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LWN Speakers Series: Knowing Your Rights as a Patient

LWN Speakers Series: Knowing Your Rights as a Patient

Ailene Gerhardt shares best practices to make sure your patient rights are honored

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 5:00pm

Join us for this informative presentation with Ailene Gerhardt of Beacon Patient Advocates. Find out ways to make sure you get the most from a medical appointment through clear communication. Ailene will offer tips and best practices, followed by your questions and discussion. No pre-registration. FREE to LWN Members; $5 suggested donation for nonmembers.

WHEN: Thursday, March 21, 5:00 – 6:15 PM
WHERE: ANC Community Room, North Hall, 1651 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

About the speaker: Ailene Gerhardt, Founder, Beacon Patient Advocates LLC and Board Certified Independent Patient Advocate (BCPA)

After growing up in South Florida, Ailene moved to Massachusetts to attend college. In the years that followed, Ailene received her undergraduate degree from Clark University and her master’s degree from Brandeis University.

While enjoying a successful 17-year career as a human services professional advocating for the needs of students, faculty and staff on college campuses, Ailene’s mother became gravely ill. She experienced first-hand how draining and challenging navigating the intricacies of the health care system can be while actively supporting a loved one experiencing a healthcare crisis. The experience as her family member’s primary health advocate led Ailene to a career change and her calling as a private patient advocate.

Ailene completed her Certificate in Consumer Health Advocacy at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Patient Partnerships in August 2017, founded Beacon Patient Advocates LLC in February 2018 and earned her Patient Advocacy Board Certification credentials in April 2018. As an Independent Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA), Ailene works with individual clients in need of assistance navigating the complexities of the healthcare system and offers community education talks and classes on a wide array of healthcare advocacy topics.

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