August 02, 2004
The Department of Health Behavior and Health Education recently learned that it has been awarded a grant by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) to hold a second Patient Advocacy Summit. The national conference, which will take place in Spring 2005, will bring together a diverse group of leaders in public health, medicine, law, social work, and other professions for the purpose of developing a textbook, and disseminating ideas and information, about patient advocacy. Among other issues, the conference and resulting textbook will explore patient-centered care, e-health, patient safety, grassroots patient advocacy, and health communication.The conference will be a follow up to the successful summit held in Chapel Hill in November 2003. At that time 50 leaders from across the country discussed essential components of advocacy: building relationships between patients and providers, increasing patient education and participation, and improving access to health care. You can find highlights of the 2003 summit at

For more information about our Spring 2005 patient advocacy conference, please contact Melissa Gilkey at

For further information please contact Elizabeth French either by phone at 919-966-9208 or by email at


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