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Join us and become a TakeCHARGE Ambassador!

TakeCHARGE: 5 Steps to Safer Health Care

The TakeCHARGE Campaign is an annual public awareness initiative aimed at enhancing patient safety by empowering individuals to actively engage in their healthcare. By following the 5 Steps to Safer Health Care, people can become informed participants in their healthcare team.

Kicking off during Patient Safety Awareness Week, the second week of March, and culminating on International Patient Safety Day on September 17th, the campaign focuses on one of the five steps each month from April through August. This outreach continues throughout the year with additional educational materials, presentations, and programs provided by Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy.

The 5 Steps to Safer Healthcare are:

1. Understand & Complete Your Advance Directives
2. Keep a Record of Your Medical History & Current Medications
3. Prepare for Doctor Visits / Make A List of Questions
4. Prevent Infections / Ask Caregivers to Wash Their Hands
5. Use an Advocate / Be an Advocate for Others

If you're interested in learning more about these steps, you can play an active role by sharing this vital information in your community. To get involved or schedule a presentation, contact a Pulse representative at 516.579.4711.

June: Step 3! Click here to see media release!

TakeCHARGE was made possible with a grant from:





Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy
and the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund

Thank You to Our Founding Partners!

Consumers Advancing Patient Safety  Lisa Morrise
Engage Caring Solutions  David Fielding, MPH, BCPA, New York
Foundation for Quality Health  Nick Locke, MPH, Washington
Greater National Advocates  L. Bradley Schwartz, Illinois
HealthAdvocateX  Robin Shapiro, Washington
Health Strategies Reform Alina Ngadiuba, Canada
The Joint Commission Nicole Hentges
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Robin Moulder, Senior Manager, Quality & Safety, Division of Quality & Safety
New England Patient Voices  Lori Nerbonne, RN, New Hampshire
On the Marc Advocacy  Marc Berlin, New York
PFCC Partners Laura Jackson, California
Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy David Halperin, New York
Tennessee Health Advocates Nicole Broadhurst BCPA Senior Patient Advocate
Washington Patient Safety Coalition Steve Levy Executive Director, Washington





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