Health Advocacy Program
We're helping connect patients to services that will help support basic needs in addition to addressing their health needs.
Health Advocacy Program (HAP) is an initiative that helps meet the social and economic needs of patients from the Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) Community Practices at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–17th Street.
HAP trains college students to become health advocates and connects patients to services that will meet the basic needs that affect their health outcomes. Some of these outcomes include:
Internships are being established with local colleges so students can receive college credits for volunteering.
HAP’s health advocates meet patients’ basic needs, such as food, housing, clothing and transportation, to help improve patients’ social and economic needs that affect health outcomes. This allows increased understanding of the challenges people with low incomes face in getting or keeping healthy. Learn about other initiatives and collaborations in the Department of Community Health.
Patients from the LVPG Community Practices at LVH–17th Street can receive the services.
Samantha A. Shaak
Manager – Health Research & Evaluation