Rebecca A. Kirch, J.D.
4709 Blagden Terr NW Washington, DC, 20011
Rebecca Kirch is Executive Vice President of Healthcare Quality and Value for the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF), the advocacy affiliate of the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF). In this role, she provides strategic focus and leadership in bringing the millions of patient and family voices these two organizations represent to the forefront of national health care quality improvement efforts. As a leading health policy expert and advocate in her field, Rebecca is dedicated to improving quality of life and the quality of care for all adults, infants, children and families confronting serious illness.
Rebecca joined NPAF in April 2016, previously serving 15 years with the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). As the Society’s first Director of Quality of Life and Survivorship, she orchestrated development of its national agenda addressing pain, symptoms and distress experienced by patients, survivors, and caregivers, creating collaborative initiatives in research, programs and advocacy for integrated palliative, psychosocial, and rehabilitation services, as well as enhanced clinical communication skills. Kirch also played a leading role in planning and executing the Institute of Medicine and American Cancer Society 2015 joint workshop on “Comprehensive Cancer Care for Children and Families.”
A frequently invited speaker on the patient and family experience, priorities of person-centered care, and quality improvement practices that promote goal-directed care, Rebecca has authored numerous articles and book chapters, including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, JAMA Oncology, Health Affairs, and other professional journals. She has been featured in multiple media outlets and also serves in leadership roles with several advocacy coalitions. Rebecca’s recognition’s include:
• American Psychosocial Oncology Society Distinguished Public Service Award 2015
• American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Presidential Citation 2015
• Center to Advance Palliative Care Innovation Award 2013
• American Academy of Pain Management Legislative Policy and Advocacy Award 2008
• American Pain Foundation Presidential Citation 2008
Earlier in her career, she served on ACS CAN’s senior leadership team as Associate Director of Policy, Deputy Director of its federal lobbying team, and Project Director for the National Cancer Legislation Advisory Committee. Prior to that, she practiced law at two firms in New York State. She has a law degree from Boston College Law School and an undergraduate degree in Biology from Wells College. Rebecca is based in Washington, DC, where she lives with her husband and two sons.