How I Can Help
Serve as Medical Power of Attorney for my parent and helped manage my father's case with Alzheimer's from over 1,000 miles away. Have helped my mother manage bi-lateral radial fractures from a distance, was present for my sister and pre-eclampsia and 13-week premature birth of my niece, and have been involved with numerous other situations for families and friends.
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
I have had myriad health issues in my life, including two medical mistakes that cold and should have been avoided. When I discovered Health Communication as an area of study, I knew immediately that this was a career path for me. I have been passionate about the importance of patient-provider communication, shared decision-making and patient empowerment from the beginning, and believe that without these things, healthcare will not be at its best for patients or for providers. I am concerned about the well-being of those who care for us as patients as well as for the patients being cared for. Anything I can do to improve outcomes for both groups of people is what I want to do. I am also passionate about social justice and realize just how many people do not have equal access to quality health care because of financial issues, racial disparities, lack of access, and many other social determinants that impede their ability to receive the health care that each and every person rightly deserves. Patient advocacy is one way I can work to help give back.