Ilene Corina has worked extensively with diverse groups as their advocate and holds focus groups to learn the needs of specific populations as it relates to their care while hospitalized. As part of her project with the American Hospital Association / National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Leadership Training, Corina developed an independent Patient Safety Advisory Council where she studies the care and treatment of diverse patient populations and reports the findings using their words and experiences.
The primary objective of this council is to learn, from the grassroots level, what involved community leaders feel is needed to address patient safety. Additionally, as participants of the council they will be able to acquire knowledge and tools to pass on to their constituents in order to fulfill the following goals:
1) Patients will be better prepared to advocate for themselves and their family members,
2) Health literacy and communication between the community and local health systems will be improved,
3) Lessons learned will be passed on to improve patient safety in local healthcare settings.