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Sarah Lawrence College Offers Master’s Program in Health Advocacy
Story Number is : 030817101
Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville, NY - At a time when uncertainly over the Affordable Care Act has put a spotlight on healthcare, Sarah Lawrence College this week announced that it is offering a new low-residency master’s degree program in Health Advocacy.

The accelerated, 18-month program, which will start in June, is designed to appeal to professionals in the health field or those interested in entering it who are seeking to have a role in improving health and our health care system. Sarah Lawrence’s health advocacy program established in 1980 was the first to offer a master’s degree in the field.

The series of twelve, courses will begin in June with an intensive 2-week on campus program followed by a combination of distance learning and on campus classes.
Gloria Escobar-Chaparro, Acting Director of the Health Advocacy Program, said that when Sarah Lawrence first established the program nearly 40 years ago it focused mainly on preparing patient advocates, but that the burgeoning healthcare field has provided many new opportunities for those interested in health advocacy. From palliative care to reproductive rights to aging and the effects of trauma and violence, health issues touch on so many areas, she said.

“The field has broadened so much in recent years. With the heighted awareness of issues that affect health and the anxiety over changes in our healthcare laws, health advocacy is a dynamic and growing field that offers opportunities to people at all career stages,’’ said Escobar-Chaparro.

Escobar-Chaparro said that the college is now offering a low-residency format to make education more accessible to people outside the New York area and to working professionals.

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