A+J Patient Advocacy began serving clients in September 2021, receiving its 501(c)(3) status in June 2022. Founded by Rebeka Acosta, and named in honor of Adrian Hanson and Julie Powers, the agency operates with the support of a Board of Directors and Advisory Panel.
As a nonprofit, independent health advocacy agency, we provide free health navigation, health advocacy, and health education services in Southern Nevada. Our clients include children, teens, adults, and families, in addition to partnerships with local community organizations and advocacy professionals across the country.
Advocates providing service maintain licensure with the Patient Advocate Certification Board while all Staff, Officers, and Volunteers adhere to the industry’s Code of Ethics.
MISSION & VALUES
We are on a mission to prepare generations of patients and families to be informed health consumers, by providing free health navigation, advocacy, and education services to people living with chronic illness. Promoting access to appropriate care for the most marginalized patients, increasing patient engagement, and providing knowledge of diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes will guide us in reducing health disparities.
We believe that every person should receive appropriate and timely healthcare, regardless of geography, income, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, ability, diagnosis, or complexity of condition.
We know it is important for spouses, partners, parents, guardians, siblings, extended family members, and other supportive individuals to participate in our services alongside the patient.
We will ensure our services remain accessible, equitable, and free for all patients and their families. Our work is only done when the patient thrives.
Adrian Hanson had an amazing laugh and was a lover of science, traveling, and sport. As a Professional Engineer he believed strongly in access to education (especially STEM), giving back to his community, and spending quality time with his loved ones.
Julie Powers was a Baltimore native, critical care nurse, ocean lover, and friend to many. She held strong beliefs that every human being should have access to the healthcare they need and worked tirelessly to ensure her patients always did.
In their lives, Adrian and Julie held space for anyone in need. Their presence is greatly missed by all who knew them, and A+J Patient Advocacy carries their memory and values in our work everyday.