TakeCHARGE; 5 Steps to Safer Health Care

The TakeCHARGE Campaign is an ambitious annual public awareness campaign that has significant potential to improve patient safety by encouraging people to become informed and active participants in their healthcare team, by taking 5 Steps to Safer Healthcare!

The TakeCHARGE Campaign kicks-off with Patient Safety Awareness Week, the second week of March each year and concludes on International Patient Safety Day on September 17th.  Each month from April through August, the campaign focused on one of the five steps and reaches a wide audience.

Long after the campaign ends, Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy will continue promoting TakeCHARGE the 5 Steps to Safer Health Care all year with more educational materials, presentations, and programs, and will launch a fresh online blitz each March.  We hope you will continue to practice the 5 Steps too, and encourage your family friends, neighbors, faith community and business associates to do the same.

At the end of the "official" campaign, TakeCHARGE will continue with 5 Steps for Safer Health Care through educational material, presentations, and programs.  We hope you will continue too.

The 5 Steps to Safer Healthcare!

1.     Understand & Complete Your Advance Directives
2.    Keep a Record of Your Medical History & Current Medications
3.    Prepare for Doctor Visits / Make A List of Questions
4.    Prevent Infections / Ask Caregivers to Wash Their Hands
5.    Use an Advocate / Be an Advocate for Others

If you would like a presentation on the 5 Steps to Safer Health Care,  fill out the form, and call us to schedule the best time and date.  Schedule a Speaker

You can become part of TakeCHARGE and share this important information in your community.  Contact a Pulse represenative at 516.579.4711.

TakeCHARGE team meetings are the first Monday of each month April through September at noon Eastern Time.  To learn more or be part of this exciting venture, contact [email protected].

TakeCHARGE was made possible with a grant from:


A Listening Ear Contact: Cathy Bond, Georgia

Consumers Advancing Patient Safety Contact: Lisa Morrise

Engage Caring Solutions Contact: David Fielding, BCPA, New York

Foundation for Quality Health, Contact: Nick Locke, MPH, Washington

Greater National Advocates Contact: L. Bradley Schwartz, Illinois

HealthAdvocateX Contact: Robin Shapiro, Washington

Health Strategies Reform Contact: Alina Ngadiuba, Canada

The Joint Commission Contact: Nicole Hentges

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Contact: Robin Moulder, Senior Manager, Quality & Safety, Division of Quality & Safety

New England Patient Voices Contact: Lori Nerbonne, RN, New Hampshire

On the Marc Patient Advocacy Contact: Marc Berlin, New York

PFCC Partners Contact: Laura Jackson, California

Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy Contact: David Halperin, New York

Tennessee Health Advocates  Contact: Nicole Broadhurst BCPA Senior Patient Advocate

Washington Patient Safety Coalition Contact: Steve Levy Executive Director, Washington