Advance Care Planning
Anne M. Ryan, Esq. is an Assistant Professor in the University of Arizona’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Tucson Family Advocacy Program (TFAP). TFAP is a multidisciplinary partnership of medical and legal providers working together in family medicine residency programs and clinics to improve patient health. Over 50 percent of patients referred to TFAP for integrated medical-legal services are humanitarian refugees from multiple countries of origin including Bhutan, Somalia, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ms. Ryan provides free legal assistance to low-income patients in areas affecting patient health including access to health care, public benefits, disability related matters, and advance care planning. She also teaches health care providers and community partners about legal barriers to patient health and how they can become more effective advocates for their patients and clients. Ms. Ryan received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Arizona College Of Law and became a member of the State Bar of Arizona in 1984. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Ryan was a Licensed Practical Nurse. She is honored to be part of an interdisciplinary team committed to improving medical care and access to justice for underserved populations.