United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA) is the leading organization proactively advocating on behalf of all people living with an ostomy or continent diversion in the United States.
One form of advocacy that people may be familiar with is that of professional “patient advocates”. These advocates provide individualized services such as navigating the complex healthcare system including quality of care complaints, assisting patients with making difficult medical decisions, and helping with medical bills and insurance denials/appeals. UOAA is unable to be a personal “patient advocate” for each person with an issue.
However, when we say we “advocate for people who have had ostomy surgery” we accomplish this on a large-scale as the voice of our community through our Advocacy Agenda. This agenda is grounded in the core values that form UOAA’s vision: A society where people with ostomies or continent diversions are universally accepted and supported socially, economically, medically, and psychologically.