As Seattle is shaking off our snowy-filled month, I feel like things are heating up in terms of the opportunities to learn about different aspects of health advocacy.  We are so fortunate to live in a state that hosts a lot of speakers, topics and events that can inspire, educate and activate the advocate within you.
Don't miss Katy Butler THIS MONDAY, February 25 at a free event at Temple De Hirsch Sinai.  Katy is author of Knocking on Heaven's Door and new book, The Art of Dying Well.  If you want to attend, please contact Laura Cetina, whose information is on this flyer.
I hope that you will be able to join us at one or more of the events that we are highlighting.  Let us know if there are others that you think our 1,100+ WASHAA community might enjoy!

Here's to your good health,


Robin Shapiro
WASHAA Board Chair
Upcoming Events

Join experienced advocates working in the Northwest who are interested in sharing success and challenges in working in the field for networking, light hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Ever thought it might be nice to partner with another advocate to cover client load or be a back up to cover for you when you travel? Are you considering a job in health or patient advocacy and want to learn more about what the field is all about? Join advocates and other professionals who support advocates and patients for a peer-to-peer sharing event. Bring questions, challenges and success. BRING YOUR TICKET!! 

The next quarterly Networking Meetings will be: 
  • May 16
  • Sept 25
  • Dec 3

WASHAA Calendar
Feb 27 - Quarterly Professional Networking Meeting 
Mar 14 - To ERR is Human Movie Screening
Mar 15 - End Brain Cancer Patient Day (Free Event!)
Mar 18/19 - Spokane
May 16 - Networking Meeting
June 9 - Boomer Bootcamp
Sept 25 - Networking Meeting
Oct 17 - WASHAA Annual Meeting [Topic: Understanding Pain & Healing]
Dec 3 - Networking Meeting
Movie Screening
In partnership with the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice & UW Medicine, the Washington State Patient Safety Coalition is delighted to invite you to a  FREE  public screening of the film  TO ERR IS HUMAN  at UW Medicine's  Hogness Autorium  on  March 14th , during Patient Safety Week. 
Through interviews with leaders in healthcare, footage of real-world efforts leading to safer care, and one family's compelling journey from tragedy to triumph, the documentary providesa unique look at our healthcare system's ongoing fight against preventable harm.
Directed by Michael Eisenberg, the son of late patient safety pioneer Dr. John M. Eisenberg,  To Err is Human  is named after the groundbreaking 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine). Film website: .
While the event is free, registration is mandatory  as attendance is limited.

WASHAA Members News
Join Partner Member EndBrainCancer.Org for a Fun Patient Day March 15th 
Join patients, caregivers and women leaders who lives have been affected by Glioblastoma Brain Cancer at the GMB Together Day in Bellevue.  This free conference will feature an opportunity to meet other patients and families, get free makeover and photos and hear from inspiration women leaders affected by GMB, including Robin Shapiro.  This conference is free to attend, but you need to

Low Carb to Address Health Conference May 5th-7th
Michael Wood , WASHAA Board Member is helping to organize  a unique and pioneering conference focusing on low carb eating as a way to cure disease.   Learn what the buzz around Low Carb is all! Hint: it's all about the hormones, the goal is to lower blood sugars, and the insulin response! The conference will be held in Bellevue over 3 days: May 5-7.   To register: 

4th  Anniversary of Speaking of Dying Film - Save the Date April 27nd
WASHAA Member Trudy James will be celebrating the 4th Anniversary of her film, Speaking of Dying.


Saturday, April 27
4:30pm - 6:30pm 
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

To follow Trudy's work, check out her Facebook page:

Although WASHAA speakers can give presentation on many topics, here are a few of our popular presentations: 
  • Advance Care Planning (Just added in partnership with Honoring Choices)
  • Taming Your Medicine Cabinet (New in 2019!)
  • The ABCS of a Successful 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:

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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