Advocacy Resources

Illinois Supreme Court rules only nurses can testify on standard of care for nurses.
Advanced Medical Directives
The term "Advance Directives" refers to treatment preferences and the designation of a surrogate decision- maker in the event that a person should become unable to make medical decisions on her or his own behalf. Advance directives generally fall into three categories: living will, power of attorney, and health care proxy.
AHA's Patient's Bill of Rights
Replacing the AHA's Patients' Bill of Rights, this plain language brochure informs patients about what they should expect during their hospital stay with regard to their rights and responsibilities.
Advance Medical Directive definitions
Definitions of advance medical directives
ANA in Action
ANA's Governmental Affairs webpage
Sage Crossroads
Links to the web sites of policymakers who will most likely shape the future of aging research. Find out about their positions on issues that affect research being conducted today in the laboratory and on research that will be conducted in the future.

SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
A confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United
States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

State Health Facts Online
This resource contains the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation.
Seven Steps to a Healthier America
HospitalConnect's principles and building blocks for changing the current health care system.
National Call for Health Information Technology
President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), Health Care Delivery and Information Technology (HIT) Subcommittee Draft Recommendations.
CMS Medicare Modernization Update
CMS' Chronic Care Improvement Phase I Pilot Program RFP and additional information on Disease Management in the MMA
First Annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit: A Focus on Communities
a new report from the Institute of Medicine, synthesizes the strategies and action plans developed by a diverse array of national and community health care leaders at a summit on improving the quality of care convened Jan. 6-7 by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Participants at the first annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit discussed strategies for improving patient care and offered specific guidance at both the community and national levels for overcoming the challenges that hamper achieving high-quality care provision and the patient-centered health care system envisioned in the landmark 2001 IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century.