NPAF Releases Phase 2 of Virtual Advocacy Curriculum

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National Patient Advocate Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to amplifying the patient voice in support of better access to affordable care, released phase 2 of its ground-breaking virtual advocacy curriculum today.

Patients need education and resources in order to adeptly navigate our complex health care system. However, resources have previously been scattered across several organizations, or focused on in-person events that were often difficult to reach for many different populations. The virtual format makes the curriculum accessible; the content itself is developed with more advanced advocates in mind who want to hone their existing skillset.

“If you’re looking for resources and education on effective, person-centered advocacy then this course is for you,” said Jamie Trotter, MPA, manager of patient advocacy and engagement.

In Phase 1, learners progressed through the first three foundational modules of this curriculum:

  • Introduction to Patient Advocacy
  • Ethics and Principles of Health and Patient Advocacy
  • Core Patient Advocacy Skills.

The next set of modules builds on these foundational principles and courses and includes:

  • Media for Advocacy
  • Story Telling II
  • Health Equity and Utilizing the National Financial Resource Directory

The curriculum will continue to be released in phases and will address topics such as preventing and addressing financial toxicity; skilled communication with providers as well as media; equity, and understanding your rights.

The training is designed to help people be active participants in their health decision-making, along with giving them the tools to advocate on behalf of others. Those who are new to the curriculum may register  here.

 

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