What is Patient Advocacy?

Advocacy is a process by an individual or group which aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions based on the express mandate given to the individual or group by those for which they are advocating e.g. Save Your Skin Foundation advocates for melanoma and skin cancers of other types. Advocacy can include many activities including media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research or government relations and meetings. Lobbying (often by lobby groups) is a form of paid advocacy where a direct approach is made to legislators on an issue which plays a significant role in modern politics and is done on behalf of an organization that will receive direct financial benefit from the intervention. Paid lobbyists are required to register with the federal government.
Save Your Skin Foundation feels that any of the above forms of action are the method by which patients and their caregivers represent themselves directly or through their patient representatives. We are patient representatives – we represent the needs of patients across Canada, and we help patients to represent themselves.


Patient Advocacy = Patient Representation

May 2017 – Save Your Skin Foundation introduced in the House of Commons, Ottawa, Canada. Kathy Barnard with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health Joël Lightbound , Official Opposition Critic for Health Dr. Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament Mark Warawa.

“Who Are You Surviving For” Program: Write to your MLA/MPP and Health Minister


We urge you to consider writing to your Federal Health Minister and we have included a template letter for you to download and use.

We also urge you to write to your local government representative to convey a similar request for support. We have also included this template letter, as well as links to each Province’s contacts, making it easy to find out who your local representatives are.


Government MPs, MLAs and Health Ministers by Province/Territory:

Nova Scotia:

MPs: https://goo.gl/aBBm8I
MLAs: http://bit.ly/2OyawQ3

Health Minister: Hon. Randy Delorey – http://bit.ly/2OB3UjQ


New Brunswick:

MPs: https://goo.gl/vH3Qq2

MLAs: http://bit.ly/2MqebwF

Health Minister: Hon. Hugh Flemming – http://bit.ly/2LZH1EU


Prince Edward Island:

MPs: https://goo.gl/FXY4hn

MLAs: http://bit.ly/2ATZDQB

Health Minister: Hon. James Aylward – http://bit.ly/2B9gtuZ


Newfoundland and Labrador:

MPs: https://goo.gl/yyy83O

MLAs: http://bit.ly/2M4ozLH

Health Minister: Hon. Dr. Robert Haggie – https://goo.gl/HVP8Jy



MPs: http://bit.ly/322zURU

MNAs: http://bit.ly/2ATCVYP

Health Minister: Hon. Danielle McCann: http://bit.ly/33jI8Fr



MPs:  http://bit.ly/2Vthual

MPPs: http://bit.ly/3118omr

Health Minister:  Hon. Christine Elliott – http://bit.ly/2AZSb6t



MPs: http://bit.ly/35pdz38

MLAs: http://bit.ly/30ZzjiC

Health Minister: Hon. Cameron Friesen – http://bit.ly/2IDo5K5


MPs: http://bit.ly/2M0LvLx

MLAs: http://bit.ly/2p8o7Tg

Health Minister:  Hon. Jim Reiter – https://goo.gl/PI1qa6



MPs:  http://bit.ly/2Mqkctf

MLAs:  http://bit.ly/2B9mOXj

Health Minister: Hon. Tyler Shandro – http://bit.ly/2oh99KV


British Columbia:

MPs: http://bit.ly/2Mxjme2

MLAs: http://bit.ly/2osPSpN

Health Minister: Hon. Adrian Dix – https://goo.gl/48R24C


MP: https://goo.gl/idFVSU

MLAs: http://bit.ly/2AZZWJr

Health Minister: Pauline Frost – http://bit.ly/2MxjZEq


Northwest Territories:

MP: https://goo.gl/4Jb7YD

MLAs: https://goo.gl/Uswwlu

Health Minister: Hon. Glen Abernethy – http://bit.ly/2osxRbb



MP: https://goo.gl/bDOMIu

MLAs: https://goo.gl/6C90Pr

Minister of Health: Hon. George Hickes – https://goo.gl/gjbEVp


Minister of Health: Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor – http://bit.ly/2AWxE2L

Together we can make a difference

Making awareness and education available is crucial. Since 2006, the Foundation has worked to raise awareness of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers focusing on education, prevention and the need for improved patient care.

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