Rebecca Kirch, JD
National Patient Advocate Foundation
Rebecca Kirch, JD, is Executive Vice President of Policy and Programs for the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF). As a leading health policy expert and advocate in her field, Rebecca is dedicated to advancing person-centered policies and practices that promote equitable patient access to affordable quality care across the lifespan. Prior to joining NPAF in 2016, she served for 15 years with the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, directing quality of life and survivorship initiatives to integrate palliative care, psychosocial support and rehabilitation services with disease-directed treatment.
A frequently invited speaker on patient and care partner experience and engagement, Rebecca has authored numerous articles and book chapters, including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, JAMA Oncology, Health Affairs, Circulation and other professional journals. She is the recipient of numerous national awards, has been featured in multiple media outlets and also serves in leadership roles on several stakeholder advisory committees and advocacy coalitions. She is a co-founder and policy adviser for Patient Advocate Foundation’s Patient Insight Institute and is also dedicated to volunteer service as a board member for Care Camps Foundation that supports pediatric oncology camps for children and families.