Speakers

Alicia Cole

Patient Safety Consultant

Alicia Cole is an internationally recognized Speaker and Patient Safety Consultant. A two-time survivor of hospital-acquired MRSA, Sepsis, and Necrotizing Fasciitis, Alicia has endured nine surgeries, eleven blood transfusions, and nearly had her left leg amputated. She’s navigated her way through over a decade of weekly medical treatments and aftercare.  While still recovering, Alicia co-sponsored and successfully lobbied for passage of two California laws, one for Patient Safety education for healthcare workers, and the other, Public Reporting of hospital infection rates. (“Nile’s Law”) In between doctor appointments, Alicia earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management and Leadership, from UCLA School of Public Health. Her passion is protecting patients by improving health literacy and self-efficacy, while promoting safer care as a Health Policy Change Agent. In 2015, Alicia was honored by President Barack Obama for her advocacy work and appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB).  She continued in that position under the Trump administration until February of 2020. Alicia’s journey from survivor to champion has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, The Doctors, The Dr. Nandi Show, CBS and Fox News, she has also been profiled in USA Today, HEALTH Magazine, Consumer Reports, HealthLeaders Media and the LA Times.