|Patient Advocacy Project Enters Second Year|
|August 02, 2004|
The Department of Health Behavior and Health Education recently learned that it has been awarded a grant by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) to hold a second Patient Advocacy Summit. The national conference, which will take place in Spring 2005, will bring together a diverse group of leaders in public health, medicine, law, social work, and other professions for the purpose of developing a textbook, and disseminating ideas and information, about patient advocacy. Among other issues, the conference and resulting textbook will explore patient-centered care, e-health, patient safety, grassroots patient advocacy, and health communication.
The conference will be a follow up to the successful summit held in Chapel Hill in November 2003. At that time 50 leaders from across the country discussed essential components of advocacy: building relationships between patients and providers, increasing patient education and participation, and improving access to health care. You can find highlights of the 2003 summit at http://www.sph.unc.edu/hbhe/PatientAdvocacyReport.pdf.
For more information about our Spring 2005 patient advocacy conference, please contact Melissa Gilkey at firstname.lastname@example.org.For further information please contact Elizabeth French either by phone at 919-966-9208 or by email at email@example.com