While many previous Presidents’ messages have focused on updates around the PACB, this newsletter is dedicated to the many outstanding achievements of our BCPAs.
We are extremely proud of all of you, but the news we received over the weekend, was particularly sweet: Krista Hughes, BCPA, has been named to the National Advisory Council (NAC) for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The first ever patient or health care advocate elevated to the council, it is a three-year appointment, made by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Beccera. Clearly a testament to her extraordinary work as a patient advocate, this will further help to raise the level of awareness of our profession and of the certification. Krista is the founder and CEO of Passion for Patients, has been working in the healthcare arena for over two decades and in the patient advocacy space for many years. She first became a BCPA in March of 2019 and has maintained her continuing education and certification status. She will be representing a strong, growing, and ever more collaborative professional community and it is reassuring to know Krista will be at the table making sure patients' and advocates' voices are heard. So we congratulate Krista on this wonderful appointment and wish her godspeed in her new role! (Also see the press release linked below).
For more stories of BCPAs in the News and/or making waves, please follow the link in the section below.
We are more than halfway through an already very hot summer, and we hope many have been or will be able to take some time away from their day-to-day routine. We all know how very important it is to recharge our own batteries- lest we lose the wit and energy to assist our clients.
Accordingly, the PACB office will also be taking a much-needed break. We will be closed every Friday through Labor Day weekend, resuming a regular schedule on September 6th.
Nonetheless, our Executive Director, Danielle Marshall, and our committees will be hard at work finishing the JTA analysis, working on JEDI initiatives, and preparing for the fall exam cycle. There are many exciting developments ahead, so stay tuned.
In the interim, all of us at the PACB wish all of you a safe and wonderful summer!