patient advocacyit’s not only what I do,
it’s who I am.

Skills and Services

Constructs Solutions

…for biopharma and medical device companies to engage with thought leaders, patient advocacy organizations and government officials to achieve results that improve access to care.

Coaches Patients

…to tell their stories in the most meaningful way so their experiences are equally if not more valuable than data and stats.

Communicates Policy

…in plain language so that patients and those who care for them understand their impact on access to care and potential for good health.

Connects Leaders

…on pathways to achieve maximum participation and influence in health policy decisions.

meet gwen

Part lawyer, part clinician, part Washington-insider, Gwen is a seasoned thought leader and creative magnet who brings decades of expertise to the health policy discussion with one aim in mind: ensuring patients are heard and their input is valued. As a lifelong patient herself, Gwen’s mission is to eliminate the disengagement and fear patients live with when the course is not clear, the outcome unknown, and their voice is not heard.

we’re in this
together

Gwen is a consummate professional, with a great mix of skills to execute on many different fronts. She moves easily from one area of expertise to another, be it writing, health policy or strategic planning. It was a great pleasure working with Gwen. When she gets a goal in her sights, she rarely misses. Above all else, her passion for the important things in life is extremely contagious.
Bob Stewart
Manager, FDA Programs at Abiomed
It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend Gwen Mayes as a patient coach for speaking engagements and work with advocacy groups who engage with patients who are speaking in public. I was fortunate to work with Gwen in my very first speaking engagement. I was nervous and apprehensive to talk about my experience as a cardiac patient. Our stories are so very personal and at times so raw that we can be over whelmed about what we should and shouldn’t include in our speech. With her guidance, support and enthusiasm I was able to confidently sail through my speech. So much so that at the end I was sad it went so quickly! I have, absolutely no reservation in offering my highest recommendation of Gwen Mayes. She will exceed expectations every time and serve as a great asset to not only your speaking engagement but to your confidence as well.
Starr Mirza
Philanthroper, Heart Disease Patient Advocate
Gwen is a passionate and extremely knowledgeable advocate for patients. She uses her deep health policy expertise to help further public policy change that reflects patients' needs. She mixes passion for the issues and patients with a willingness and desire to understand multiple viewpoints.
NICOLE TAPAY, JD
Principal, Avalere Health

Ideas and Insights

Is Patient Storytelling a Civic Duty?
06.5.2019

During a meeting with the American College of Not-to-be-Named-Doctors, their staff shared with me that the Incoming President’s plan was for it to be “the year of the patient.” Immediately, I wondered why it wasn’t every year. Clearly the mission of any professional medical society is to be a voice for its members, but their […]

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What Having Heart Disease Has Taught Me
06.4.2019

I’m often asked what it’s like to live with heart disease. For me, the physical limitations have been much less difficult to manage than the emotional and psychological ones. Heart patients are cautioned about becoming “cardiac cripples”—overly anxious and worried about their future to the point that it affects their health. Yep, I’ve done that. […]

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