A Tribute to Mr. Whitney

Mr. Whitney was a beloved client of A+J Patient Advocacy. He will be warmly remembered for his smile, big hugs, and zest for living life. Donald enjoyed fishing, traveling, and sharing stories of his adventures. Heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. A+J will celebrate Do Good forContinue reading “A Tribute to Mr. Whitney”

Even Health Advocates Need Help

A+J’s Executive Director is a private person, but regularly uses personal experiences to connect with her clients. In this post, Rebeka provides a glimpse into her chronic illness journey and proves that no patient has all the answers. Hi, I’m Rebeka, a mother of two teenagers born with congenital heart and airway disease. I’m alsoContinue reading “Even Health Advocates Need Help”

Payless.Health Search Engine Coming Soon

One Fact Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in New York City. Their mission is to transform health care across the world using open source principles. Launching soon is Payless.health, a free platform to help people understand how much they will pay for health care and a place to find guidance. A+J Patient Advocacy isContinue reading “Payless.Health Search Engine Coming Soon”

Neighborhood Villages Magazine Feature

A little among neighbors is worth more than riches in a wilderness. Welsh Proverb Neighborhood Villages is a local magazine delivered by mail, featuring the latest news in a specific zip code. Thanks to journalist Jaime Brousse, A+J Patient Advocacy is featured in the 89044 edition’s Charity Spotlight for the month of February! Be well,Continue reading “Neighborhood Villages Magazine Feature”

An Advocate’s Guide to Cheaper Prescriptions

Each time a new drug is approved, it costs manufactures an average of $180,000 over a year to bring it to market. It is no surprise that these astronomical costs are passed on to consumers – we the patients. Americans spend an average of $1,300 per person per year on prescription drugs. [source: Bloomberg News]Continue reading “An Advocate’s Guide to Cheaper Prescriptions”

Vegas Stronger Champion

Love cannot remain by itself — it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service. -Mother Teresa   A+J Patient Advocacy is honored to receive the Vegas Stronger Champion designation for January! Presented by KTNV 13 Las Vegas, with a surprise donation from Findlay Automotive, the program spotlights “people in ourContinue reading “Vegas Stronger Champion”

Season of Giving – Thank you!

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. Amelia Earhart A+J Patient Advocacy provides its health education and advocacy services at no cost to the patient or their family, relying solely on support from generous donors. During 2022’s Season of Giving, we shared storiesContinue reading “Season of Giving – Thank you!”

Client Story: Hayden

Children see magic because they look for it. Christopher Moore Remember Hayden? She’s back! 🙂 Since we last heard from her, Hayden has turned 7 years old, still loves puppies, and is a champ at using her advocacy voice. Her growth is a true testament to having an advocate’s guidance and her family’s unending support.Continue reading “Client Story: Hayden”

Get Connected. Get Help. 2-1-1 Available Nationwide.

Have you heard of 2-1-1? Covering every U.S. state, they are the local experts who make finding help easier. You can call, text, and web chat with someone in your local area to find help meeting basic needs like housing, food, transportation, and health care. Find your local network at https://www.211.org. Nevada Residents Nevada 2-1-1Continue reading “Get Connected. Get Help. 2-1-1 Available Nationwide.”

Partner Story: Henderson CTC

There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about. Margaret J. Wheatley A+J Patient Advocacy is very proud of its partnership with Henderson Comprehensive Treatment Center. It is so rewarding to connect with other helpers at heart, working together for positive change in our community. Take a listen asContinue reading “Partner Story: Henderson CTC”

Client Story: Dijonasse

She was always fighting a battle, but her smile would never tell you so. Nikki Rowe MYTH: chronic illness only affects older adults. Meet Dijonasse, a 26-year-old living with chronic illness and a client of A+J. She enjoys connecting with other young people with chronic illness, especially on TikTok, and serves on the A+J AdvisoryContinue reading “Client Story: Dijonasse”

Point Pressure: creating a new device for muscle spasticity

Point Pressure is a Barcelona-based medical technology startup committed to helping patients affected by neurological conditions. With their first product, Sura, they are bringing a non-invasive, non-drug treatment for muscle spasticity to the medical device industry. We are proud to announce that A+J Patient Advocacy is now a member of the Advisory Panel at PointContinue reading “Point Pressure: creating a new device for muscle spasticity”

Client Story: Mindy R.

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it. Marian Wright Edelman A+J Patient Advocacy is so happy to introduce you to Mindy Rodrigues and her wonderful granddaughters. Though the girls had a rough start to life, they are thriving today because ofContinue reading “Client Story: Mindy R.”

Enjoy the Little Things: 2022 Memorable Moments

Act as if what you do makes a difference.Because it does. William James At A+J Patient Advocacy, we operate on coffee (of course) and healthy doses of compassion, dedication, and love. From the Founder to the Board of Directors to our Community Partners and Advisory Panelists – we are all helpers at heart. We neverContinue reading “Enjoy the Little Things: 2022 Memorable Moments”

Season of Giving 2022

It’s easier to take than to give. It’s nobler to give then to take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime. Joan Marques A+J Patient Advocacy provides its health education and advocacy services at no cost to the patient or their family, relying solely on support from generousContinue reading “Season of Giving 2022”

Code of Ethics

CHCAO is a coalition of Patient and Health Care Advocacy leaders who recognize the benefit of working together on common goals to advance the profession. By acknowledging each other’s strengths, sharing resources, and collaborating with a shared vision, the coalition will increase the visibility and availability of Patient Advocates and improve the patient experience. CoalitionContinue reading “Code of Ethics”

Never Go To A Medical Appointment Empty Handed

Before they enter the room, your doctor, nurse, or other care provider prepared for your visit. You, the patient, should be just as prepared. A visit with any health care provider should reflect a balanced conversation, a positive effort towards relationship building, and a true human-to-human understanding. It should never be one-sided nor should aContinue reading “Never Go To A Medical Appointment Empty Handed”

2022 Buddy Walk

The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down syndrome awareness. Your Friendly Advocate had a wonderful time meeting families at this year’s Las Vegas Buddy Walk, which supports programs of Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada. A special thanks to Advisory Panel members Aaron and Nathan for joiningContinue reading “2022 Buddy Walk”

Amazon Smile Charity

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. A+J Patient Advocacy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We provide all services at no cost to the patients or families we serve. Therefore, our work is dependent on you, our generous supporters! ByContinue reading “Amazon Smile Charity”

Unseen: How We’re Failing Parent Caregivers & Why It Matters

The Unseen film follows Jess and Ryan Ronne, a blended family with 8 children, including Lucas, who has profound disabilities requiring total care. Their situation has gotten more and more challenging as Lucas gets older and stronger. With limited resources and support, caregiving takes a toll on their physical and mental health. We are proud toContinue reading “Unseen: How We’re Failing Parent Caregivers & Why It Matters”

New Partnership: Henderson Comprehensive Treatment Center

Henderson Comprehensive Treatment Center serves adults who have developed an addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, morphine, or another opioid. We combine medication with both individual and group therapies to address the physical, emotional, behavioral, and social aspects of opioid addiction. A+J Patient Advocacy is excited to announce a new community partnership with Henderson Comprehensive Treatment CenterContinue reading “New Partnership: Henderson Comprehensive Treatment Center”

A+J Joins Find Help

FindHelp: Connected Social Care for Healthier Communities A+J Patient Advocacy is now listed on findhelp.org, a national social care network. Individuals needing assistance in a variety of areas can search for local organizations and request services. You can view the A+J listing under Patient Advocacy & Navigation and while there, be sure to check outContinue reading “A+J Joins Find Help”

Children Need Independent Patient Advocates, Too

Your Friendly Advocate recently wrote for Case Management Society of America’s official magazine about the importance of independent patient advocates for the pediatric population. Those who work in adult medicine are beginning to understand and embrace the concept of independent patient advocacy. They see the potential for increased patient safety and better health outcomes. TheyContinue reading “Children Need Independent Patient Advocates, Too”

Advocacy 101: A Live Interview

Mark your calendars now for this exciting, live interview! Join Your Friendly Advocate and her special guest Nathan Say, as they discuss advocacy and what an independent advocate can do for you. Free to attend! RSVP and save your spot! Be well, Your Friendly Advocate

Back to School Health & Resource Fair

Join Your Friendly Advocate at this year’s *free* Back to School Health & Resource Fair. There will be school supplies, health resources, and education resources. Look for the A+J table and come say hello! Saturday, August 69:00a – 1:00p Helen Cannon Junior High School5850 Euclid StreetLas Vegas, NV 89120 Hosted by Fountain of Hope AMEContinue reading “Back to School Health & Resource Fair”

When Health & Education Collide

Advocacy crosses all sectors, but health & education advocacy often go hand-in-hand. A+J is a patient advocacy organization, meaning we work with clients and their healthcare needs. But, at its core, advocacy is applicable in any sector/industry/field. When you think of healthcare and education, there are so many links, especially for children and teens withContinue reading “When Health & Education Collide”

IEP Summer Summit

Presented by Collaboration Center Foundation Attention Las Vegas Valley families! Does your child have a 504 Plan or IEP at school? You won’t want to miss this free workshop happening next week, presented by our friends at Collaboration Center Foundation. Presenters include: Registration is free and open to all interested families and caregivers. Childcare willContinue reading “IEP Summer Summit”

Client Spotlight: Taosies

Meet Taosies! He is 12 years old and just graduated elementary school with A/B Honor Roll and the History Hero award. Taosies loves animals, playing flag football and golf, and discussing World War II history. He recently started a rock collection and is often busy in the garage – tumbling, polishing, and carving. Taosies isContinue reading “Client Spotlight: Taosies”

Hi, I’m Sunny

June 24th is Take Your Dog to Work Day. What better day to introduce our newest Chief Happiness Officer, Sunny! Born on April 1, she is 3 months old and weighs in at a whopping 30 pounds. She lives with big sister Echo and her human, Your Friendly Advocate. Any guesses on what she willContinue reading “Hi, I’m Sunny”

Patients for Patient Safety US

A+J Patient Advocacy is proud to support the mission and vision of Patients for Patient Safety US. Patients for Patient Safety US “is a network of people and organizations aligned with the World Health Organization and focused on making healthcare safe in the United States. Led by people who have experienced medical error as aContinue reading “Patients for Patient Safety US”

Nevada Non-Profit Status

A+J Patient Advocacy Inc. was granted Nevada Business ID # NV20222487073 as a Domestic Non-Profit Corporation by Nevada’s Secretary of State on June 14, 2022. This is the first step in order to apply for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service under code 501(c)(3). Stay tuned to The News Desk for status updates throughContinue reading “Nevada Non-Profit Status”

Client Spotlight: Hayden

Meet Hayden! She is 6 years old, loves puppies, and just received recognition from her teacher for organization and leadership in the classroom. Her parents have been part of the A+J family for a few years and they live in beautiful Colorado. Hayden recently received a new diagnosis and is finding her advocacy voice quiteContinue reading “Client Spotlight: Hayden”

Unite Nevada Network

A+J Patient Advocacy is proud to be a member organization of Unite Nevada, a coordinated care network of health and social service providers to address people’s social needs and improve health across communities. Through this partnership, we will be able to receive referrals to provide health advocacy and health education services to patients living withContinue reading “Unite Nevada Network”

Client Spotlight: Barrett

At just 7 years old, Barrett “Bear” Chenevert has already found his advocacy voice. Born with complex congenital heart defects, he also faces challenges in speech and language. One of the best supports for him has been his therapy horse Duke. ♥️ 🐴 ♥️  Barrett recently helped Duke and all his horse friends at North CountryContinue reading “Client Spotlight: Barrett”

Health Advocate X

A+J Patient Advocacy is proud to be a member of Health Advocate X, a national non-profit organization that brings together health advocates, patients, caregivers, health providers, allied health businesses, communities and educational representatives. Through this membership, our advocate will be able to publish relevant articles on their website and is listed in their Advocate Directory, found here.Continue reading “Health Advocate X”

Blue Light Night at Collaboration Center

A+J Patient Advocacy was thrilled to be in attendance at last weekend’s Blue Light Night Resource Fair at Collaboration Center! Under the magical lighting, and surrounded by excited laughter from children of all ages, we met over 60 families in need of health advocacy and health education services. Some we were able to help rightContinue reading “Blue Light Night at Collaboration Center”

Greater National Advocates

A+J Patient Advocacy is proud to be a member of Greater National Advocates, a public service organization determined to improve the patient experience. Through this membership with Greater National Advocates, we are able to participate in the Patient Safety Movement, supporting public policy and nationwide advocacy recognition. You can also find our listing in theirContinue reading “Greater National Advocates”

National Association of Healthcare Advocacy

A+J Patient Advocacy is proud to be a member of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy (NAHAC). Through this membership with NAHAC, our advocate is able to participate in continuing education courses in compliance with the Patient Advocate Certification Board, better serving our clients and community. Our advocate is also able to mentor new professionalsContinue reading “National Association of Healthcare Advocacy”

The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates

A+J Patient Advocacy is proud to be a member of The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA). Through this membership with APHA, our advocate is able to participate in continuing education courses in compliance with the Patient Advocate Certification Board, better serving our clients and community. Our advocate is also able to review and respondContinue reading “The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates”

Partnering with Collaboration Center Foundation

A+J Patient Advocacy is proud to partner with the Collaboration Center Foundation, a disability resource network in Las Vegas. Through this partnership, our advocate will provide educational workshops for families, accept referrals for patients needing health advocacy services, and serve on the Community Collaboration Advisory Council. * * * * * Collaboration Center is aContinue reading “Partnering with Collaboration Center Foundation”