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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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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

The patients who need help the most are suffering while the nation remains in the dark about the lifesaving benefits of Independent Patient Advocacy.
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 the organizational structure of Greater National Advocates and how is GNA funded?
Greater National Advocates is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation and all the organization’s efforts are dedicated to promoting Independent Patient Advocacy and providing a quick and easy way for the public to find one. All the research, design, and development of GNA was self-funded. We intend to finance ongoing campaigns and directory services without imposing any financial burden on practicing Patient Advocates.
How does GNA fit in with other Patient Advocacy organizations and initiatives like APHA, NAHAC and PACB?
Think of GNA as a public-facing promotional arm for Independent Patient Advocacy that supports the profession as a whole – without infringing on the hard work that has already been done. GNA founder L. Bradley Schwartz lost his limbs to a medical misdiagnosis and made it his personal mission to prevent medical tragedies caused by health care system failures. He served on the Boards of PACB and NAHAC, meaning that GNA members will benefit from significant insight into the goals, accomplishments, and aspirations of the Independent Patient Advocacy profession. Greater National Advocates has forged honest and forward-thinking relationships with Patient Advocacy leaders to ensure cohesion and cooperation for the benefit of patients and families.
I belong to other organizations that serve Patient Advocates. Why should I get involved with GNA?
Although there are other directories, groups, and organizations for patient advocates, GNA is the only national platform designed to wake up the nation to the lifesaving benefits of Independent Patient Advocacy. That’s why we don’t offer training, certification or business advice. Our one and only goal is to raise awareness and connect the public with qualified help when it’s needed. We encourage all Independent Patient Advocates to maintain their memberships in organizations that train, certify, educate, and govern Patient Advocates. But there is really no reason for any advocate not to join GNA’s mission to raise public awareness and steer patients and loved ones toward qualified advocates who can improve care and save lives.
I’m listed on another website directory. Why should I be listed on GNAnow.org?
The GNA directory is part of our national campaign to promote Independent Patient Advocacy to the public and encourage engagement with Patient Advocacy professionals. It’s an easy-to-use tool designed specifically for patients and loved ones who are in crisis and need help. The target audience for the national directory is the general public – not advocates. As a result, GNA will focus all resources on directing our message to the people who need advocacy services.
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 standards of practice and ethical guidelines but GNA will not govern or dictate any aspect of the profession.
Does GNA certify or train Patient Advocates?
GNA does not certify, educate or train Patient Advocates. The GNA mission is to promote patient advocacy to the public and provide those in need with a fast connection to advocates capable of helping. GNA supports any and all credentialing and certification programs that enhance the ability of advocates to serve patients and families. GNA will recognize and highlight the credentials and certifications obtained by Patient Advocates but GNA is not and will not be a credentialing or certification body.
Does GNA educate Patient Advocates or provide business services for Patient Advocates?
The simple answer is no. GNA will focus on its mission – to promote Patient Advocacy to the public and provide a way for patients and families to quickly connect with qualified advocates who can help. GNA is confident that existing organizations are doing an excellent job when it comes to training advocates and helping them run their businesses. GNA would not be possible if responsible educational and training programs were not already in place for Independent Patient Advocates. As a result, GNA will focus solely on its mission and leave the training, education and credentialing to others.
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.