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Happy Spring!!

It is always so joyful to watch the new growth and the magical colors of spring. It brings a renewed awareness of how magical nature is and how fortunate we are to enjoy it. Speaking of new growth, a few changes have occurred in our team as Ashley, our operations manager, is now out on maternity leave. We anxiously await another little one to our organization and are excited for Ashley and her family. Sofie Schwartz is filling in for Ashley while she is out so you may interface with her. We are so grateful to have Sofie.

Hopefully you noted some changes on the calendar this month. Our next Networking will be May 5th, and, our next Community Conversation is May 16th. Also, we are not doing the Case Review this month and the next one will be July 14th. We look forward to seeing you at those events.

To see our upcoming events or view our past events on demand, please visit: https://www.healthadvocatex.org/upcoming/

Robin and I look forward to attending and speaking at ICOPA (The International Conference on Patient Advocacy) in Chicago on April 28-30. It should be a great conference and we are excited to see many colleagues we have not seen in a long time. We have been working closely with other health care and patient advocacy organizations to further the field and there will be more information at the conference.

If you haven’t already registered, you can do so here: https://icopaconference.com/register/

Although we have had a reprieve from Covid-19 and are able to be outside more, we are still encouraging our communities to stay safe, wear masks when in high density areas and be vigilant about taking care of yourselves and your loved ones. For those of you who can get the second booster, make an appointment.
Here's to your good health,

Beth Droppert (Vice Chair) and the Team at HealthAdvocateX
Professional Networking – May 2022
When: May 5, 2022 | 9am – 10am (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost: $15 for Members | $20 for Non-Members

Join Professional Advocates and other allied professionals in a virtual networking event designed to support your health advocacy business. Be ready to learn and share what is working in terms of business development and practice. Note: You do not have to be a HealthAdvocateX member to attend this event! The objectives of Professional Networking sessions include:
  • Grow your network of advocates you know and trust
  • Exchange ideas about advocacy best practices
  • Learn new information related to health advocacy
  • Receive peer feedback on challenges and opportunities

Each networking session has a specific focus. If there are topics/ideas/speakers you would like to suggest, please email us at info@HealthAdvocateX.org
Community Conversation - May 2022
When: May 9, 2022 | 11am – 12pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)

We will host our monthly Community Conversation with Dr. Dale Reisner, MD, Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality and Safety) at Swedish Health Services. The topic will be updates on the pandemic where we will review the latest stats and sort out information we know and do not know about COVID-19. Please join us for this free monthly conversation. You can find the registration link on our website here, and feel free to view or share all our posted conversations, found on our Past Events page.

Case Review - July 2022
Case Review – July 2022
When: July 14, 2022 | 4pm – 5:30pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom
The Professional Networking group has requested HealthAdvocateX host periodic ‘peer case review’ sessions to help advocates learn about how their peers are handling cases. The purpose is mutual information exchange and continual improvement of advocacy services. 
The HealthAdvocateX Board has approved this activity with the following caveats:
  • Only HealthAdvocateX Professional Members in good standing will be invited to participate
  • Meeting participants will sign a confidentiality acknowledgement in keeping with professional standards at sign in as a requirement to participate
  • Cases will all be presented in a similar format and will be submitted to HealthAdvocateX at least one week in advance of the meeting for consideration
  • The Advocate presenting the Case will do everything to de-identify the person featured in the case review
  • No case information may be shared outside the case review meeting
  • The meetings will be a free, one-hour meeting as a benefit of professional membership
For more information, contact us at info@HealthAdvocateX.org
Are you looking for a way to extend your opportunities to educate the public about health and patient advocacy? HealthAdvocateX licenses two presentations and offers a ‘Train the Trainer’ package for these two topics:
  • The ABCs of an Effective Doctor Visit
  • Taming the Medicine Cabinet

Each Train the Trainer Package includes:
  • PowerPoint presentation and script for the topic represented, which will include an introductory slide for the presenter approved to give the presentation
  • Electronic copies of materials including:
  • Handouts of Scenarios/Role-Plays
  • Self-Learning Quiz (where applicable)
  • Feedback From
  • Flyer Template
  • Presentation Description

To license the presentations and register for the training:
- Sign and Return the License Agreement/s - (ABCs of an Effective Doctor Visit & Taming the Medicine Cabinet)
- Pay for the Presentation Train the Trainer (we will invoice you as soon as we receive your signed license agreement(s)).

Do you have questions about this? Email us at info@HealthAdvocateX.org
Many advocates have been contacting us as you are trying to finish up earning your CEs for the year. We have more than 20 CEs currently available with bundled pricing available for two conferences:
  • Health Advocacy Now: Lessons From the Pandemic 2021 Conference (11 CEs Available)
  • Whole Person Advocacy: Integrating Mental Health 2020 Conference (10 CEs Available)
  • Health Literacy: The New Vital Sign (1 CE Available)

For more information and to have access to these CEs, visit: https://www.healthadvocatex.org/ces/ 

Other Events You May Enjoy
Pivoting Your Practice in a Changing Healthcare World

We’re excited to announce that YES! ICOPA 2022 will bring health and patient advocates together in person!

Early Registration ~ Save money!

We’ll be focused on fellowship AND safety: read our COVID policy, get registered, then plan to attend ICOPA

From networking, to excellent speakers, to educational opportunities, to networking, to CEs, to access to outstanding resources... and did we mention networking? There are so many great reasons to attend ICOPA in 2022!
All conference events will be held at the Westin O'Hare (Rosemont). Discounted guest rooms will be available.

We thank you for your support of ICOPA and hope to see you there!

HealthAdvocateX Calendar
March 2: Professional Networking (Register Here)
March 14: Community Conversation (Register Here)
April 28-30: ICOPA Conference (Register Here)
May 5: Professional Networking (Register Here)
May 9: Community Conversation (Register Here)
June 2: Professional Networking (Register Here)
June 13: Community Conversation (Register Here)
July 11: Community Conversation (Register Here)
July 14: Case Review (HealthAdvocateX Members Only!)
August 4: Professional Networking (Register Here)
August 8: Community Conversation (Register Here)
September 7: Professional Networking (Register Here)
September 12: Community Conversation (Register Here)
October 10: Community Conversation (Register Here)
October 13: Case Review (HealthAdvocateX Members Only!)
November 3: Professional Networking (Register Here)
November 14: Community Conversation (Register Here)
December 7: Professional Networking (Register Here)
December 12: Community Conversation (Register Here)
Programs & Presentations
Although HealthAdvocateX speakers can give presentation on many topics, here are a few of our popular presentations: 

  • Advance Care Planning (In partnership with Honoring Choices)
  • Taming Your Medicine Cabinet
  • The ABCs of an Effective 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: https://www.healthadvocatex.org/presentations/

Have a topic you wish we offered? Let us know - let's talk!

HealthAdvocateX is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. We acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe. We invite you to join us in acknowledging and thanking indigenous people for their ongoing stewardship wherever you are located.
Land Acknowledgement Challenge

Will you help us? We invite YOU to research and submit the name of the people, your location and how you would word your own personal land acknowledgement. Our Board will be selecting and reading land acknowledgements from across the country at our Monthly Board Meetings. You can submit it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hadvx-land-acknowledgement

Do you have something you would like to share with the HealthAdvocateX community?

Please submit ideas to info@HealthAdvocateX.org