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Nancy Davenport-Ennis

Nancy Davenport-Ennis

Founder
Chair Emerita


Nancy Davenport-Ennis, a two time breast cancer survivor, is the Founder and Chair Emerita of two organizations – Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation – both founded in 1996 to serve the needs of patients battling chronic, life threatening and debilitating illness. National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF), is a policy organization, headquartered in Washington, DC that seeks to improve access to care through regulatory and policy initiatives at the state and federal levels and Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), is a 501(c) 3 direct patient services non-profit organization, headquartered in Virginia, providing professional case management services in order to resolve patient access issues.

Throughout her 17 year career as the Chief Executive Officer of PAF and NPAF and national patient advocacy leader, Ms. Davenport-Ennis’ expertise has been sought by national and local media outlets for articles addressing access issues confronting patients reflecting the value of case management and/or legal interventions. Articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, Washington Post, The Boston Globe; Houston Chronicle, The Daily Press, The Virginian Pilot, Inside CMS, Family Circle Magazine, Parade Magazine, Readers Digest, Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine, All You, Real Simple Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Nursing Spectrum, Business Week, Hematology Oncology Times, Physicians Practice Magazine, Coping Magazine, Women and Cancer, American Family Physician Monograph on Cancer, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, CBS affiliate stations, and the Lifetime Network.

Ms. Davenport-Ennis currently serves, or in the past has served on, several national committees including an appointment by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Commissioner on the American Health Information Community (AHIC) with (HHS) serving as Co-Chair of the Consumer Empowerment Working Group for AHIC, Directors Consumer Liaison Group (DCLG) with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a voting seat on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC) at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Institute for Healthcare Optimization Advisory Board (IHO), Centers for Research on Minority Health (CRMH), Access to Quality Cancer Care Team, a committee of C-Change, One Voice Against Cancer, Virginia Governor’s Government & Regulatory Reform Task Force, Virginia Attorney General’s Regulatory and Government Reform Task Force-Healthcare Working Group, Health Information Technology Council for Virginia and the Mayor’s Committee on Medicaid and Physician Recruitment in Newport News, VA. Most recently, Ms. Davenport-Ennis was elected by the membership of the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) in February 2010 to serve as designated consumer representative on the NeHC Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Cancer Research, the Advisory Board for the Intercultural Cancer Council, external Board of Review for the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, MO, the PRR Advisory Board for Oncology Times, In-Touch, Coping and Managed Care and Cancer magazines. She has served as a Congressional witness before the Senate and House committees addressing access issues confronting patients.

In 2008, Ms. Davenport-Ennis was selected by Yoplait and >em>Susan G. Komen for the Cure as a Yoplait Champion for selflessly fighting breast cancer; as well as joining the Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) Advisory Council, a national movement to end cancer. In 2007 PAF was named one of the “Top 25 Places to Work” in Hampton Roads by Inside Business. PAF was also awarded the Distinguished Merit Citation by the Peninsula Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities in February 2008.

Ms. Davenport-Ennis is the recipient of the 2005 Women in Business Achievement Award presented by Anthem and Business Week. Ms. Davenport-Ennis 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. Ms. Davenport-Ennis was also appointed to the Governor’s Commission on the Uninsured in Virginia. Ms. Davenport-Ennis was also named as a Paul Harris Fellow by the National Rotary Foundation.

Ms. Davenport-Ennis holds a B.A. degree in English from Campbell University. She resides in Yorktown, Virginia with her husband, John H. Ennis, Jr. and has two daughters and four grandchildren.