Time to go Beyond Token Patient Engagement

Time to go Beyond Token Patient Engagement

Being a patient volunteer can be rewarding, but it can also be extremely frustrating. Especially when you feel you are filling a token seat versus being an equal partner. It’s time to go beyond token patient engagement and look at patient volunteers as valued and equal partners in transforming healthcare.

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Why Being an Empath is Exhausting (and Rewarding)

Why Being an Empath is Exhausting (and Rewarding)

It has taken me years to learn I’m an empath, and that my response to human interactions is completely normal. This new knowledge has helped me in my advocacy work. But I’ve also had to learn how not to take on the emotions of those I’m helping.

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Share Your Advocacy Skills to Help Others

Share Your Advocacy Skills to Help Others

There are many times when we can share our patient advocacy skills to help others navigate a difficult journey. By listening, helping people formulate their thoughts and being there as a sounding board, it can be the difference between struggling and feeling supported.

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What's Your Motivation for Being a Patient Advocate?

What's Your Motivation for Being a Patient Advocate?

What motivates patients to volunteer? It’s not prestige or money but the desire to either right a wrong or improve the healthcare system by seeing the world from a patient’s perspective. If we truly want to have a variety of patient voices heard, we need to do the work to ensure any barriers to participation are removed and we value their voices.

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You Don't Need to Struggle Alone

You Don't Need to Struggle Alone

As parents, we often hold back from sharing when we are struggling or feeling overwhelmed. But guess what? You aren’t alone. By opening up, you can tap into the amazing support from other parents who have been where you are and have great insights to share.

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Should Patient Volunteers Get Paid?

Should Patient Volunteers Get Paid?

There is much debate online about whether or not patient should receive financial compensation for volunteering. Particularly when it comes to speaking at conferences or sitting on a healthcare committee, where everyone else in the room is being paid to attend. It’s about valuing and respecting patient voices, and the time they give (preparing, travelling, meeting).

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The Mental Health Struggles of Pregnant Moms, That No One Talks About

The Mental Health Struggles of Pregnant Moms, That No One Talks About

When people think of pregnant women they often have images of a woman with a round belly, big smile on her face and laying in a field of flowers. Okay, maybe that last part is only reserved for television commercials. However, this carefree, happy impression of pregnancy leaves many women feeling inadequate for being anything less than joyful.

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