Building deep and lasting relationships is the key to a lot of things in life.  At our May Professional Networking Meeting, we had a great conversation with Shawn D'Amelio (see story below), who reminded us that authentic connection to people we know and trust is important and can be satisfying. The same is true for the people you assemble to help you with your health.  If you want to connect with your doctor, nurse, or people you regularly see at the clinic you go to, what are you doing to make the connection real?  What can YOU do, to recognize and get to know the other person and help them get to know you?  Maybe you can bring them flowers from your garden.  Or a cup of coffee (doesn't everyone love that?).  Maybe you can ask them how their day is going or simply bring a smile to your conversation.  Invest in relationships, it will pay off!

Here's to your good health,


Robin Shapiro
WASHAA Board Chair
Upcoming Events
The Issaquah Senior Center is hosting a  quarterly Baby Boomer Bootcamp, sponsored by ERA Living and the King County Library System (KCLS) on June 9.  WASHAA Vice Chair Beth Droppert, RN, BSN will be presenting the ABCs of an Effective Doctor Visit.  To register , call the Issaquah Senior Center front desk: 425-392-2381 as space is limited!

The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA) would like to invite WASHAA members to our upcoming Expert Call-in,  "Patient Advocate Certification: Ask the PACB" 
Tuesday, June 11   - you can find all the details here:    

You'll see APHA has set up a registration link for non-APHA members (the other registration link is behind the member wall).

Thanks for the Great May Networking Meeting!
Thank you to Shawn D'Amelio, WASHAA Partner Member from With a Little Help (, who shared her wisdom and practical tips at our May Networking Meeting focused on Business Building Tactics.  If you missed Shawn's presentation, some of the highlights included:
  • Be your authentic self (ask her about peas and carrots next time you see her!)
  • Think about what you can offer to do for people before asking them to do something for you
  • Building deep connections with individual people is more than valuable than collecting business cards at networking meetings

In case you missed the National Patient Safety Conference May 7, the Washington Patient Safety Coalition, Foundation for Healthcare Quality have made the slides from presentations available:

Review slides that speakers and patient storytellers have confirmed for public distribution.
WASHAA Calendar
June 6 - Case Review for Professional WASHAA Members
June 9 - Boomer Bootcamp - ABCs of an Effective Doctor Visit
June 13 - The ABCs of an Effective Doctor Visit (FREE! Greenwood Senior Center - Learn More)
Sept 12 - Taming the Medicine Cabinet (FREE! Greenwood Senior Center)
Sept 25 - Networking Meeting ( Sign Up )
Oct 4 - Save the date for National Advocate conference in Chicago
Oct 17 - WASHAA Annual Meeting [Topic: Understanding Pain & Healing]
Dec 3 - Networking Meeting ( Sign Up)

Although WASHAA speakers can give presentation on many topics, here are a few of our popular presentations: 
  • Advance Care Planning (Just added in partnership with Honoring Choices)
  • Taming Your Medicine Cabinet (New in 2019!)
  • The ABCS of a Successful Doctor Visit
  • Patient Know More...Patient No More!
  • The Emerging Field of Health Advocacy 
  • Safe & Sound in the Hospital: A Short Course in Patient Safety 
  • Volunteer Health Advocate Training: Understanding the Role & Skills to Be Effective
To schedule a speaker for your community, please submit your request here:

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