Dee Dee Ricks is an advocate and expert on patient navigation and philanthropist who supports many charities. She is chairman of the board of the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute (PNI), which supports patient navigation training and aims to provide information about chronic disease prevention and eliminate barriers to timely diagnosis, prevention and care. .
In this role as chair, Dee Dee has successfully lobbied Congress to reenact the Patient Navigation Act as part of sweeping health care reform policy. She is a champion, alongside of Dr. Harold P. Freeman, of Congressman Israel’s Patient Navigation Assistance Act of 2012. With Dee Dee’s help, Rep. Israel Co-Chair of the House Cancer Caucas has been working on legislation to address the problem of cancer navigation assistance for Medicaid recipients. The Education of Dee Dee Ricks was screened for House members the eve of the airing on HBO.
As part of her philanthropic efforts, Dee Dee is active with the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas Medical Center and Harvard University’s Global Task force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care & Control in Developing Countries. Dee Dee is a Breast Reconstruction Awareness Ambassador for BRA Day USA, an initiative designed to promote education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast. Dee Dee is the founder of RICKS Consulting Group, Inc., which serves and advises hedge funds.
Dee Dee Ricks is also a subject of a documentary that follows her journey through breast cancer and navigating the health care system. The film aired on HBO and will be available for download and purchase on iTunes starting October 2012.