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HealthCentral Patient Advocates Offer Insights on Advocating on Capitol Hill, Beyond

Charis Hill speaks at press conference in 2017.
In 2017, Charis Hill spoke at a press conference organized by Congresswoman Doris Matsuij (D-CA) (to Charis’ right) as part of her patient advocacy work. Brian Baker
    “I'm not real big on politics so I was initially scared to do a Capitol Hill Day. However, it's a lot easier than I could ever imagine.” – Alisha Bridges, psoriasis patient advocate
    PJ Hamel, right, with Team TGIF member Patty Armstrong.
    PJ Hamel, right, with Team TGIF member Patty Armstrong, left, during a breast cancer walk in 2014. PJ founded this team as part of her breast cancer patient advocacy work. Tom McNeill
    Mike Veny TEDx Talk on Mental Illness
    Mike Veny giving a TEDx Normal talk, “Mental Illness is An Asset,” in 2015 as part of his patient advocacy. Mike Veny
    Erin L. Boyle

    Erin L. Boyle


    Erin L. Boyle, the senior editor at HealthCentral from 2016-2018, is an award-winning freelance medical writer and editor with more than 15 years’ experience. She’s traveled the world for a decade to bring the latest in medical research to doctors. Health writing is also personal for her: she has several autoimmune diseases and migraines with aura, which she writes about for HealthCentral. Learn more about her at Follow her on Twitter @ErinLBoyle.