Developing a Graduate Program in Health Advocacy

  • Joan Marks
Part of the Nonprofit Management and Finance book series (NOMA)


In the past decade, over 1400 hospitals in the United States have instituted health advocacy programs in response to the growing awareness that our complex health care systems frequently fail to meet the needs of patients. With doctors, nurses, and administrators already overburdened with a multitude of medical responsibilities, patients increasingly find themselves treated with a brisk impersonality that can be both confusing and frightening. The demand for a new kind of health worker, the health advocate (a generic term for a variety of positions, for example, patient representative) represents a nationwide effort to resolve this problem and to improve the quality and delivery of health care services.


Nursing Home Genetic Counselor Health Advocate Patient Representative Training Grant 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan Marks
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  1. 1.Sarah Lawrence CollegeUSA

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