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I hope that you've had an enjoyable summer and that the start of the school year brings thoughts of renewal and excitement to your household.  I know I'm starting the Fall season eagerly anticipating so many events planned for the balance of the year. Here at HealthAdvocateX we're focused on upcoming programs from this week's Case Review (September 9) to our monthly Community Conversation with Dr. Dale Reisner on September 13 (register here), both virtual opportunities to engage with other health advocates around the country and our Board.

Just around the corner, October brings another virtual Networking opportunity (October 7, register here) and another Community Conversation (October 13, register here).  Next month will also see us finalizing the agenda for the 9th annual National Conference on November 4-6, "Lessons from the Pandemic."  Please join us as we explore what we've learned about the way we respond to a global pandemic and how we go forward from here, conscious of COVID variants.

I'm reminded daily that we still need to be careful about the ways we interact with people and to stay safe and I hope that you can keep this front of mind as well. 
Looking forward to connecting,

Sarah Morton (Strategic Advisor) and the Team at HealthAdvocateX
National Virtual Conference November 4-6 (and 6th Post Conference Sessions with tracks for Practicing Advocates and Health Advocacy students). Over two days "Lessons from the Pandemic" will showcase such topics as "The Dynamic Field of Health Advocacy," "Understanding Long COVID," "Applying Culture-Informed Communications," "How Patients are Rethinking Access to Care," "Reimagining Health: Framework for Active Collaboration." 

On Saturday morning we will hold several Post Conference Sessions for practicing advocates directed towards growing your business and referrals and a separate track for students of health advocacy focused on finding an internship or practicum.

Please watch for updates for the 2021 Conference here.

Early Bird tickets are available here:
Case Review – Thursday, September 9, 2020 – 7 pm ET/4 pm PT ~ FREE to Professional Members
Topic: Navigating Eldercare and Mental Health From Afar
Case Review - September 2021
When: September 9, 2021 | 4pm – 5:30pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom

Sheryl Kalbach, MSW, LISCW, Banister Advisors Navigator with more than 25 years of experience as a medical social worker will be presenting the case: Navigating Eldercare and Mental Health from Afar on Thursday, September 9 at 4 pm PT. This case will cover issues that include:
  • When what the client’s initial call is just the tip of the iceberg for what care they need
  • How to manage expectations around resolution in a timeline and project creep
  • Determining who the real client is when payment is being made by other parties
  • How to stay in your area of expertise and scope of work

Find out more about Sheryl’s background here: https://www.banisteradvisors.com/about 

Case Review is a free benefit of HealthAdvocateX Professional/Partner Membership. To sign up, contact us at info@HealthAdvocateX.org.

Interested in becoming a HealthAdvocateX Member? Click here to learn more.
Community Conversation - More COVID Updates
When: September 13, 2021 | 11am – 12pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost: FREE!

There are so many hot topics related to the Pandemic and we are still addressing the public’s questions with our monthly Community Conversation related to COVID-19.  Do you want to know the latest information about variants, booster shots and more?  Join our Board Member Dale Reisner, MD, Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality & Safety), Swedish Health Services as she talks us through facts vs. myths and what we need to know today.  
Other Programs / Events / Opportunities You May Enjoy
The Joint Commission and TakeCHARGE: 
Standards and Resources to Improve Staff Engagement
Mark A. Crafton, MPA, MT (ASCP)
Executive Director, Strategic Alliances Division of Business Development Government & External Relations at The Joint Commission 
Date: Monday, September 13, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM (EST)

This Program is Free to Attend
Room opens 15 minutes early for networking

The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest health care standards-setting organization, impacting over 23,000 health care providers and facilities across the entire continuum of care. Participants in this session will gain a greater understanding of how The Joint Commission strives to improve the quality and safety for all patients, as well as how its standards and resources help achieve this mission. In addition, attendees will receive information on Joint Commission activities specifically supporting the TakeCHARGE campaign’s 5 Steps to Safer Healthcare.

This program is approved for 1 CE by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Program Approval Code 18148.

Pulse CPSEA charges a separate fee to process Continuing Education (CE) credits and certificates. Fee for 1 CE is $20.   Use Approval Code # 18148 when making payment.                      

Register at www.PulsePPS.org  
October 6th and 7th, 2021 
7:45 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific 
Healthcare Professionals: $75 
Patients, Families, and Students: Free 
Virtual Event

The Washington Patient Safety Coalition’s Northwest Patient Safety Conference is back this year as an entirely virtual event over two half-days on October 6-7, 2021. The event will bring together healthcare professionals and patients to explore how to pursue safety differently and engage in topical sessions on advancing equity in patient safety, empathetic engagement with patients, rebuilding safer health systems. 

More information is available here: WPSC website.
Multidisciplinary Pain Management Conference

The San Diego Pain Summit (SDPS) is committed to helping clinicians learn to shift their focus towards a patient-centered approach to pain management. 

Human beings are occupational centered beings - meaning routine daily activities give people a sense of purpose. When experiencing injury and/or pain, this sense of purpose is disrupted, leading to anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and general loss of quality of life.

SDPS conferences and workshops help clinicians from a variety of backgrounds to understand how pain research can be used to guide patient care. 
Hidden Strengths: Disabilities Make Better Scientists
When: Thursday, September 23, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

We’ve assembled this panel to share why disabilities are actually hidden strengths, how to check your own biases, ways you can support those around you, and how science can be more inclusive. Recommended for industry leaders wanting to support their employees and anyone who wants to become an advocate.
One in five million American's receive a mental health diagnosis each year. You might remember Verneta Seaton’s moving speech about her son at last year’s HealthAdvocateX National Conference.  

Many of us have friends or family members that need support and HealthAdvocateX participating in this virtual event do to our small part to make a BIG impact. Will you join us?

Beth Droppert is taking the lead on this fundraising page for Zia Larson's Ray of Light Foundation - https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/3429245

HealthAdvocateX Calendar
September 9: Case Review (for Professional & Partner Members only)
September 13: Community Conversation (Register Here)
October 7: Professional Networking (Register Here)
October 11: Community Conversation (Register Here)
November 4-6: HealthAdvocateX Annual Conference (Register Here)
December 2: Professional Networking (Register Here)
December 13: 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: http://www.washaa.org/request-a-presentation.html

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