Assisting public members and the health professional oversight bodies on which they serve
Citizen Advocacy Center is not affiliated with the Computer Access Center (now known as EmpowerTech), of Los Angeles, California.
Since 1987, CAC has been serving the public interest by enhancing the effectiveness and accountability of health professional oversight bodies. We offer training, research and networking opportunities for public members and for the health care regulatory, credentialing, and governing boards on which they serve.
Created as a support program for the thousands of public members serving on health professional boards as representatives of the consumer interest, CAC soon became a resource for the health professional boards themselves.
Citizen Advocacy Center's 2013 annual meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29 - 30, 2013. We will provide more information later this year.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 and 10, 2013, the Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) convened back-to-back meetings dealing with public outreach. While both meetings addressed this common theme, each was free standing, allowing prospective attendees to select just one meeting or attend both days at a discounted rate.
The agenda for April 9, 2013, covered multiple aspects of public outreach to inform the public about the significance of licensing and certification and the work done by regulatory and certifying bodies. Speakers talked about successes and challenges using various methods to reach the public: print and electronic media, targeted campaigns, speakers’ bureaus, consumer advisory committees, surveys, and so on.
On April 10, 2013, the entire day was devoted to an interactive exploration of Websites – how they can be effective in informing the public about what regulators and certifiers do and in helping consumers make knowledgeable healthcare choices and register grievances when they have them.
Findings of a Survey conducted by the Citizen Advocacy Center in July 2012.
We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Ben Shimberg* Public Service Award will be presented to Kathy Apple, CEO, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Kathy will receive the award and deliver the Ben Shimberg Memorial Lecture at a luncheon on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, during our annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.