My name is Marc Berlin and I’m from Long Island, New York. I was born with cerebral palsy. For me, my condition was certainly not a disadvantage, rather quite the opposite. My compassion, empathy, drive, and core values help me to provide a deeper, more compassionate level of care. Enduring over twenty surgical procedures in my early years gave me insight into our medical system. My understanding, compassion, and care for those with disabilities comes from a place of empathy and relatability. While my condition may restrict some of my activities at times, it has also fueled my desire and determination to succeed in life against the odds!
My professional background is in human resources, health administration and advocacy for seniors and people with disabilities. My personal, educational and professional experience has made me well-suited to share my expertise. I earned my BSBA degree in Business Administration in Human Resources from The American University in 1992, and earned my Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. in 1996. In 2019, I completed training in Family Centered Patient Advocacy via PULSE Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy. In 2020, I completed training as a Take Charge Campaign Ambassador via Take Charge 5 Steps to Safer Health Care
The true inspiration for my interest in patient advocacy was my mother. In helping others navigate the healthcare system, I honor her memory. In December, 2015, my mother developed a glioblastoma (GBM) Grade 4, the most devastating kind of brain cancer, which is usually terminal within 18 months. Once my mother was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, I knew it was my mission to help serve and advocate for so many that need my assistance.
As a Patient Care Advocate, I assist individual senior citizens and adults with developmenmtal and intellectual disabilities to obtain all of the services needed for them to live independently and age in place. By helping others navigate the healthcare system, my mission is now to serve and advocate for those needing, and in some cases not having assistance. My goal as a patient advocate is to enhance the quality of a patient’s healthcare and make the process of navigating the journey through the system easier. The aim to provide good help, to ensure good health.