About This Course

This course will cover the tools needed to convert your passion for practicing patient advocacy into a successful private patient advocacy business. Many people come to patient advocacy because of the fear or frustration they have experienced as healthcare providers or patients within the health care system. They have a passion for making a difference in the lives of patients and their families and want to positively affect their health care experience and outcomes. However, this passion doesn’t always translate into a successful advocacy business hopeful advocates give up when they aren’t able to do the work they want to do. The Bridge Health Advocates was founded to bridge that gap between passion and practice. We will discuss how to take that passion and transform it into a list of advocacy services, a brand, a networking strategy and more. We do this so that we can have a world in which everyone has access to a health care advocate and is empowered on their journey of health.

This program has been Approved by the PACB for 1 CE, BCPA Approved through August 22, 2025

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify five actions they can take to function as their own advocate within the healthcare system. 
  2. Participants will be able to list methods to obtain qualified advocacy services. 
  3. Participants will understand the role and benefits of using a professional advocate.

Melissa Cardine


Melissa has been a nurse for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Nursing in 1997 and Masters of Nursing in 2002. Her passion is listening to patients, families and caregivers. She enjoys collaborating with other healthcare professionals. She has done that at every turn in a nursing career that spans from complex home health care services and hospital nursing to opening a nationally recognized outpatient treatment center.

Jennifer Whalen


Jennifer has been working in healthcare most of her life, and has a passion for providing outstanding patient care. Her first taste of medicine was as a CNA in nursing homes and as a medical assistant in primary care before attending the physician assistant program at Duke University. She worked for 10 years as a PA in urgent care, family practice and hospital medicine. 

Read Their Full Bio Here: https://bridgehealthadvocates.com/about-health-advocacy/

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