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About Us

The idea for the formation of the Arizona Association of Patient Advocates (AAPA) began with a group of like-minded independent advocates who came together for networking. Since October 2019, this group of Arizona advocates has continued to meet at least monthly and has grown into a professional organization developed by dedicated volunteers who all have a sincere interest in educating the community, improving the healthcare experience, and advancing the profession,. In April 2021, AAPA received non-profit 501(c)(3) status as a charitable and educational organization.


AAPA members must adhere to organizational bylaws, policies, and procedures as well as the ethical standards and code of professional responsibility established by the Patient Advocate Certification Board.



Professional Members must maintain the Board Certified Patient Advocate credential. AAPA is a diverse group of professionals who work to make healthcare easier to navigate and more efficient for patients and their families. Members enjoy the many benefits that come from interesting and relevant educational experiences, networking opportunities, and professional development while supporting the progression of this growing and important profession. AAPA values collaboration, excellence, empowerment, integrity, and professionalism. AAPA hopes that you will find value in membership. Please consider joining today!

BCPA Designation

A voluntary certification founded in 2012, the BCPA credential is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who demonstrate fundamental competence in the practice of professional patient advocacy.


Through a comprehensive certification examination, rigorous professional standards, and continuing training requirements, the BCPA certification helps ensure that the patient advocate has the knowledge, experience, and integrity to provide the best possible service to their clients.

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