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Have you ever felt intimidated, confused, or overwhelmed when trying to navigate the health care system? In those moments it can be hard to advocate for yourself and those you care about. Join our host Ashley Danyel Freeman as she speaks with patients, providers and caregivers who have found the strength to advocate for equitable access to affordable quality health care. Advocates in Action is created by the National Patient Advocate Foundation, a non-profit with the objective of prioritizing the patient voice to achieve person-centered care. We are dedicated to amplifying the powerful stories of individuals and the collective needs of various communities across the country.

Advocates in Action National Patient Advocate Foundation

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Have you ever felt intimidated, confused, or overwhelmed when trying to navigate the health care system? In those moments it can be hard to advocate for yourself and those you care about. Join our host Ashley Danyel Freeman as she speaks with patients, providers and caregivers who have found the strength to advocate for equitable access to affordable quality health care. Advocates in Action is created by the National Patient Advocate Foundation, a non-profit with the objective of prioritizing the patient voice to achieve person-centered care. We are dedicated to amplifying the powerful stories of individuals and the collective needs of various communities across the country.

    You Call it…We Call it Caregiving

    You Call it…We Call it Caregiving

    You call it taking your grandmother to the doctor, but Bea Rector and her team at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services help people understand they are actually caregivers, and provide them with the resources they need to fulfill that role. Bea talks about her state's program to give caregivers access to services ranging from transportation and housework to acupuncture. She also discusses the work they do to measure the impact of these services and their economic as well as human benefits. Bea's able to infuse her own experiences as a caregiver for her parents and in-laws into her work to help others at the highest level.
    Connect with Washington State's Department of Social and Health Services on social media!
    Twitter: @waDSHSFacebook: Washington State DSHS

    • 29 min
    The Blessings and Burdens of the Caregiving Journey

    The Blessings and Burdens of the Caregiving Journey

    Janice Williams began her career as a nurse twenty-five years ago, serving her community in a multitude of ways. Even with all of her health care experience and knowledge, nothing was able to fully prepare her for the journey of becoming a caregiver for her father. As she discovered all the strategy, knowledge, and rest she would need as a caregiver, it inspired her to start a non-profit, Caregiver's Respite in 2010 to support family caregivers through education, encouragement, and events. Janice shares how her faith is truly what helped her get through and now she is on a mission to strengthen others along their caregiving journey to carry the burden but also recognize the blessings.
     
    Visit our website to explore show notes, additional episodes and our mission: http://bit.ly/NPAFpod 
    Learn more about Janice's organization Caregiver's Respite: http://bit.ly/NPAFrespite 
    Have you or a loved one been impacted by Covid-19? Utilize our Covid Care Resource Center: https://www.patientadvocate.org/covidcare/
    Visit our National Financial Resource Directory today to find ways to decrease the financial burden of medical treatment. You can filter our directory by your age, state, medical diagnosis and type of assistance needed. https://www.patientadvocate.org/explore-our-resources/national-financial-resource-directory/ 
    Connect with us on social media!Twitter: @NPAF_Tweets: http://bit.ly/NPAFtwitter Instagram: @Patient_Advocates: http://bit.ly/NPAFinstagram Facebook: National Patient Advocate Foundation: http://bit.ly/NPAFfacebook 

    • 17 min
    Appreciating the Calling to Become a Caregiver

    Appreciating the Calling to Become a Caregiver

    Shonta Chambers has been a caregiver for over 20 years, providing care for her mother who has multiple sclerosis and her father, a stroke survivor. In the last year, both of her parents overcame Covid-19. She needed all her professional skills and personal experiences to balance caring for her parents, being a mother, and keeping herself healthy. Shonta talks about the emotional and physical impact of this work and  how she's honored to receive the calling for this journey because it allowed her to learn the real meaning of caregiving.
    Visit our website to explore show notes, additional episodes and our mission: http://bit.ly/NPAFpod 
    Do you need a case manager to help you navigate challenges while you seek the care you deserve? Contact our Case Management Services: https://www.patientadvocate.org/connect-with-services/case-management-services-and-medcarelines/ 
    Have you or a loved one been impacted by Covid-19? Utilize our Covid Care Resource Center: https://www.patientadvocate.org/covidcare/
    Visit our National Financial Resource Directory today to find ways to decrease the financial burden of medical treatment. You can filter our directory by your age, state, medical diagnosis and type of assistance needed. https://www.patientadvocate.org/explore-our-resources/national-financial-resource-directory/ 
    Connect with us on social media!Twitter: @NPAF_Tweets: http://bit.ly/NPAFtwitter Instagram: @Patient_Advocates: http://bit.ly/NPAFinstagram Facebook: National Patient Advocate Foundation: http://bit.ly/NPAFfacebook 

    • 30 min
    Preventing the Human Connection from Getting Lost in Translation

    Preventing the Human Connection from Getting Lost in Translation

    Naimi Pothiwala gives us hope for the future as a 20 year old undergraduate at East Carolina University she is making a difference in her rural community of Apex, North Carolina. After learning how to fluently speak Spanish she took a leap to become a translator at a mamography clinic. Pothiwala talks about how honored she is to serve in this role to truly empower women during some of the most intimidating and vulnerable clinical procedures. Listen as she shares her goals for the impact she wishes to make in rural communities after graduation. 
    Visit our website to explore show notes, additional episodes and our mission.Are you in a rural area and need help accessing care? Visit our National Financial Resource Directory Connect with us on social media!Twitter: @NPAF_TweetsInstagram: @Patient_AdvocatesFacebook: National Patient Advocate Foundation

    • 17 min
    Embracing Telemedicine to Keep Georgia Connected & Cared For

    Embracing Telemedicine to Keep Georgia Connected & Cared For

    How can organizations within a state collaborate to ensure that their patients can access the care they need? By leveraging telemedicine and utilizing statewide partnerships that share the common goal of health equity for all. Listen as Suleima Salgado, the Director of Telemedicine for the Georgia Department of Public Health shares some of the best practices her team has used to keep patients and providers connected virtually across all 159 counties. Suleima and her colleagues exemplify the power a state can have when multiple entities work together to overcome access barriers to get patients access to care they deserve. 
     
    Watch a Video about Georgia's Telemedicine Network
    Read More Georgia's Office of Telehealth & Telemedicine
    Learn About Telemedicine in Your State: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
    Connect with us on social media!Twitter: @NPAF_TweetsInstagram: @Patient_AdvocatesFacebook: National Patient Advocate Foundation

    • 26 min
    Dignity is the Connection

    Dignity is the Connection

    Ed Cunicelli began his career over twenty years ago, photographing the White Mountain Apache reservation in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Indian Health. Since then his journey has taken him back to locations ranging from Native American and rural communities to a the front lines of the Covid treatment in an urban hospital. Ed focuses on finding the joy, strength and resilience in the people he photographs and making his pictures a testament to the need for social justice and an agent for change.
     
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    Visit our website to explore show notes, additional episodes and our mission.Are you in a rural area and need help accessing care? Visit our National Financial Resource Directory Connect with us on social media!Twitter: @NPAF_TweetsInstagram: @Patient_AdvocatesFacebook: National Patient Advocate Foundation

    • 18 min

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