I believed anything was possible with enough persistence. Anything that got in the way, I just overcame the resistance. I chose mere subsistence, and I went the distance…..” From “Because I Can”

Current research interests

  • Increasing the use of peer support
  • Deciding whether psychiatric meds improve long term outcomes for mental illness in the aggregate
  • Impacts of tardive dyskinesia (a movement disorder like Parkinson’s disease from antipsychotic damage),
  • Scientific basis for keeping the world at 350 ppm carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
  • Social connection
  • Mental illness prevention through community building and using one’s strength
  • Geoengineering (ameliorating climate change through man made efforts),
  • Increasing acceptance of urbanization, genetic engineering, and nuclear power
  • Finding entrepreneurial solutions to social and environmental market failures

Reading list – Books I’ve found to be very informational, inspiring, and intriguing lately. Some of these include

  • Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn about increasing women’s rights to reduce poverty and terrorism
  • Mad in America by Robert Whitaker about the history of mental health treatments and possible negative impacts of psychiatric medications
  • An Ecopragmatist’s Manifesto by Stewart Brand about unscientific approaches in the environmental movement
  • How to Change the World by David Bornstein about the Ashoka Foundation and the impact of social entrepreneurs
  • The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights by Irene Khan of Amnesty International

Goals – I want to be a respectful, revealing, responsible, revved-up revolutionary. I want to make this world a better place by sharing my transformative life experiences and my individual elements of humanity.