Health Advocacy Training for Health Professionals

Moving beyond ‘advocacy for’ to ‘advocacy with’

Health Advocacy remains the most challenging CanMEDS role to define, teach and assess.

We collaborated with community members, individual patients and caregivers, physicians and trainees to co-create workshop materials and resources to help residents learn about different kinds of health advocacy that they might engage in through collaboration with community-based organizations. The resources are being adapted for students in different programs including: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and pharmacy.

Workshop materials and resources are available here

Developed with a Royal College/Associated Medical Services CanMEDS Research Development Grant from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2014).

Foundational work for this project was supported by the UBC Faculty of Medicine Special Populations Fund:

Towle A, Godolphin W, Hubinette M, Macdonald S, Hewitt C. The CanMEDS Role of Health Advocate in Postgraduate Education at UBC: Summary Report. UBC Faculty of Medicine Special Populations Fund 2013.