Recently myself and my friend and colleague Cathy Bowers, President of National Patient Advocate Inc, were honored to be a guest on Dateline Health to get the word out to the community on how you can be your own best advocate. Dateline Health is Nova Southeastern University’s public service television show hosted by Fred Lippman, R.Ph., Ed.D, Chancellor Emeritus of NSU Health Professions Division. The show has been on the air for over 23 years and has a broad following in South Florida and beyond.
Dateline Health is a 30-minute program dedicated to promoting the community’s overall health and well-being, covering a wide range of contemporary healthcare issues through interviews with healthcare experts, researchers, and policymakers.
Dr. Fred Lippman talked to myself and Cathy about how people (YOU and me) can learn to navigate the complex healthcare system and be their own best advocate.
Dr. Lippman started by asking us what the insidious pandemic has done to the people, public, and healthcare. He also talked about the population of South Florida and how hard for so many elders to navigate the broad healthcare system with all the rules and regulations.
Cathy and I gave him examples of how Advocates work with consumers to empower people and break down barriers and improve communication and care coordination. We talked about how patient empowerment can be their own best advocates.
I hope you will take a few minutes to view the show. Please let me know what you think. Feel free to share the link with your family, friends and colleagues, so they know their role in the healthcare system and can be their own best advocate.
I look forward to your comments. Have a good week!
You and Cathy shared some really important information.
Anne, you mentioned some forms for collecting information to have with you when you go to the hospital or are in an emergency.
Are those forms available to the public?
My daughter is beginning her own advocacy career after being a nurse and long-time advocate for her parents with many comorbidities. I want to help her in any way I can, not professionally of course, I live in a CCRC in Fl, and she will be meeting with our director here to speak about advocacy. She’ll be great, and I want to share my joy at her helpfulness to our family during our difficult times. Keep in touch if you have any suggestions. Thanks,
Excellent Maureen, I wish her the best. Moving into advocacy is a natural transition for nurses. You can help people understand what she can do as a advocate for them. Have her email me if she has any questions as she moves forward. [email protected]
Yes Yvonne, here is the link to the Care Partner Project. There is https://thecarepartnerproject.org. Look under the Hospital Tab and you will see various checklists.
Feel free to explore the entire site as there is good information on the site!
Thank you for listening.
Great show!! You both did an excellent job presenting this oh so important information (and reminded me to update both mine and my husband’s medical sheets!😁)
Great Debbie, glad you found it helpful! Yes, review and update your medical sheets. It is important.
Thanks for listening.
Thank you for sharing this marvelous interaction. Sadly it is true that the health care system is here for itself, to perform functions and to collect fees. It is often said, No man is an island; it takes a village” . Advocates are our most valuable asset.
Thanks Dana – together we are helping people, our communities better understand how to navigate the complex healthcare system.
there is something passionate that I love to do.