Getting Started as a Health or Patient Advocate or Navigator
If you have interest in becoming a private, professional, independent patient or health advocate, there are many resources to help you.
Here we provide information about taking courses, earning a certificate, joining a patient or health advocacy organization, researching, or participating in web-based conversations. See below to link to the latest information about patient advocacy certification.
Making the Decision: Is a Patient or Health Advocacy Career the Right Choice for You?
When Your Decision Is Made: Find a master list of resources for starting your own private practice here.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started with Your Advocacy Practice is available as a free download with an APHA membership. Learn more.
Health and Patient Advocate Educational Programs
…provides a master list of all learning opportunities for patient and health advocates and navigators, those who are exploring the concept, or considering advocacy as a career.
Included are overviews and student or member reviews of these private advocacy organizations.
Programs listed include: private advocacy programs, hospital patient advocate and navigator programs, specialized programs, workshops and events, and professional membership organizations.
Also listed are mentors – people with experience establishing and growing private advocacy practices, and are willing to teach others to do the same, will be listed at this education site.
The Health Advocacy Career Series
- So You Want to Be a Patient Advocate? Choosing a Career in Health or Patient Advocacy
- The Health Advocate’s Start and Grow Your Own Practice Handbook
- The Health Advocate’s Basic Marketing Handbook
- The Health Advocate’s Advanced Marketing Handbook
Plus, to learn about the healthcare system, and ways advocates can assist the patients they work with:
- You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes (How to Fix Them to Get the Healthcare You Deserve)
- You Bet Your Life! The Top 10 Reasons You Need a Professional Patient Advocate by Your Side (this book is free with a new APHA membership – details here.)
Online Articles and Forums
- Patient Navigator Forum Group at Linked In (you must be listed at Linked In)
- Alliance of Professional Advocates Connect! Forum (you must be a member of APHA)
- Patient Advocates Forum Group at Linked In (you must be invited by the PPAI)
Patient Advocate Certification:
- The Myth of Patient Advocate Certification
- Why We Should Avoid Using the Title “Certified Patient Advocate”
- Revisiting Education and Patient Advocates’ Certification
- An Advocate’s Allegiance Makes All the Difference
- Stay Up to Date with the Patient Advocate Certification Board
Health Advocate Code of Conduct and Professional Standards: