Guide to the Health Advocacy Program Records
RG 3.5.1

Summary Information

Repository
Sarah Lawrence College Archives
Creator
Sarah Lawrence College. Health Advocacy Program.
Title
Health Advocacy Program Records
ID
RG 3.5.1
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1989-1998
Date [inclusive]
1979-present
Extent
2.5 linear feet 2 record cartons, 1 document box, digital objects
Language

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Sarah Lawrence College Archives April 2012

Sarah Lawrence College Archives
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708
914-395-2480
archives@sarahlawrence.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Administrative records are closed for 20 years from the date of creation. Partially restricted or restricted folders are labeled as such and are usually restricted for 75 years from the date of creation or death of the individual(s) mentioned. See Archivist for further information.

Processing information

Processed in April 2012 by Sarah Pinard.

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Historical note

The Health Advocacy Program was founded in 1980 by Joan Marks ‘51. This program was the first of its kind in the nation and trained professionals to be liaisons between patients and the healthcare system. It was initially funded in part by the J.M., Helena Rubinstein, and Florence V. Burden Foundations. In the beginning, coursework was completed in three semesters and has always included intensive fieldwork outside the classroom. Current students typically complete their degrees after four semesters and one summer. The program was originally directed by Joan Marks in conjunction with Ruth Ravich of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center. The program’s faculty was, and continues to be, composed of outside professionals who work in psychology, healthcare, health law, ethics, and economics, as well as Sarah Lawrence College faculty from all disciplines.

Program Directors
1980-1998Joan Marks, co-director
1980-1986Ruth Ravich, co-director
1998-2007Marsha Hurst, director
2007-2009Laura Weil, interim director
2010-2011Laura Weil, director
2011-presentVicki Breitbart, director
Assistant Directors
1980-1985Elinor Miller, assistant director
1985-1989Jael Noam Zickel, assistant director
1989-1993Susan Guma, assistant director
1993-1998Eva Taben, assistant director

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of advisory board reports, material relating to grants and other funding sources, administrative correspondence, meeting minutes, fieldwork placement documentation, curricular material, program, flyers, and correspondence related to Health Advocacy Program activities and events, as well as reference sources in the form of clippings, newsletters, and press releases. Photographs of classes and program-sponsored events have been rehoused in the Photograph Collection. There are a significant number of audiocassette tape recordings of conferences, classes, and lectures. Many of these recordings are from the Health Advocates in Research Conference, held in 2005. These recordings are listed in the appendix to this finding aid.

The bulk of the records date from 1967 to 1999. Records dating before 1968 are mostly brochures and reference materials.

The majority of these records were created by daily administrative functions. These materials include the directors’ correspondence, committee and advisory board reports, and documents related to funding. This also includes faculty meeting minutes, curricular material, and document in the Open House folders. Flyers, programs, and other ephemera are products of conferences, workshops, and lectures held on campus and sponsored by the Health Advocacy Program.

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Series Description

The records are organized in nine series:

  1. Administrative Files
  2. Directors and Administrators
  3. Faculty
  4. Students and Alumni
  5. Curriculum
  6. Program Activities and Events
  7. Reference
  8. Audiovisual
  9. Photographs

Series I. Administrative Files

This series is arranged in alphabetical order. In 1991 the College applied for and received funding from the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute to develop and run a series of educational workshops on HIV/AIDS. Nine one-day and five two-day workshops were designed and offered over a six month grant period. Brochures, administrative correspondence, reports, New York State material for all seminars and workshops conducted by Sarah Lawrence College with support from the AIDS Institute are located in this series.

This series also houses administrative papers that document the accreditation and certification of the Health Advocacy Program, documents created by the Advisory Board, and administrative correspondence, contracts, and forms for fieldwork placement sites.

Series II. Directors and Administrators

This series is arranged alphabetically by last name. The correspondence in the folders is both internal, external, and to students and alumni. The external correspondence includes letters about student placements and internships with site coordinators. There is also a folder of recommendation letters for students by Marsha Hurst. This folder is restricted. Also of note is a file of detailed notes taken at a conference about patient rights and attended by Marsha Hurst, circa 2000.

Series III. Faculty

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject. The majority of files in this series are from faculty and meeting retreats held between 1998 and 2004. Additional materials include a folder of correspondence from Laura Weil in her role as a faculty member in the Health Advocacy Program, and a folder of faculty lists, some of which include salary information. This folder is restricted.

Series IV. Students and Alumni

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject. Many of the folders in this series are restricted including class and student lists, documentation about fieldwork placements, and student reports. The author of the student paper, “Staff Nursing: A White Paper,” is unknown. The Questionnaire folder contains correspondence regarding the student questionnaire. The material in this series dates to 1980 through 2000, with the bulk of the material dating to the late 1980s through 1999.

Series V. Curriculum

This is a small series arranged alphabetically by subject. The series includes an overview of course descriptions that are undated, summer reading lists that were sent to students between 1982 and 2002, and material about co-requisite courses, the Cuba Study Program, and the fieldwork program. Additional correspondence about Health Advocacy II and The Politics and Economics of Health Policy courses are also located in this series. Much of the material in this series is undated. The folders for which dates are known span 1982 to 2002.

Series VI. Program Activities and Events

This series is arranged in six sub-series:

  1. Commencement
  2. Conferences and Workshops
  3. General
  4. Lectures
  5. Open House
  6. Orientation

The bulk of the material in this series is located in two sub-series: Conferences and Workshops and Open House. These sub-series, as well as the Orientation sub-series, are arranged in chronological order. The remaining sub-series are arranged in alphabetical order by subject.

Files in sub-series B. Conference and Workshops contain flyers, programs, correspondence, lists, and publicity materials for these events. Some events have more documentation than others. Of note for their quantity of material are the folders of the Veterans Administration Patient Representatives Conference and Workshops (1996-1997), and the Conference for Veterans Administration Patient Representatives (1997), as well as the Health Advocacy in Research Conference (2005). Audiocassette recordings of sessions from the Health Advocacy in Research Conference are located in the Audiovisual Collection. There are photographs and audiocassette recordings of the Childhood Asthma and the Community event (2003), and photographs from Expressions of Caregiving: Sharing Experience and Exploring Meaning (2005).

Sub-series E. Open House includes material from 1986 to 1999 with the bulk of this material dating from 1991 to 1999. In addition to containing orientation schedules and information important to new Health Advocacy students, the folders in sub-series F. Orientation also include campus-wide schedules of events, College policies, and semester and academic year calendars. This material dates from 1995 to 2003.

Series VII. Reference

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject. This is a small series containing reference material produced by the Health Advocacy Program and the College in promotion of the program. This includes program brochures and newsletters, often written by students, as well as press releases written by the College. There is also a folder of clippings about events on campus and courses offered by the Health Advocacy Program. The material in this series dates from 1980 to 2012.

Series VIII. Audiovisual

This is a series of cassette tapes. These cassettes are housed in the Audiovisual Collection. The majority of these tapes are recordings of classroom lectures and discussions. There are also recordings of conferences sponsored by the Health Advocacy Program. It is of note that there are two recordings for which print material also exists. These are: "Childhood Asthma and the Community" and "Health Advocacy in Research."

Series IX. Photographs

This is a small series of photographs. These photographs are housed in the Photograph Collection. Additional material about "Childhood Asthma and the Community," and "Communicating with Children and Adolescents with Life-Limiting Conditions" is located in the Audiovisual Collection and also in Series VI. Program Activities and Events. All photographs are in color.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • New York (State). AIDS Institute.

Genre(s)

  • Audiocassettes
  • Bulletins
  • Correspondence
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Carroll, Mary
  • Greene, Crystal
  • Hurst, Marsha
  • Marks, Joan H.
  • Mizrahi, Terry
  • Ravich, Ruth
  • Taben, Eva
  • Weil, Laura

Subject(s)

  • AIDS (Disease) - United States - Prevention
  • Patient advocacy

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Administrative Files 

Carton

Accreditation and Certification 1979-1980, 2003 

1

Admission Applications 1998-2000 

1

Advisory Board - Correspondence 1996-1998 

1

Advisory Board - Meeting 1981 

1

Advisory Board - Meeting 1988 

1

Advisory Board - Meeting 1997 

1

Advisory Board - Member List circa 1997 

1

Advisory Board - Report 1980 

1

Advisory Board - Report 1981, 1983 

1

Advisory Board - Report 1997 

1

Budget 1995 

1

Fellowships - Porrath Foundation 2003 

1

Fellowships - U.S. Department of Education Graduate and Professional Opportunities Program 1986 

1

Fieldwork Placement - Forms 2000-2001 

1

Fieldwork Placement Sites - Contracts 1991-1994, 2001 

1

Fieldwork Placement Sites - Correspondence circa 1992-2001 

1

Grants - New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute 1989 

1

Grants - New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute 1990 

1

Grants - New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute 1991 

1

Grants - New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute 1992-1993 

1

Grants - Pfizer "Health Literacy and End of Life Decisions: Consumer Understanding of Advance Directives" 2000 

1

Job Description 1998 

1

Library Resources 1998 

1

Recruitment 1997 

1

Reports - Annual 1980-1998 

1

Reports - Middle States 1997 

1

Reports - Trustees 1986 

1

Website 1998 

1

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Series II. Directors and Administrators 

Carton

Carroll, Mary - Correspondence (external) 1998-1999 

1

Carroll, Mary - Correspondence (internal) 1998 

1

Carroll, Mary - Correspondence (students and alumni) 1997-1998 

1

Greene, Crystal - Correspondence (external) 2001 

1

Hurst, Marsha - Conference Notes circa 2000 

1

Hurst, Marsha - Correspondence (external) 1998-2004 

1

Hurst, Marsha - Correspondence (internal) 1998-2001 

1

Hurst, Marsha - Correspondence (students and alumni) 1998-1999 

1

Hurst, Marsha - Recommendation Letters for Students 1999-2001 

RESTRICTED

Restricted indefinitely. See Archivist for further information.

1

Marks, Joan - Correspondence (external) 1980-1981, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1997 

1

Marks, Joan - Correspondence (internal) 1980, 1984-1985, 1994, 1996-1998 

1

Marks, Joan - Correspondence (students and alumni) 1995-1997 

1

Ravich, Ruth - Correspondence (external) 1981 

1

Taben, Eva - Correspondence (external) 1998 

1

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Series III. Faculty 

Carton

Lists 1991-1999 

RESTRICTED

Restricted indefinitely. See Archivist for further information.

1

Meetings and Retreats 1998 

1

Meetings and Retreats 1999-2000 

1

Meetings and Retreats 2000-2001 

1

Meetings and Retreats 2001-2002 

1

Meetings and Retreats 2002-2003 

1

Meetings and Retreats 2003-2004 

1

Weil, Laura - Correspondence 2000, 2002 

1

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Series IV. Students and Alumni 

Carton

Alumnae Association 1999 

1

Class Lists 1997-1998 

RESTRICTED

Restricted indefinitely. See Archivist for further information.

1

Fieldwork Placements 1993-2000 

RESTRICTED

Restricted indefinitely. See Archivist for further information.

1

Fieldwork Placements - Student Reports undated, 1984-1998 

RESTRICTED

Restricted indefinitely. See Archivist for further information.

1

Graduate Student Association Steering Committee 1999 

1

Job Descriptions 1998 

1

Lists 1980-1998 

RESTRICTED

Restricted indefinitely. See Archivist for further information.

1

Minority Students 1987-1988, 1991 

RESTRICTED

Restricted indefinitely. See Archivist for further information.

1

Questionnaire 1986 

1

Student Handbook 2012-2013 

1

Student Meetings 1999 

1

Student Paper "Staff Nursing: A White Paper" 1988 

1

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Series V. Curriculum 

Carton

Co-requisite Courses 1998-1999 

2

Course Descriptions undated 

2

Cuba Study Program 2001 

2

Fieldwork Program (I, II, III) undated 

2

Health Advocacy II 1998 

2

The Politics and Economics of Health Policy 1998 

2

Summer Reading Lists undated, 1982-2002 

2

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Series VI. Program Activities and Events 

Sub-series A. Commencement 

Carton

Commencement undated, 1998-1999 

2

Sub-series B. Conference and Workshops 

Carton

Statistical Package for the Social Sciences Lab undated 

2

Conference on Advocacy in Health Care 1984 

2

Reproductive Freedoms: A Workshop for Concerned Women and Men 1986 

2

Supervisor's Workshop 1993 

2

Supervisor's Workshop 1994 

2

Advocacy for Women's Health Across the Life Span 1996 

2

Veterans Administration Patient Representatives Conference and Workshops 1996-1997 

2

Conference for Veterans Administration Patient Representatives 1997 

2

Grant Writing Workshop 1998 

2

Mediation Workshop 1999 

2

Educating for Advocacy: Expanding Your Boundaries 1999 

2

Budgeting Workshop 2000 

2

Grant Writing Workshop 2003 

2

Childhood Asthma and the Community 2003 

2

Choosing a Health Insurance Plan Workshop 2004 

2

Health Advocacy in Research 2005 

See also

Audiovisual Collection for conference session recordings

2

Evidence Based Healthcare Workshop 2005 

2

Personal Patient Advocacy Workshop 2005 

2

An IRB Workshop - And How To and Why 2005 

2

Communicating with Patients Workshop 2005 

2

Budgeting Workshop with Diane Borst 2005 

2

An Introduction to Patient Advocate Foundation Workshop 2005 

2

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop 2005 

2

Expression of Caregiving: Sharing Experience and Exploring Meaning 2005 

2

Mediation in the Health Care Community 2005 

2

Everybody Needs a Proxy Campaign and Training Program 2005 

2

Advocacy and Genetics: Arenas of Engagement 2006 

2

Walk In My Shoes Simulation 2006 

2

Undoing Racism Training 2012 

Digital Object Available

Mediation in Healthcare Certification 2012 

Digital Object Available
Carton

Off-Campus 2003-2004, 2006 

2

Budgeting Workshop with Diane Borst 

2

Sub-series C. General 

Carton

Calendar of Events 1998-1999 

2

Capstone Presentations 2012 

2

Dinners and Parties 2001, 2004, 2007 

2

Off-Campus Events 2004-2006 

2

Readings 2006 

2

Reunion 2003 

2

Reunion 2005 

2

Seminars 2004 

2

Speakers - Correspondence 1995, 1997 

2

Theatre and Film 2003 

2

Sub-series D. Lectures 

Carton

Calendar of Lectures 1992-1998 

2

Margaret Keller Distinguished Lecturer Series 2012-2013 

Digital Object Available
2

New Pap Technology (Brown Bag Lecture by Susan Titus Glascoff '90) circa 1997-1998 

2

Lectures 1997-1999 

2

Lectures 2001-2006 

2

Sub-series E. Open House 

Carton

Open House March 1986 

2

Open House November 1991 

2

Open House March 1992 

2

Open House November 1993 

2

Open House April 1993 

2

Open House November 1993 

2

Open House March 1994 

2

Open House October 1994 

2

Open House October 1995 

2

Open House March 1996 

2

Open House May 1996 

2

Open House October 1996 

2

Open House April 1997 

2

Open House June 1997 

2

Open House November 1997 

2

Open House December 1997 

2

Open House May 1998 

2

Open House February 1999 

2

Open House March 1999 

2

Open House Surveys 1996-1997 

2

Sub-series F. Orientation 

Carton

General 1995 

2

General fall 1996 

2

General spring 1997 

2

General fall 1997 

2

General spring 1998 

2

General fall 1998 

2

General spring 1999 

2

General fall 1999 

2

General fall 2001 

2

General fall 2003 

2

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Series VII. Reference 

Carton

Alumni Magazine 1985-1988 

2
Box

Brochures undated, 1983, 1988, 1997, 1998, 2004-2005, 2009, 2011-2012 

3

Bulletins 1992-1994 

3

Bulletins 1995-1998 

3

Bulletins 1999-2003 

See also

Archived Digital Files

3

Bulletins 2004-2008, 2011-2012 

Digital Object Available
3

Bulletins - Correspondence 1997 

3

Clippings 1980, 1982, 1986-1987, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1998-2001 

3

Newsletter undated, 1985-1986, 1989, 1992 

3

Newsletter 1993-1996 

3

Press Releases 1981, 1987, 1997 

3

Publicity and Advertisement undated, 1995, 1997-1998, 2003-2006 

3

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Series VIII. Audiovisual 

Cassette

Models of Advocacy 2006 

1432

Models of Advocacy 2006 

1433

Models of Advocacy: Theories and Practice, with Laura Weil undated 

1434

Health Advocates in Research Conference, Break-Out Session (Double Yellow Group), with Alice Herb 2005 

1435

Health Advocates in Research Conference, Break-out Session, with Margaret Keller 2005 

1436

Health Advocacy II, with Jaqueline Case 1999 

1437

Health Advocates in Research Conference, Break-Out Session A.M., with E.H. Morreim 2005 

1438

Health Advocacy II, with Jane Morris 1999 

1439

Health Advocates in Research Conference, Break-Out Session P.M., with E.H. Morreim 2005 

1440

Health Advocates in Research Conference, Break-Out Session, with Terry Mizrahi 2005 

1441

Health Advocates in Research Conference, Break-Out Session, with Patricia Banta and Jane Nadel 2005 

1442

Health Advocates in Research Conference, Break-Out Session (Double Yellow Group), with Patricia Banta and Jane Nadel 2005 

1443

Childhood Asthma and the Community 2003 

1444

Childhood Asthma and the Community 2003 

1445

History of Health Care in the United States undated 

1446

Models of Advocacy: Theory and Practice 2006 

1447

Health Advocacy, with Terry Mizrahi 2001 

1448

Illness and Disability Narratives 2006 

1449

Health Care Policy 2001 

1450

Health Advocacy Class, with Margaret Keller undated 

1451

Health Advocacy II, with Lindsay Farrell 1999 

1452

Health Advocates in Research Conference, Break-Out Session A.M., with Laura Weil 2005 

1453

Health Advocates in Research Conference, Break-out Session P.M., with Constance Peterson 2005 

1454

Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign Lecture undated 

1455

Health Advocates in Research Conference, Break-Out Session A.M., with Constance Peterson 2005 

1456

Health Advocates in Research Conference, Break-Out Session P.M., with E.H. Morreim 2005 

1457

Health Care Policy, with Bruce Berg 2007 

1458

Health Advocacy II 1999 

1459

Health Advocacy Class 1999 

1460

Health Advocacy II, with Cynthia Nicholls Mead 1999 

1461

Health Advocacy II 1999 

1462

Health Advocacy Class, with Margaret Keller undated 

1463

Health Advocacy Class undated 

1464

Health Advocacy II 1999 

1465

Health Advocacy: Role and Position, with Terry Mizrahi 2001 

1466

Health Advocacy II 1999 

1467

Health Advocacy I, with guest speaker 2001 

1468

Health Advocacy II 1999 

1469

Health Advocacy I 2001 

1470

Communicating with Children and Adolescents with Life-Limiting Conditions 2003 

1471

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Series IX. Photographs 

Academic Program and Services - Graduate Studies - Health Advocacy Classes 2002, 2003, 2007 

Events - Health Advocacy Program - Childhood Asthma and the Community 2003 

Events - Health Advocacy Program - Communicating with Children and Adolescents with Life-Limiting Conditions 2003 

Events - Health Advocacy Program - Expressions of Caregiving: Sharing Experience and Exploring Meaning 2005 

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