Discovering Your Role as a Volunteer
Dear Volunteer Advocate,
Congratulations on your interest in the very rewarding work of patient advocacy! Through the Patient Advocate Foundation Advocates Alliance for Action, a volunteer advocacy program comprised of patients, caregivers, physicians, nurses, attorneys, patient advocates, and patient services professionals, you will discover ways in which you can make a remarkable difference in the lives of people in your community and in America.
As a member of this special team, you will have the opportunity to influence healthcare legislation, educate your community on the direct patient services provided by PAF, and help PAF continue the work of our mission.
We welcome you to the Patient Advocate Foundation volunteer network.
PAF Advocates Coordinator Team - ACT
- Volunteer State Chairpersons
- Regional Legislative Activities Director
- National Advocacy Programs Director
- Founding Executive Director
Patient Advocate Foundation Mission Statement
The Patient Advocate Foundation is a national,non-profit organization that serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer, and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention, and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers and attorneys. Patient Advocate Foundation seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.
Patient Advocate Foundation Advocates Alliance for Action Mission Statement
The PAF Advocates Alliance for Action is a volunteer advocacy program comprised of patients, caregivers, physicians, nurses, attorneys, patient advocates, and patient services professionals. The Advocates serves as an information network for the purpose of:
- Educating elected officials at both the state and federal levels about policy and legislative reform that improves, restores, and/or maintains access to care and reimbursement for the complete cycle of healthcare services required from a point of early detection to the end of life care,
- Educating the public on the patient services provided by Patient Advocate Foundation, and
- Supporting the fundraising efforts of the Patient Advocate Foundation that allow financial support for state Lobby Day programs, attendance at Patient Congress in Washington, DC, and attendance at regional and national advocacy training events.
To Register as a Member of the PAF Advocates Alliance For Action Contact
PAF Public Policy Department
Public Information Campaign
Let Your Voice Be Heard
Elected officials in the United States Congress and the state General Assemblies are charged with the very difficult responsibility of reforming healthcare. It is through the voice of patients, caregivers, and medical professionals that legislators will learn how pending legislation will affect Americans. It is your right as a citizen to build strong relationships with legislators and to influence positive change in policy.
Through the volunteer network, the PAF Advocates Coordinator Team (ACT), will educate you on state and federal initiatives. You will be kept up to date on the current status of bills, who in your state is signed on as a co-sponsor, and what action is needed to move the legislation.
Armed with this information, we encourage you to contact your elected officials, at both the state and federal level, to express your position. An effective way to communicate is through a personalized letter that clearly and concisely explains the issue at hand.
Members of the United States Congress can be easily reached by postal mail.
The Honorable (First and Last Name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator (Last Name):
The Honorable (First and Last Name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative (Last Name):
The contact information for state legislators can be found through the National Conference of State Legislatures website at www.ncsl.org.
Please visit www.npaf.org for more information on healthcare legislation.
For more details on how to effectively communicate with legislators, contact PAF Public Policy Department at 1-800-532-5274 or firstname.lastname@example.org and request Your Right…Your Choice…Your Privilege
Everybody’s Surfing Now...
The World Wide Web provides endless opportunities to expand your knowledge surrounding current legislative activities. The Web can be used to read bill language, track a bill as it moves through the legislative process, and contact your elected officials via email. Informative Sites to Bookmark include:
United States Government
- Democratic National Committee
- House of Representatives
- Library of Congress
- Republican National Committee
- United States Senate
- Thomas, Legislative Information on the Internet
- U.S. Government Printing Office
- The White House
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Centers for Disease Control
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Federal Register
National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Cancer Institute (NCI)
- National Institutes of Health Homepage
- National Cancer Institute Homepage
- NCI Cancer Information
- NCI News Center
- The Washington Post
- RollCall Online
- Rock the Vote