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Although this month has seemed like a long one (so far!), January provides us a great opportunity to look forward! This weekend our HealthAdvocateX Board of Directors will be meeting to celebrate 10 years of work in the health advocacy field! While we originally started as a small, Washington-state effort, we are proud of the thousands of people we have reached through:
  • Public Education - We have developed and delivered public presentations (including, The ABCs of an Effective Doctor Visit, Taming the Medicine Cabinet and Patient Know More!). From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 20, 2020, we have brought timely, factual and actionable information to the public.
  • Professional Education and Learning - We host, curate and moderate highly rated events and learning opportunities for the public and professionals, including Case Review, Networking and our Annual Meeting.
  • Connection to Health Advocacy Resources - Since our founding, we have responded to more than 1,000 inquiries from the public requesting health advocacy resources, including connection to advocates or other allied businesses.

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

We also had some very exciting news of our own, welcoming three new babies into the HealthAdvocateX family! Congratulations to our three Board Members Jessica Kolstad Kim, Cristian Liu and Dale Reisner…
As we head into the Martin Luther King Day holiday…we honor Dr. King’s legacy of fighting for racial justice and equality. As this time in our country’s history, it is even more important to incorporate this work into health advocacy and equity for all as our goal. Since health advocacy is a helping activity, this Dr. King quote is very apt:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Where are you helping? Where can we, the HealthAdvocateX community have more impact?

There is much work to do and we welcome your ideas and participation in upcoming events.
Here’s to your good health,

Robin Shapiro (Board Chair) and the Team at HealthAdvocateX
Avoiding Medical Bill Disasters - Webinar with Adria Goldman Gross
When: January 19, 2022 | 9am (PT) / 12pm (ET)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost: $10 – $30 (Available for BCPA CEs)

Join us as we hear about the extraordinary life story of Adria Goldman Gross, CEO of MedWise Insurance Advocacy and how she now helps patients. Medical billing errors or extraordinary medical costs are a major contributor to personal bankruptcy. Most people do not understand how to evaluate insurance plans or what to do about billing errors until it is too late. This session will cover essential information about medical bills claims, denials, appeals, pre-authorizations and how participants can apply this information to cutting the cost of medical bills. This has been approved for 1 BCPA CE.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn strategies to cut the cost of medical bills.
  2. How to evaluate specific insurance plans now being sold and why they may not be what you expect.
  3. Identify resources and alternatives to high priced medications.
Professional Networking - February 2022
When: February 3, 2022 | 9am – 10am (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost: $15 for Members | $20 for Non-Members

From the networking meeting feedback, we are rotating the times for our twice quarterly networking. Our next networking event will be in the morning/mid-day eastern time. We will be flexible about the formatting of the national networking meetings to address your interests.

Community Conversation - February 2022
When: February 14, 2022 | 11am – 12pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)

Did you miss our most recent Community Conversation January 10, 2020 with Dr. Dale Reisner, Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality and Safety) at Swedish Health Services? Dr. Reisner discussed how the pandemic is heading towards and endemic, new guidance on masking, quarantines and testing. We are holding these conversations, free to the public, on a monthly basis the second Monday of the month at 2 pm ET/Noon CT/11 am PT. 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 - A Benefit of Professional / Partner Membership
Thank you to HealthAdvocateX member and advocate Gerda Maissel, MD CPE, President of My MDAdvisor https://www.healthadvocatex.org/directory-listing/my-md-advisor/ for presenting a meaty case for Case Review on January 12, including some timely experiences with COVID-19 learnings. As a reminder, Case Review is held once a quarter and is open to Professional/Partner Members for free. This one-hour session is presented to help advocates learn in a peer-sharing environment. 100% of attendees who completed our survey found the session ‘extremely valuable.’ Don’t miss our next case review on April 14, 2022 at 7 pm ET/5 pm CT/4 pm PT.
Congratulations to Elisabeth Schuler for Being Published in The Journal of CSA
HealthAdvocateX member and advocate Elisabeth Schuler, BPCA CSA and Founder/CEO of Patient Navigator https://www.healthadvocatex.org/directory-listing/patient-navigator-llc/ recently was published in the Journal of the Certified Senior Advisors about the history and trends of healthcare advocacy.

Please read (and share) this important article!
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
Thanks to Deidre Kindred, who participated in our TTT for two presentations this week!
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
The International Conference on Patient Advocacy
The ICOPA Conference, held to great applause and appreciation in 2019, will return in 2022!
April 28 - 30, 2022
Westin O'Hare (Rosemont) Chicago
Agendas, Speakers and Registration will be available soon.
We hope to see you there!

ICOPA is the International Conference on Patient Advocacy, which is happening this Spring in Chicago. Whether you currently work as an advocate, independently or in a health system, or you are a professional who interfaces in some other way with the healthcare system, or a patient or caregiver with keen interest in the system and how its outcomes can be improved, you are welcome to attend the conference. Join the HealthAdvocateX team in supporting this important event! 

The goal of this summit is to present a deep analysis of the body’s response to threat and to provide the scientific understanding and clinical practices that will enable clinicians and patients to create a shift to safety. Here is a live link to the event: https://www.opencenter.org/2nd-annual-chronic-pain-summit/
HealthAdvocateX Calendar
January 19: Avoiding Medical Bill Disasters - Webinar (Register Here)
February 3: Professional Networking (Register Here)
February 14: Community Conversation (Register Here)
March 2: Professional Networking (Register Here)
March 14: Community Conversation (Register Here)
April 11: Community Conversation (Register Here)
April 14: Case Review (HealthAdvocateX Members Only!)
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