Join Us!

The 2019
International Conference
on Patient Advocacy

October 3 - 5 • Chicago


We’re excited to announce the first

International Conference on Patient Advocacy (ICOPA).

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Professional Patient Advocacy has been an emerging profession for more than 10 years. As the practice grows, individuals from all areas of the care continuum are realizing the true value of advocacy. Independent advocates, hospital advocates and other advocacy professionals will come together like never before.

Whether you currently work as an advocate, independently or in a health system, or you are a professional who interfaces in some other way with the healthcare system, or a patient or caregiver with keen interest in the system and how its outcomes can be improved, you are welcome to join us at our conference.

Come to meet fellow advocates; hear interesting speakers, find other professionals who can complement your practice, earn CEs, and leave with more new and rich ideas than you can imagine.

Join the excitement at this, our first-ever ICOPA!


ICOPA begins:

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2019 ICOPA Conference Schedule

Find the full Agenda here.



4 to 7:30 PM

Join us for beverages and hors d’oeuvres and some great networking. We’ll then present the movie To Err is Human, followed by a discussion of the movie.
You may earn 2 CEs for

Thursday sessions.

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8 AM to 4:30 PM

We’ll begin our morning with networking and a light breakfast.

Then the morning will bring us interesting perspectives from 9 different speakers and panelists, addressing topics that range from the future of advocacy, to working with hospitals and members of the LGBTQ community.

After lunch (included), we’ll hear an expert take the pulse of modern healthcare, psychosocial issues related to chronic disease management, and have plenty of  quality time networking time with speakers and sponsors.

You may earn up to 5 CEs

for attendance at all Friday sessions.

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8:30 AM to 1 PM

Saturday morning is designed specifically for professional advocates and healthcare workers. We will begin with an expanded continental breakfast and hear from members of the Patient Advocate Certification Board in person on its important work and early results.

After breakfast, we will move into a series of four different mini workshops where professionals will enhance their skills and gain knowledge while earning CEs.

You may earn 2 CEs

for attendance at Saturday sessions.

Learn more.

Register to Attend ICOPA!

Early Registration is available through August 31.


A huge thanks to all our amazing partners. We couldn’t have a conference without you!



Founding Sponsors:

logo - North Shore RN
logo - Patient Advocate Certification Board
logo - The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates



Silver Sponsors:

logo - Flying Angels
Greater National Advocates
logo - Case Connect

Bronze Sponsors:

logo - Comfort Keepers
logo - Assumption College
logo - Pinnacle Care
CampaignZERO logo
Oasis Senior Advisors logo
Asbury Court
RPS logo
Chicago Health Online
CSA logo
Brookdale Logo

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

We invite you to join us to share your message with interested advocacy professionals. Contact us at:

Location: The North Shore Senior Center

Northfield, Illinois (Chicago)


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North Shore Senior Center (NSSC)

Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. Campus
161 Northfield Road
Northfield, IL 60093


Free parking is available at or near the NSSC.


Places to Stay

• Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Hotel
1110 Willow Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062
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• Hilton Chicago/Northbrook
2855 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062
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• Staybridge Suites Chicago — Glenview
2600 Lehigh Ave, Glenview, IL 60026
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• Hyatt Regency Deerfield
1750 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015
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• Red Roof Inn Morton Grove
9424 Waukegan Rd, Morton Grove, IL 60053
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• Residence Inn Chicago Wilmette/Skokie
3205 Old Glenview Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091
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• DoubleTree Chicago – North Shore Conference Center
9599 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077
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Meet Your ICOPA 2019 Organizers