Patient Advisor FAQ’s

Is being a patient and family advisor right for you?

Patient/Family Advisors are a critical part of improving patient care at Henry Ford. If you are passionate about sharing your opinions and feedback (both positive and negative) being a patient/family advisor might be a good fit for you. Apply today!

Patient/Family Advisor Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a computer to be a Patient Advisor?

It is not a requirement if you are an In-person advisor, however, if you are assigned to be an E-Advisor, it is required that you have access to a computer and internet to be able to correspond with us.

What is the compensation?

Compensation will vary based on the project you are assigned to. Please contact your Patient Advisor Coordinator for further information.

How can I opt out?

If you would not like to be a part of the Patient Advisor opportunity and would not like to be contacted any more regarding this, please email us at [email protected].

Additional Patient Advisor Questions


  • How do volunteers benefit from serving as an advisor?
    Our patient/family advisors learn about current issues in health care delivery and use their unique perspective as patients and/or family members of patients to improve the care we provide at Henry Ford. They also meet new people, expand their social networks and partner with health care professionals to make a difference for current and future patients.
  • What skills do I need to be a Patient Advisor?
    To be a Patient Advisor you do not need to have any formal degree or training or special skills. All we ask is that you have experience in having been a patient.
  • Do I have to be a Henry Ford Health patient to be a Patient Advisor?
    No, you do not have to be or have been a patient of Henry Ford Health to be an Advisor with us.
  • How do volunteers benefit from serving as an advisor?
    Our patient/family advisors learn about current issues in health care delivery and use their unique perspective as patients and/or family members of patients to improve the care we provide at Henry Ford. They also meet new people, expand their social networks and partner with health care professionals to make a difference for current and future patients.
  • What skills do I need to be a Patient Advisor?
    To be a Patient Advisor you do not need to have any formal degree or training or special skills. All we ask is that you have experience in having been a patient.
  • Do I have to be a Henry Ford Health patient to be a Patient Advisor?
    No, you do not have to be or have been a patient of Henry Ford Health to be an Advisor with us.
  • Who will I be working with as a Patient Advisor? (PHS, Docs, Other Patient Advisors?)
    As a Patient Advisor, you will be working with a variety of people on your team. In addition to the researchers, there may be doctors, nurses, specialists and other people from local clinics. You may even see one of your healthcare providers in a meeting. There might be other Patient Advisors present.
  • What’s the time commitment in terms of length?
    We ask that Patient Advisors serve for a 1 year term. After that year, the Team can either renew the contract with the Patient Advisor they have been working with or opt for a new one. At that point, if the Team chooses to work with a different Advisor, you would be redirected to a different project, pending availability.
  • Are there projects available for people who would only want to commit for a short time, say a few months?
    There are a variety of projects that will come up over time. Although we ask that our Advisors serve one year terms, if you prefer to serve a shorter term, please talk to the Patient Advisor Coordinator to discuss short-term options. Please note, we cannot guarantee an opportunity will be available at that time.
  • Can I serve on more than one Project?
    We appreciate the enthusiasm to want to participate on more than one project, but we want to make sure all of our Advisors have placements before assigned second and third project placements. However, if you have a desire to work on more than one project, please let the Patient Advisor Coordinator know.
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