Denver Patient Safety Expert Appointed to AHRQ National Advisory Council

Patty Skolnik will serve a three-year term as a public member of the Council
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DENVER - April 21, 2014 - PRLog -- Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO) congratulates Patty Skolnik on her appointment to the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)’s National Advisory Council (NAC).  Ms. Skolnik is the Founder and Director of Citizens for Patient Safety (, a family support program of ACCO that works for better healthcare outcomes.  She spearheaded passage of the Michael J. Skolnik Medical Transparency Act ( that provides Coloradans online access to professional information about 49 types of healthcare provider.

Ms. Skolnik is one of seven new council members joining the NAC (, which met on April 4 at AHRQ headquarters in Rockville, MD. The 21-member panel is comprised of private-sector experts whose input guides AHRQ’s research to address improvements in the quality, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of clinical practice.

The American Health Quality Association (AHQA), which represents Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) working to advance the quality of health care across the nation, nominated Ms. Skolnik.  According to AHQA Executive Director Todd Ketch, “Ms. Skolnik is a true advocate for patients and families and will undoubtedly bring her passion and patient perspective to the Council.”

Ms. Skolnik is an advocate for shared decision-making, informed consent as a continual process, and dignity and respect as the basis for patient/provider relationships. Through CPS, she provides training for consumers and continuing education for healthcare professionals.  “I hope that my participation on the Council can help shift the needs of patients and families to Priority One as improvements to clinical healthcare are considered at AHRQ,” Ms. Skolnik shared, deeply honored to accept the nomination.

About Citizens for Patient Safety (CPS)
Patty and David Skolnik made a promise to their son Michael when he passed away to leave healthcare better than he found it.  CPS is that promise in action.    @SkolnikPatty (

About Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO)
Founded in 1946, Ability Connection Colorado (formerly known as CP of Colorado) is a nonprofit organization serving 40,000 people with disabilities and challenges annually through innovative and inclusive programs in education, employment and family support.    @AbilityColorado (

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