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LWN 2019 Winter/Spring Speakers Series

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Start on your journey to become an engaged patient by attending these presentations. Become informed as you learn from an expert on how to advocate for yourself and who to reach out to if you need help.

Communicating Effectively with your Doctor: Clear and honest communication with your medical provider can help make informed decisions about your health. During this presentation we will discuss ways to make sure you get the from a medical appointment and answer your questions.

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 5:00 – 6:15 PM

WHERE: ANC Community Room, North Hall, 1651 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Knowing your rights as a Patient: The best way to make sure your rights as a patient are honored and respected is to know what they are. During this presentation we will discuss the rights of patients and answer your questions.

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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