The Center for Advancing Health works to ensure that all people have the information and support they need to respond to the challenges of finding and using safe, decent health care.
Health care and current efforts to reform it largely ignore the complex tasks people must perform effectively if they are to benefit from the services, drugs and technologies available to them. Further, increased demands for people to be engaged in their care places a heavy burden on those who are already ill, those with lower literacy skills and those with fewer resources that undermines their potential to benefit from the care available to them.
Your donation will contribute to using evidence to advance engagement and equity in American health care by supporting us as we:
- Persuade leading health professionals, hospital administrators and government officials to make changes in health care policy and practice that help and support — and do not hinder — people's effective engagement in their health care
- Provide the public — via the media — trustworthy evidence that supports their effective engagement in health and health care. See examples here.
- Develop and disseminate nationally tools that help doctors and hospitals provide guidance that supports patients and families in engaging in their care
The Center for Advancing Health works to increase people's engagement in their health care.
All Americans act to fully benefit from their health care.
Work with policy makers, clinicians, and communities to more effectively support people's engagement in their health care.
Produce and disseminate research news stories that people can use to inform decisions about their health and health care.
Offer Be a Prepared Patient resources to help people find good health care and make the most of it.
Since it was founded in 1992, the Center for Advancing Health has aimed to increase people's engagement in their health and health care.
While advances in medical knowledge have been responsible for steady increases in the length and quality of life of Americans, the potential of health care to improve individual and population health in the future rests increasingly in the hands of individuals. Whether we are sick or well, we will not benefit from the expertise of health professionals and the technologies they deploy unless we participate actively and knowledgably in our own care. More