National Expert on Federal and State Health Policy, Philanthropic Partnerships Joins National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF)

Jan 10, 2011, 08:00 ET from National Patient Advocate Foundation

Rene Cabral-Daniels Joins Nation's Leading Patient Advocacy Organization As Chief of Staff; Will Direct Federal and State Policies to Help Ensure Patient Access to Care

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) – the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of creating avenues of improved patient access to health care through public policy reform at the state and federal levels – welcomed today Rene Cabral-Daniels, former Director of Public Philanthropic Partnerships at the Council on Foundations and NPAF Board Member, as its new Chief of Staff. In this position, Cabral-Daniels will be responsible for crafting and managing strategies to inform and influence health policy, and for advising senior leadership on relevant legislative and regulatory matters and trends impacting America's patients.

"Rene's unique background in delivering trusted expertise and collaborative successes through senior positions held with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Council on Foundations will greatly benefit the patients of this country whom we fight for every day to access health care," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, Founder and CEO of NPAF. "Rene's deep intellectual understanding of complex health care policy issues across the decades, coupled with her extensive on-the-ground experience in finding solutions at the non-profit, state and federal government levels, will greatly enhance the patient initiatives NPAF will undertake at both the state and federal levels."

Previously, Cabral-Daniels served with the Virginia Department of Health for seven years in a variety of senior positions, including Director of the Office of Health Policy and Planning; Lead Policy Analyst with the Center for Quality Health Care Services and Consumer Protection; Executive Advisor to the Commissioner; and Acting Director for the Offices of Policy, Rural Health and Minority Health. In these roles, she was responsible for serving as staff to the Governor's Health Reform Commission, advising the Commissioner of Health on health insurance legislation and health access regulatory and policy issues; establishing public/private partnerships; directing the Managed Care Health Insurance Plan (MCHIP) regulatory process; drafting legislative studies and submitting applications on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia for the federal designation of medically underserved areas and health professional shortage areas.

Cabral-Daniels also worked as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing legal advice and assistance to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on legal issues related to the administration and operation of the nation's Medicare program.

"During the past eight years that I have been a board member with NPAF and PAF, my respect for both organizations has grown tremendously. I have had the privilege of working with literally hundreds of nonprofits in the United States and while I am familiar with many that certainly have great assets, I do not know of any that has been able to approximate the accomplishments of either NPAF or PAF in focusing on the needs of the patient in the American health care system," said Cabral-Daniels. "I am proud to join the NPAF team and support its mission to develop policies that positively impact those they serve."

In her most recent role as the Director of Public Philanthropic Partnerships with the Council on Foundations, Cabral-Daniels facilitated information, ideas and opportunities between philanthropy and government. Prior to this, Cabral-Daniels served as Vice President of Grant Programs with the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, the third largest health conversion foundation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

Cabral-Daniels holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Health from Yale School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health and Spanish from Tufts University. She is a member of Pennsylvania Bar and resides in Williamsburg, Va.

NPAF and its companion organization, the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), were established in 1996 on the principle that health care is a basic human need and shared social responsibility.  NPAF is dedicated to working with Congress and all levels of government to overcome challenges and create solutions that will allow for high-quality, affordable health care for all. In 2009, PAF case managers assisted 55,384 patients, each with chronic, life-threatening or debilitating conditions struggling to access health care.  Additionally, PAF responds to millions of online requests for information or chat line support.  For more information see

SOURCE National Patient Advocate Foundation