Patient Ambassadors

Patient Ambassador John Carter and Martin Wienshienk meet with Senator Risch (ID).

What is a Patient Ambassador?

A Patient Ambassador is a person with kidney disease or family member who volunteers to represent DPC by being a leader in their community and local dialysis facility. One of your primary responsibilities will be to provide dialysis patients with the education, access and confidence to be their own advocates. Click here to join today!

 

Why should I be a Patient Ambassador?

You want opportunities to make a significant difference in the lives of all dialysis patients by representing DPC and ensuring that your voice and the voices of other pre­dialysis and dialysis patients are heard!

 

How does the program work?

  • Every odd numbered month, you will receive a packet of materials. Every two month period, we work on one major policy area, such as transplantation, awareness, or dialysis funding.
  • We provide you with instructions and resources for all the different actions you can take. Actions include everything from writing a letter to inviting your member of Congress to your facility.
  • Throughout the year, we hold telephone conference calls with Ambassadors from across the country.
    • Policy Update Calls: We hold a call every odd numbered month to educate you on the issue we are working on. We will bring in top government affairs and industry professionals to present to the Ambassadors and you will be able to ask them any questions you might have.
    • Ambassadors Coordinating Together (ACT) Calls: Every even numbered month, we hold a call to let you talk to your fellow Ambassadors about your successes and difficulties in taking action. 
    • Patient Ambassador Leadership Seminar (PALS) Calls: These are optional, quarterly calls that only serve to enrich you as an advocate.
  • After the two month period is over, you will report on your actions. Reporting can be done with a paper reporting form in the mail, over the phone, or using our online form.
  • For every action you take, you will earn points that we will look at when determining who we fly to Washington, DC for our annual fly-in. We will also recognize our most active Ambassadors every year.
  • Once you join the program, we will provide you with an orientation to go over the ins and outs of the program in detail. Even after the orientation, we are always available to help and support you with whatever you want to do as an ambassador. 

 

What are the benefits of serving as a Patient Ambassador?

  • Recognition as a leader in your community.
  • Potential to visit Washington, D.C. for Washington D.C. Advocacy Days (all expenses covered by DPC)
  • Potential visits to your state house to participate in State Advocacy Days (all expenses covered by DPC)
  • Monthly educational and strategy conference calls, including insider’s reports on political and legislative developments in our nation’s capital and opportunities to share best practices with fellow Ambassadors

 


What are the expectations and responsibilities of a Patient Ambassador?

We will provide you with a wide range of opportunities. If you are assisted in making a difference, we are here to help you with whatever you want to do. DPC provides all the training, tools, materials and support you need to:

  • Build a Relationship with your Legislators
    • Contact your Members’ Washington offices
    • Respond to DPC Action Alerts and distribute them to other patients and families
    • Invite your members of Congress and/or district staff to visit your dialysis facility
  • Educate Fellow Patients and Members of your Community
    • Distribute articles and other educational materials to the patients in your clinic and be prepared to answer non-medical questions
    • Educate your community on kidney disease
  • Recruit new DPC members and mobilize patients to advocate for their care
    • Encourage other patients in your facility and community to join DPC
    • Recruit new Patient Ambassadors
 

Qualifications

Patient Ambassadors must be current dialysis patients, pre­dialysis patients or family members, interested in acting on behalf of dialysis and pre­dialysis patients to improve the quality of life for all patients.

 

Join today!