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2018 Ruth Ravich Patient Advocacy Award Nominations
We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Ruth Ravich Patient Advocacy Award through Friday, February 16.
Awarded annually since 1991, first by the Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy (SHCA) Board of Directors, and now by the PAC thought leaders, the award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions, dedication, leadership and loyal service to fellow Patient Advocates. 
The Patient Advocacy Community brings together individuals focused on
contributing to a positive healthcare experience for patients, families and the community and who understand the importance of advocating for patients to ensure an outstanding patient experience.

The Patient Advocacy Community:

  • Fosters relationships by giving you the opportunity to meet new people and exchange best practices
  • Facilitates advancement to keep you abreast of the latest developments in healthcare patient advocacy while honing your professional skill set
  • Inspires leadership that allows you to distinguish yourself as a trusted healthcare patient advocate
  • Supports continued dialogue on the important issues of patient advocacy, patient’s rights and ethics in patient care

The community provides a collaborative space and venue for sharing ideas, practices, challenges and opportunities.

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Key Components

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Work Groups

The Patient Advocacy Work Groups help support the work and provide direction for the community. There are currently Work Groups focused on:

  • Advocacy
  • Awards and Succession
  • Education
  • Membership
  • Publications
  • Regional Communities

Community Gathering

A core piece for ongoing dialogue is the Patient Advocacy Community Gathering, which holds their annual meeting during the Patient Experience Conference. The primary purpose of the community gathering is to engage in facilitated discussion to share ideas, strategies and questions, and to provoke deeper thought around the patient experience. The annual Patient Advocacy Award, inspired by founding Patient Advocate Ruth Ravich, is presented during this gathering.


The Beryl Institute’s Learning & Professional Development offerings includes a Patient Advocacy online community in PX Connect and may include Patient Advocacy focused content in the following:

    • Webinars
    • Topic Calls
    • Publications
      • White paper
      • Case Study
      • On the Road
    • PX Conference
    • PX Learning Bites

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