Week recognizes patient advocates

March 9, 2012 | UToday
By Meghan Cunningham



A week in March is set aside each year to recognize the patient advocates who serve as liaisons between patients and health-care providers.

The 2012 Private Professional Patient Advocates Week will be March 11-17 and is a time to acknowledge those who work on behalf of patients to help them navigate the health-care system.

Patient advocates, also known as patient navigators, patient representatives, patient liaisons and case managers, are an important part of the health-care system to help patients with access to the treatments and therapies they need. They accompany patients to medical appointments, assist with billing and insurance issues, manage medications, connect patients with community services and more

The University of Toledo trains people to serve as these liaisons through the Patient Advocacy Program, which offers four online courses that can be completed in two semesters for a graduate certificate.

For more information about Private Professional Patient Advocates Week, visit pppadvocatesweek.com.

Click here or contact Debra O’Connell at Debra.Oconnell@utoledo.edu or 419.530.5421 for more information about the UT Patient Advocacy Program.