The Patient’s Voice
“Alicia Cole has become one of the foremost effective patient advocates in the nation. She is a very passionate speaker who can both relate to and motivate an audience regarding the importance of providing safe patient care.”
Kevin Kavanagh, Board Chairman at Health Watch USA
Hospitals * Nursing Schools * Law Schools * Patient Organizations * Residency Programs * Advocacy Groups * Medical Schools * Associations Government Agencies * Think Tanks * Women’s Groups * High Schools * Legislators * Policy Makers * Non-Profits * have all requested Alicia!
Many healthcare professionals speak on the importance of patient safety, evidence-based best practices, and patient-centered care. None speak from the unique first-person Survivor perspective as does Alicia Cole. Coupled with her experience as a public speaker and successful corporate spokesperson, Alicia’s two month hospitalization, six additional surgeries, near amputation of her leg and the resulting nine years of aftercare, treatments and rehabilitation have certified Alicia as a true ‘Patient Voice.’ Her multimedia presentations address issues ranging from engaging patients and families to depression and thriving after adversity.
What Patients Really Want Collaborative Communication Quality and Compliance
Care of the Caregiver Healthcare-Associated Infections Preventing Harm Across the Board
Transforming Culture True Patient Engagement The Wonders of Wound Care
Technology & Patient Engagement Prepared Patients Patient Safety
Attitude, Faith & Healing Transparency & Disclosure Advocating for Yourself & Others
Systems Thinking for Better Outcomes Partnering With Patients Necrotizing Fasciitis & Sepsis
Becoming An Advocate Life After Medical Error Social Media for Advocates
Safety Is In The Details Diversity In Healthcare Matters Adverse Events and Depression
Medical Malpractice Surviving Long-Term Illness Thinking Outside the Traditional Treatment Box
Resources for Patients & Caregivers History of African-Americans in Healthcare Public Speaking for Advocates
“Alicia is an articulate patient safety advocate whose personal story is powerful and compelling. I have heard her engage diverse audiences around both the importance and the ability of healthcare providers to improve delivery of care. Her critical message includes the need to make certain clinical behaviors are evidence based, and to listen to the patient and actively involve them in the care team.”
~Chris Goeschel, ScD MPA MPS RN FAAN, Assistant Vice President, Quality at MedStar Health
Some of Alicia’s Activities Include:
Post-Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management & Leadership, UCLA School of Public Health and UCLA Extension
Co-Lead Vulnerable Patient Populations Working Group, CMS/ Partnership for Patients
Patient & Family Advisory Counsel, The Beryl Institute
Co-Sponsored and lobbied for passage of SB 158 and SB 1058, “Nile’s Law”
Voting Member of the California Dept. of Public Health’s HAI-Program Advisory Committee
Member of the Wyoming Infection Prevention Advisory Group (WIPAG)
Patient Activist with Consumers Union Safe Patient Project
Member of California Safe Patient Network
Senior Advisor for the Patient Voice Institute
Today Alicia shares her story with healthcare professionals and medical students everywhere. Her incredible journey has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, The Doctors, the Ask Dr. Nandi Show and Fox News. She has been the profiled in HEALTH Magazine, Consumer Reports, HEALTH Leaders Media and the LA Times among many others. From the depths of her healthcare tragedy, Alicia has risen like a Phoenix to become a tireless advocate for patient safety.
To see videos and additional information visit Alicia’s Patient-Story page.