Patient and Healthcare Advocates to Gather in Washington, D.C. November 4-6, 2010


Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — The National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC) is pleased to announce its second annual Conference "Vision and Voice – Creating Healthcare Advocacy Skills for the 21st Century" to be held November 4-6 in Washington, D.C.

Patient advocates and patient navigators from across the country will participate in educational workshops and panel discussions, including an optional session designed for those interested in starting a patient advocacy business. The Conference is also open to non-members.

Conference Topics and Presenters:

Healthcare Advocacy – Prospects for a New Profession and Emerging Industry Tim Godzich, CEO and Co-Founder of Liazon Corporation

Healthcare Advocacy: Case Studies and Best Practices Joanna Smith, CEO of Healthcare Liaison Ken Schueler, President of HKS Patient Advocates Elisabeth Russell, Founder and President of Patient Navigator

Building Your Healthcare Advocacy Business Trisha Torrey, Author and Founder of Advoconnection

Patient-Centered Initiatives in Healthcare Reform Robert Kocher, M.D., Former National Economic Council Special Advisor to the President for Health Care

Mastering the Health Insurance Maze Cheryl Fish-Parcham, Deputy Director of Health Policy, FamiliesUSA

Senior Citizens – Advocacy Toolkit for a Growing Demographic Patricia Grace, Chief Executive Officer, Aging with Grace LLC Rita Files, Chief Operating Officer, Aging with Grace LLC Richard Mayberry, Attorney and Medical Advocate, McLean, Virginia

Integrative Care Options: Complementary Medicine Toolkit for Healthcare Advocates Ann Fonfa, Founder, The Annie Appleseed Project

HIPAA Privacy Law Requirements for Healthcare Advocates Robert Gellman, Privacy Attorney in Washington, D.C.

Medicare, Medigap and Veterans Benefits – Eligibility, Coverage and Exclusions Joe Baker, President of the Medicare Rights Center Rita Files, Chief Operating Officer, Aging with Grace LLC

Clinical Trials – How to Help Your Clients Make Good Decisions about Participating in Research Laura Weil, Director, Health Advocacy Program, Sarah Lawrence College

What's In Your Toolkit? – Checklist of Resources for Healthcare Advocates Dianne Savastano, President, Healthassist Beth Droppert, CEO, Allied Health Advocates Adelaide Nye, NAHAC Business and Professional Resource Committee Chairperson

End of Life Planning and Decision-Making: An Advocate's Role Dr. Christina Puchalski, The George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Health Mr. Paul Tschudi, EdS, MA, LPC, The George Washington University School of Public Health.

Advocacy by the Numbers – Why We Know It Works Dr. Amy Schiffman

The National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants is dedicated to improving the consumer healthcare experience through professional and community education, advocacy, and development of consumer-focused policies in healthcare systems.

To learn more about The National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants or the November 4-6 Conference, please visit NAHAC or contact Elisabeth Russell, NAHAC Vice President at 703-281-4744, or through Patient Navigator LLC.


Elisabeth Russell
National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants

Joanna Smith
National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants