While July is typically a quiet vacation month, it seems that there is more happening than ever!  Your WASHAA leadership is working diligently on planning a dynamic, interactive and robust Annual Conference November 6.  While we will be meeting on a virtual platform, we have some surprises in store for you!  Please block your calendar and watch for early bird registration details soon!
We are continuing to host periodic  Community Conversations on topics relevant to COVID-19 and activities to keep us connected.  On Monday, July 27, we will be talking with two hospital social workers who will engage us in understanding how to be more effective in advocating during this COVID-19 pandemic. To register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvcumoqTgvGNajDZ6-cfFidE5kK7MyO-GF 

Last, but not least, WASHAA will rebranding into a national not-for-profit organization in the Fall.  We hope that you will join us as we expand our offerings and continue to host meaningful content to help you advocate.
Here's wishing you continued good health and safety. Make sure to wear your mask, think positively and we hope to 'see' you at one of our events soon!

Robin Shapiro
WASHAA Board Chair

Thursday, July 23 -- Join Us for Our (Virtual) Case Review
This Thursday, July 23 at 4 pm PT, WASHAA Member Crystal Cannon Flores, the Grateful Death will present a  Case Review  on Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking.  During this one-hour meeting, professional members will have the opportunity to listen to the case, what lessons were learned and ask be able to ask questions. This is a  free   benefit of all WASHAA Professional and Partner Members in good standing.  

If you are a Professional Member and would like to attend, but have not yet registered, please contact  info@washaa.org  before noon on Thursday, July 23.

Partner Member MyCare Alliance is offering all Professional WASHAA Members a  Free  Affiliate Business Membership   and company listing in our directory.  You will need to register as a user and then will receive an email with instructions to set up a password and then log in to fill out the directory listing.  Registration Page .  If you want to find out more about all the benefits available to you through your complementary professional membership you can find all the details with this link.  Benefit Details.   If you previously tried to register, there was a website glitch that has been since fixed.  

Thank you MyCare Alliance CEO Ginger Jones  RN, CCM , CNLCP for providing this special benefit to WASHAA Professional Members.

If you missed our WASHAA Annual Meeting on Pain & Healing, you can now access the individual presentations and earn BPCA CEUs.  The presentations require that you register online, pay a minimal fee and take a quiz in order to receive BPCA CEU credit.  

Other Meetings & Events You Might Enjoy

Virtual Advance Care Planning: Best Practice for Crisis and Beyond
Join Honoring Choices PNW and learn about what is different when preparing for, having, and following up after a "virtual" ACP conversation. This free one-hour discussion is among experienced program leaders.

View the recording here: https://respectingchoices.org/virtual-acp/ 

WASHAA 8th Annual Conference

Mental and behavioral health issues plague our society, but it wasn't until recently that research has proven that including mental health management into clinical care can improve health outcomes and save money.  What does this mean for patient care?  Many states have a goal of integrating mental health into primary care, but is this really happening? The WASHAA 8th Annual Conference will explore innovative health care models and programs that show us how integrative health strategies can heal the whole person.   While we will be meeting in a virtual environment, please plan join us for a whole day of learning, engaging with our community and practicing techniques in an interactive and fun way.

Keep an eye on our event page here: http://www.washaa.org/8th-annual-meeting.html
WASHAA Calendar

July 23: Case Review (Members Only)
July 27: Navigating COVID-19: The Importance of Advocacy in the Hospital (Register Here)
September 17: Professional Networking Meeting
October 7: Case Review (Members Only)
November 6: WASHAA Annual Conference - Whole Person Advocacy: Integrating Mental Health
December 6: Professional Networking Meeting

Although WASHAA 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:  http://www.washaa.org/request-a-presentation.html

Have a topic you wish we offered? Let us know - let's talk!
Do you have something you would like to share with the WASHAA community?

Please submit ideas to 

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