A Mother’s Pain Into Purpose. A Journey Towards Advocacy

Deirdre Gilberts is a patient’s rights advocate, author, entrepreneur, and writer. She serves as founder and National Director of the National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association, created in 2011 due to her daughter Jocelyn’s death by medical error. Deirdre activates high standards of ethics and morality to ensure non-abuse of the powers entrusted to the medical profession by the American people.

The repeated refusal to take constitutional safeguards that protect individuals from immoral equality has been the defining reason for her running for Governor of Texas. Born and raised in Houston, she has earned her M.A. in Educational Administration and B.S. in Political Science and Mass Communication from Prairie View A&M University.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Development and charge of the National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association
  • Beloved Jocelyn Y. Dickson’s story of medical error
  • Misinformation of the Tort Reform bill
  • Advice to patients and families who are victims of medical error
  • Advice to providers to engage patients and address medical negligence

In this episode…

The National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association (NMMAA) is a nonprofit organization whose work centers around education and activism throughout the US. NMMAA was created for citizens of the state, beginning in Texas, who were harmed by medical error. Before its development, there was no organization anywhere on behalf of the patient.

Deirdre shares the story of perseverance that kept her daughter with CHARGE Syndrome alive for 22 years and the tragedy that took her life as written in her memoir “Momma Please Help Me,” entitled with Jocelyn’s final words. To date, not enough attention has been brought to the issue of medical error and negligence. Practitioners are urged to do no harm and to speak out against systemic and individual incidents of negligence.

In this episode of the Patient Partner Innovation Community podcast, Desiree Bradley is joined by Deirdre Gilbert, National Director of the NMMAA in Missouri City, TX, to discuss her personal and professional insights into the prevalence of medical error and negligence.

Resources Mentioned in this episode

  • National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association –
  • Consumer Watchdog –
  • Jocelyn Y. Dickson Foundation –

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