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If you have experience working with patients and familes to solve problems, please apply to join our network. We will give you a voice and make sure the public can easily find you.
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Patient Advocacy Awareness
Most people have never heard of an Independent Patient Advocate. Patients and loved ones struggling with a health care crisis need to know that professional advocates exist and are ready to help.
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Professional Advocate Network
Independent Patient Advocates nationwide are joining our mission. We’ve created a robust network of independent advocacy professionals who can offer immediate support to those in need.
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National Advocate Directory
Our easy to navigate online directory provides patients and loved ones with immediate access to qualified support across the country. We make sure anyone who needs an advocate can find one.

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Your Voice Matters. Get Published in Our National Advocacy News Blog
We encourage members to enrich the Patient Advocacy community by sharing thoughts, articles, case studies, and professional experiences through our nationwide informational platform.
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Invisible
Did you know...
80% of the US population has no idea what a Patient Advocate is or does?
Invisible
Did you know...
80% of the US population has no idea what a Patient Advocate is or does?

The Go-To Directory For Patients and Loved Ones In Need

Our national directory connects patients and loved ones with independent Patient Advocates who can save lives and improve patient outcomes. This go-to network provides immediate access to professional health care advocates experienced in dealing with hospitals, insurance companies, doctors and assisted living facilities. The Greater National Advocates user-friendly platform helps patients and their loved ones find the right independent Patient Advocate to assist with their particular needs.
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"It's time to wake up the nation to the lifesaving benefits of Patient Advocacy and provide immediate online access to a trusted network of qualified practitioners."
Greater National Advocates

GNA is a Public Service Organization

Our mission is to wake up the nation to the lifesaving benefits of Independent Patient Advocacy and provide patients and loved ones with immediate online access to a trusted network of qualified practitioners. We use fact-based media to spread awareness and steer patients and their loved ones to GNANOW.org where they can learn more and find the professional support they need. 
Every advocate listed in the Greater National Advocates directory has agreed to abide by the Standards & Best Practices of The Patient Advocate Certification Board.
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Promoting Independent Patient Advocacy

Our answers to the most common questions from patient advocates, elder care professionals, and case managers. Submit your application for listing on GNANOW.ORG, our premier national directory.
When a health care crisis strikes, it’s essential to have a reliable advocate in your corner. Unfortunately, most people have never heard of a Patient Advocate.  The public has no idea that Independent Patient Advocates can help guide and protect patients and loved ones during a medical crisis.  This is where we come in...

Our mission includes shining a bright light on this profession. We are committed to promoting the benefits of independent Patient Advocacy on a national level. The goal is  to make this important, yet largely invisible profession, known in every household throughout America. Join Now»
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We are a proud partner of the Patient Safety Movement and share in their mission toward Zero Preventable Deaths. Learn More»
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We are a proud partner of the Patient Safety Movement and share in their mission toward Zero Preventable Deaths. Learn More»

Greater National Advocates Leadership

Founder and President L. Bradley Schwartz is a steadfast proponent of independent patient advocacy as a means to enhance communication, improve medical outcomes, and reduce medical error.
A respected attorney and medical malpractice survivor,L. Bradley Schwartz is fearless in his determination to promote the lifesaving benefits of Patient Advocacy. He served on the Board of Directors of NAHAC and PACB, helping shape policy and develop credentialing. Today, his mission is to transform Independent Patient Advocacy into a welcome and expected component of modern health care.
Making the Case for Patient Advocacy
The personal story of L. Bradley Schwartz

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Educating the public about the advantages of using independent patient advocates is a crucial part of our mission. Our blog provides a platform for the general public to learn more about advocacy and get comfortable with the notion of using patient advocates. By sharing your insights, stories, and expertise we can change the dialogue about advocacy in this country.
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FAQ

The patients who need help the most are suffering while the nation remains in the dark about the lifesaving benefits of Patient Advocacy.
What is Greater National Advocates and who should join?
Greater National Advocates is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation with a mission to raise public awareness about health care advocacy and make it easy for patients and loved ones to find immediate professional support. Our website, GNANOW.ORG, is the main hub where patients quickly learn about independent patient advocacy and identify and connect with advocates who meet their specific needs. We invite all health advocacy, patient safety, aging life care, and family caregiver professionals to submit your application so we can consider listing your profile on GNANOW.ORG. Our nonprofit status allows us to finance our mission through contributions from donors and sponsors without charging members to be listed. In other words, GNANOW.ORG is a free service for advocate members.
How does Greater National Advocates fit in with other organizations like APHA, PACB, ALCA, CMSA, WASHSAA, and NAHAC?
GNA has partnerships with Patient Advocacy, Health Advocacy, Aging Life Care, and Patient Safety organizations who share our values of inclusion, collaboration, transparency, and integrity. GNA founder L. Bradley Schwartz is a practicing lawyer who lost his limbs to medical error and it became his personal mission to prevent tragedies caused by health system failures. After serving on Boards of organizations including PACB and NAHAC, he founded Greater National Advocates to fix the profession’s biggest challenge: Public Awareness. Today, GNA is the most visible and influential public-facing promotional arm for patient and health care advocates nationwide.
I’m listed on another website directory. Why should I be listed on GNAnow.org?
GNANOW.ORG is the only national patient advocacy directory designed specifically for patients and loved ones in need. The site does not overwhelm or confuse the user with information they don’t care about, like how to start a business, listen to a podcast, or network with other advocates. GNANOW.ORG is a modern, well-designed website that’s easy for the general public to use and understand. For members, the profile-listing process is painless and always free. Advanced user features, search engine optimization, blogs, and a significant advertising grant from the Google Corporation have already resulted in increased public awareness of and engagement with patient and health care advocacy professionals.
Does GNA certify or train Patient Advocates?
GNA does not certify, educate, or train Patient Advocates. The only GNA mission is to promote patient advocacy to the public and provide a quick and easy to connect with a qualified advocate. GNA supports all credentialing and certification programs that enhance the ability of advocates to serve patients and families. GNA will recognize and acknowledge the credentials and certifications obtained by Patient Advocates but GNA is not and will not be a credentialing or certification body.
Who is eligible to have their profile published in the GNANOW.ORG national directory?
Our mission is to promote Independent Patient Advocacy and connect the public with qualified independent patient advocates who can help solve health care problems. At GNA, our definition of “Independent Patient Advocate” includes nurses, physicians, social workers, insurance & billing professionals, wellness practitioners, rare & chronic disease advocates, geriatric care managers, disability advocates, mental health professionals, family caregivers, patient safety professionals, pharmacists, employee benefits administrators, and patient rights advocates. These professionals, regardless of their job titles or degrees, by definition, patient advocates. If you believe you have the right combination of work experience, education, credentials, and skills to assist patients and families who need health care assistance and resources, please submit your profile. Patients and their loved ones need you.
I belong to other organizations that serve Patient Advocates. Why should I get involved with Greater National Advocates?
There is simply no reason for any patient advocate, health care advocate, or aging life care professional not to become a member of GNANOW.ORG. First, our philosophy is to concentrate only on what we are good at… Public Awareness and Promotion. Our development team includes creative design, health communication, consumer engagement, commercial film production, and web development professionals who work alongside industry leaders who know how to achieve one and only mission of Greater National Advocates: Waking up the nation to the lifesaving benefits of independent patient advocacy. That’s why we don’t train, certify, or provide business advice to advocates. We strongly encourage all Independent Patient Advocates to maintain their memberships in organizations that train, certify, and educate. In fact, that’s one reason why GNA is free to join.
Does GNA function as a governing body for Patient Advocates?
GNA does not and will not govern advocates. We recognize that Independent Patient Advocacy is a rapidly evolving profession with credentialing and governing authorities already in place. GNA will require Patient Advocates who choose to be listed on GNA sites to subscribe to established ethical standards but GNA will not govern or dictate any aspect of the profession.
I’m the owner of a business that provides Patient Advocacy Services. Can my business be listed with GNA?
GNA intends to highlight and promote the skills and services of the individuals who serve patients and loved ones. To that end, GNA will publish the profiles of Patient Advocates but not the business entities of the advocates. If an advocate works for a business that provides Patient Advocacy services, they can be listed in the GNA directory and designate their business affiliations. But GNA will not be promoting advocacy businesses or firms in the directory – just the Patient Advocates themselves.