Rebecca Kirch, JD

Health Care Quality and Value for the NPAF

Titles and Affiliations: 

  • Executive Vice President, Health Care Quality and Value for the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF)

Rebecca Kirch, JD, is Executive Vice President of Policy and Programs for the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF). As a leading health policy expert and advocate in her field, Rebecca is dedicated to advancing reforms that improve equitable access to affordable quality healthcare across the patient lifespan. Prior to joining NPAF in 2016, she served for 15 years with the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, directing quality of life and survivorship initiatives to integrate palliative care, psychosocial support and rehabilitation services with disease-directed treatment.

A frequently invited speaker on health policy, patient and care partner lived experiences and their effective engagement in research, 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, Circulation and other professional journals. She is the recipient of numerous national awards, has been featured in multiple media outlets and also serves in leadership roles on several national advisory committees and advocacy coalitions. Rebecca is a co-founder and policy adviser for Patient Advocate Foundation’s Patient Insight Institute, provides strategic leadership for PAF’s community outreach hub for health equity, and is also dedicated to volunteer service as a board member for Care Camps Foundation that supports pediatric oncology camps for children and families.