Nancy Davenport-Ennis is one of the nation’s leading patient advocacy experts on issues related to patients’ healthcare access challenges. In 1996, she founded the Patient Advocate Foundation based in Hampton, Virginia, which provides professional case management services to millions of insured, under-insured and uninsured patients facing chronic, debilitating or life-threatening diseases. Last year, PAF managed 103,000 patient cases. PAF offers more than 20 specialized programs, and partners with other leading organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, among others. Davenport-Ennis also founded the National Patient Advocate Foundation in Washington, D.C., which strives to improve access to patient care through federal and state regulatory and public policy efforts.
Davenport-Ennis has served on the National eHealth Collaborative Board and also served on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) Committee and the National Institutes of Health’s Open Ended Working Group (OEWG). She has previously served on national commissions for the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, C-Change and One Voice Against Cancer.
Davenport-Ennis has received national awards for her advocacy efforts from Yoplait and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, US Oncology, and the Association of Community Cancer Centers. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Women in Business Achievement Award presented by Anthem and Business Week, and was honored with the 1989 Outstanding Young Woman of America Award, the Association of Community Cancer Centers Advocate of the Year Award and the U.S. Oncology Medal of Honor Award. Davenport-Ennis was also appointed to the Governor’s Commission on the Uninsured in Virginia and was named as a Paul Harris Fellow by the National Rotary Foundation.