Adequate representation in Brussels is an ultimate must for organizations that want to be heard. Through adequate advocacy programs the EFNR and its stakeholders aim to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy can include many activities that our organization undertakes including media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research. Our straights forward and very transparent lobbying efforts are a form of advocacy where a direct approach is made to legislators on an issue which plays a significant role in modern healthcare politics and standardizing medical trainings and education.Health advocacy also encompasses direct service to the individual or family as well as activities that promote health and access to health care in communities and the larger public. EFNR advocates support and promote the rights of the patient in the health care arena, help build capacity to improve community health and enhance health policy initiatives focused on available, safe and quality care. EFNR advocates are suited best to address challenge of patient-centered care in our complex healthcare system. Patient-centered care is also one of our overreaching goals of health advocacy, in addition to safer medical systems, and greater patient involvement in healthcare delivery and design.
Doctors, patient representatives, ombudsmen, educators, care managers, patient navigators and health advisers are health advocates who work in direct patient care environments, including hospitals, community health centers, long term care facilities or patient services programs of non-profit organizations. They collaborate with other health care providers to mediate conflict and facilitate positive change, and as educators and health information specialists, advocates work to empower others.In the policy arenas EFNR health advocates work for positive change in the health care system, improved access to quality care, protection and enhancement of patient’s rights from positions in government agencies, disease-specific voluntary associations, grassroots and national health policy organizations and the media.