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Advocacy in Action: Establishing HEAL (Holisitic Enrichment of Adult Living) -Companion Care and Patient Advocacy Services. Bryn Mawr, PA

Arlene D. Houldin, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, ACHPN
Executive Director, HEAL (Holistic Enrichment of Adult Living)
Associate Professor Emerita of Psychosocial Nursing-School of Nursing. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


ArleneDr. Houldin is the founder and Executive Director of HEAL. Dr. Houldin’s passion and commitment to provide holistic home care came from her experiences with the obstacles that both her patients and family members faced in finding high quality, coordinated, compassionate care. Dr. Houldin is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania (BSN, MSN) and Temple University (PhD). In her most recent position, Dr. Houldin was the Nursing Director of Palliative Care Services at Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

For the past 20 years, she was a member of the Standing Faculty, Clinician-Educator, at University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. While at Penn, Dr. Houldin directed the Adult Oncology Nurse Practitioner Program and served as Psycho-oncology Consultant to the Abramson Cancer Center. Currently, Dr. Houldin is an Associate Professor Emerita of Psychosocial Oncology Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. She holds National Board Certifications as an Advanced Certified Hospice- Palliative Care Nurse and as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Houldin is a member of NAPGCM (National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers). NAPGCM is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance professional geriatric care management and maintain high quality standards for excellence in practice. Dr. Houldin is an Associate Geriatric Care Manager. A Geriatric Care Manager is a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide, advocate, and resource for families caring for older relatives and persons with disabilities.


This show will address the following issues, challenges, stories, solutions

  • Define Advocacy (Distinguish the Unique Role of Nursing Advocacy)
  • Rationale for the Advocacy Role
  • Describe Responsibilities of Nurse Advocates
  • Review Advocacy Needs of Patients (Provide Practical tips)
  • Discuss Patients’ Rights and Responsibilities for Advocacy

3 Key Points:

  1. Companion care allows people to remain at home.
  2. Home based advocacy coaches patients and families on how to successfully navigate doctor visits and the healthcare system.
  3. Advocacy empowers patients and families to execute on plans of care and fosters independence.


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