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The International Conference on Patient Advocacy was held in Chicago April 27-30. I was lucky enough to attend as a board representative of Health AdvocateX.

It was encouraging and inspiring, how the field of independent Health Advocates has grown and developed. While corporate purveyors of Health Advocacy for large employers has been around since 1983 (I co-founded CareWise, the first commercial “Patient Advocate Service” then), the field of independent Health Advocates has emerged mainly over the past 10-15 years and is now starting to blossom. Of course, our own Robin Shapiro and Beth Droppert have been instrumental in these national developments.

There is a national coalition of health advocacy organizations recently formed and formally announced at the conference, attended by around 200 advocates from around the country, and 3 from overseas. All of the organizations of the coalition were there.

Presentations, which will be available for CE’s soon via video provided by Health AdvocateX, were high quality and varied. From a review of the history of individual Health Advocates, to case studies of successes, to credentialing discussions, to business challenges and opportunities, people were upbeat and excited, understandably so.

It was a good opportunity for Health AdvocateX to gain national exposure to the Health Advocates who attended, many of whom are already a member of our organization and participate in our online activities, but many others expressed their new interest in our efforts to promote Health Advocacy to the public and to support them in their profession. It was well worth the trip!


Michael Wood, HealthAdvocateX Board Member

To see our upcoming events or view our past events on demand, please visit: https://www.healthadvocatex.org/upcoming/ 
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 Speaker Salomé Valencia-Bohné, MA, MSW, LSWAIC: A Clinical Therapist who will share a presentation on the Mental Health impacts of Covid on children, families and caregivers. One free CE is available if listening live for HealthAdvocateX Professional/Partner Member. Please join us for this free monthly conversation. 
Professional Networking - June 2022
When: June 2, 2022 | 4pm – 5pm (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

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
HealthAdvocateX Calendar
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