CPP was founded in 2000 on the belief that to improve health care quality, patient-provider interaction must improve, and health care systems can either support or impede that partnership.
Martha “Meg” Gaines, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, survived cancer and transformed her own self-advocacy experience into a model for consumer-centered patient advocacy. Initially, she worked with a handful of cancer patients referred to her by her oncologist. She quickly recognized the potential for this type of advocacy experience to prepare graduate and professional students to learn patient-centered practice.
Working with colleagues from medicine, nursing, and public administration, she drew on the pedagogy of clinical legal training, and the experiential emphasis of health professional and social work training, to develop a new and as yet unique educational center.
Our logo represents a sailboat.
We envision advocacy as the vessel and the patient as the captain of the ship. As patients, we would never dream of leaving the shore without a first-rate navigator, engineer and first mate. Often, we are at the helm and days seem to pass slowly, uneventfully. However, when diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, dangerous seas loom as we face a long and billowy journey through a confusing health care system. We then need the help of our crew to reach safety. When someone else is better skilled to steer, we gladly turn over the helm and either hit the deck to help the crew or go below to seek shelter from the storm.
No matter who is at the helm, the patient is always the captain and all decisions that affect our health care journey are ours to make. We rely profoundly on the knowledge, expertise, advice and counsel of our trusted crew in reaching those decisions. The Center for Patient Partnerships exists to provide the sailboat. It helps the captains choose destinations, identify crews and plan routes that maximize the chance for a safe, efficient journey. As a part of this process, the Center trains navigators, engineers and first mates for the 21st century.
|2009||CPP receives fourth year of funding from Komen to provide Survivorship Care Planning workshops to breast cancer survivors and to develop a free, accessible, online self-advocacy curriculum for Dane County breast cancer survivors.|
|2010||Center fills new position of Director of Educational Development to lead foray into e-learning; CPP receives fifth year of Komen for the Cure funding to continue offering PlanBeyondCancer.org and AdvocacyforMe.org and develop an advocacy safety net for medically underserved breast cancer survivors in Dane County.|
|2011||Center fills new position of Director of National Initiatives; Yale Professor Mark Schlesinger joins CPP as visiting scholar while on sabbatical; CPP chosen as a voting member of the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Clinician Workgroup convened by the National Quality Forum; CPP receives sixth year of Komen for the Cure funding.|