Featured Profile: Alicia Cole, Actress, Speaker & Patient Safety Advocate
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Alicia Cole is a sought after Public Speaker and Patient Safety Consultant presenting Keynote addresses and facilitating workshops nationwide. After narrowly surviving near-fatal Sepsis and Necrotizing Fasciitis, following routine fibroid removal, Alicia co-sponsored and lobbied successfully for passage of two California laws for Infection Prevention Education and Public Reporting of hospital infection rates. She now serves on the California Department of Public Health’s Hospital-Associated Infection Advisory Committee and the Wyoming Infection Prevention Advisory Group
Alicia’s six surgeries, near amputation of her leg, two month hospital stay and eight years of weekly rehabilitation and medical aftercare, have provided unmatched clinical experience for her passionate advocacy work. The former Ohio State Communications Major also returned to school between doctor appointments to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management & Leadership from UCLA School of Public Health and UCLA Extension.
Alicia was recently recognized by the Caregiver Action Network as one of the Nation’s “25 Best Practices in Patient and Family Engagement.”
Nationally, Alicia has worked with the Department of Health & Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the National Quality Forum. She was a Co-lead for the Partnership for Patients, Vulnerable Patient Populations Working Group and serves on the Global Patient & Family Advisory Board of the Beryl Institute.
Alicia’s work and story have been featured on ABC’s 20/20, The Doctors, Ask Dr. Nandi, CBS & Fox News and TeleMundo. She has also been profiled in HEALTH Magazine, Consumer Reports, US News & World Reports, HealthLeaders Media and the Los Angeles Times. Alicia has presented before World Health Care Congress, Cleveland Clinic, Health policy makers, nursing programs, hospitals and many others nationwide in her quest to improve care and save lives.