Advance person-centered care. Support important changes in policy and legislation. By becoming a NPAF volunteer, you can help change the world.
Our volunteer network is made up of thousands of dedicated, passionate people committed to making high quality health care more accessible and affordable to patients living with serious illnesses.
Whether you’re a current or former patient, a caregiver or a health care professional, our only prerequisite is that you care about the quality of health care in our country. You can customize your volunteer experience to match your interests, skills and schedule. We have volunteers that have a few minutes a week and others who give many hours a month.
We offer ongoing training for advocates and regular updates on key issues. We need your experience, your voice and your commitment. Interested? Sign up below and we will contact you to talk about volunteering with NPAF.
How do you want to volunteer?
Our patient advocate program cultivates highly trained volunteers through an in-depth, comprehensive skills development curriculum and hands on workshops that prepare them to serve as health care change agents at the individual, community and system levels. These advocates help advance the culture of advocacy and represent the voices of patients and caregivers as advisors in working with hospitals, clinical practices, and local, state and national health care agencies and initiatives, task forces and panels. Topics featured in the patient advocate development series include:
* Health and Patient Advocacy Overview
* Advocacy Principles, Responsibilities and Ethics
* Using Patients’ Experiences to Inform Advocacy
* Building Momentum – NPAF Perspectives on Policy and Advocacy
* Palliative Care in Prime Time – Building Better Bridges to Quality of Life
Our grassroots network of volunteers help to bring the perspectives and experiences of patients and caregivers to the forefront of health system delivery reform. These volunteers are equipped to pursue community outreach and education on critical health care concerns, cultivate relationships with key policymakers and other influential stakeholders, and motivate them to act through effective public policy advocacy that ultimately improves patient and family quality of life and care quality. NPAF provides the training, resources and take-action opportunities grassroots volunteers need to:
* Contact and meet with community partners, federal and state legislators and other policy makers to highlight priority health care issues affecting patients and caregivers coping with serious and chronic illness and press them for collective action;
* Share their personal stories through media outreach, testimony, and/or serving on advisory councils or taskforces to help implement meaningful health reform; and
* Educate stakeholders in their communities about critical health care issues, recruit them to join our growing grassroots network and mobilize coordinated action.
Everyone who volunteers with NPAF has the opportunity to participate in training activities designed to make you a more effective advocate and educate you about important health care issues related to the NPAF mission. These include:
- Personalized orientation and training for new volunteers
- The Patient Action League: Patient Action League Summits take place in different locations across the country. The Summits provide training on communications skills, legislative initiatives, advocacy and lobbying for NPAF volunteers. They are by invitation only.
- Webinar Education Series: NPAF offers webinars on a regular basis on important topics related to advocacy and current health care issues. NPAF team members and experts in the field provide expertise and insight. You can participate in these webinars or access them online. We currently have these webinars available:
- Building Momentum: NPAF Perspectives on Policy and Advocacy
- Overview of Health and Patient Advocacy
- Advocacy Principles, Responsibilities and Ethics
- Palliative Care in Primetime–Building Better Bridges to Quality of Life
Voices from the 2017 Patient Congress
Our volunteers talk about why their work with NPAF and how it has changed their lives GerryAnn Currier
Wyvonia Woods Harris