What is a Patient Advocate?
Patient advocacy is an area of specialization in health care concerned with advocacy for patients, survivors, and caregivers. The patient advocate may be an individual or an organization, often, though not always, concerned with one specific group of disorders. The terms patient advocate and patient advocacy can refer both to individual advocates providing services that organizations also provide, and to organizations whose functions extend to individual patients. Some patient advocates work for the institutions that are directly responsible for the patient’s care.
Typical advocacy activities are the following: patient rights, matters of privacy, confidentiality or informed consent, patient representation, awareness building, support and education of patients, survivors and their carers. Patient advocates give a voice to patients, survivors and their carers on healthcare-related (public) fora, informing the public, the political and regulatory world, health-care providers (hospitals, insurers, pharmaceutical companies etc.), organizations of health-care professionals, the educational world, and the medical and pharmaceutical research communities.
What I Do….
We are working with partners such as the Ministry of Health and Pain BC, to better coordinate initiatives to address chronic pain across the province.
A Special Events & Fundraising role is a great opportunity to help the Arthritis Society raise vital funds to support our research, advocacy and solutions initiatives. These volunteers contribute in crucial ways by helping with the organization and leadership of local and national events and other fundraising initiatives and are often at the very frontline of our work with people affected by arthritis
Advocacy volunteers are the voice for those living with arthritis across the country and help us to create awareness at a local and national level. Volunteers do this by promoting new initiatives from the Arthritis Society in their communities and letting us know what needs to be addressed.
A leadership volunteer role is an opportunity to support the Arthritis Society at a more strategic level, and often involves taking on some responsibility for a defined area of activity or leading a group of your fellow volunteers. Our leadership volunteers operate in all areas of our work, and contribute their professional skills, experience, knowledge, and networks to help us achieve more as an organization