Let's Work Together in a Year That Going to Take Collective Will

As we head toward almost the one-year mark of the pandemic, it seems we are all feeling the COVID-fatigue of hunkering down, forgoing our usual plans with family and friends and having our lives on the edge of re-emerging as the vaccine doses are finding their way to arms across the country.

COVID-19 has dramatically changed our lives and has thrust the importance of health advocacy even more to the forefront - as everyone has had to face the possibility of trying to avoid, prevent or navigate this new health threat.  It elevated the need for simple, straight forward and actionable information to be delivered to the public.

At HealthAdvocateX, we are continuing to provide programs to do just that.  We hope you will join us for our next Community Conversation as we take a deeper dive on the vaccines and the variants of COVID-19.  We all have to work together a little longer to survive the virus!
Here's to your good health,

Robin Shapiro (Board Chair) and the Team at HealthAdvocateX

March 8, 2021 | 11am (PT) / 2pm (ET)

Join us as we welcome world renown virologist Dr. Larry Corey to our next Community Conversation March 8. COVID-19 Virus and the Impact of Vaccines - Discussion About Transmission Risks

  • Dale Reisner, MD, Medical Director (Quality & Safety/OBGYN), Swedish Health Services
  • Larry Corey, MD, Professor of Medicine and Virology,  UW School of Medicine and a Professor in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division/ Past President and Director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
In the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine trials, COVID-19 vaccines are primarily being tested to determine whether they prevent a person from getting sick, from having a prolonged illness, or hospitalization. Importantly, these clinical trials are not focused on whether a vaccine prevents someone from getting the virus at all. In other words, a COVID-19 vaccine may benefit the individual who gets vaccinated, but the virus may still invade the body and it's possible - if not likely - that a vaccinated person can still spread the virus to others. This is a critical distinction that has received little attention.  During this Community Conversation, Dr. Larry Corey will discuss the open questions about transmission and explore what behavior is still necessary as we navigate through the pandemic.
1. Explain how mRNA vaccines differ from other existing vaccines and those new vaccines on the horizon of approval in the near future
2. Learn about the scope of protection of the vaccines (prevention of infection vs. impact on transmission)
3. Discuss what we know about the new variants of the COVID-19 virus

We are in the process to apply for 1 BCPA CE as part of this Community Conversation [Free for Members and $25 for Non-Members].  

This live event is free and open to the public...it will also be recorded and available on our website (and YouTube Channel).      

We plan to do three rounds of networking, to meet professional working advocates from your region and from across the country.  Plan on sharing your success and challenges with your peers.  

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
We will be meeting twice a quarter and will be flexible about the formatting of the national networking meetings to address your interests.  Hope to see you there! 

Partner News
Welcome New Partner Member!
To improve safety for patients receiving health care in Washington, in all care settings. 

The Washington Patient Safety Coalition is a member based not-for-profit organization representing healthcare systems, associations, and patient advocacy groups across the state of Washington and Pacific N.W. to improve safety within and across all care settings. We do this by encouraging patient advocacy and engagement, facilitating the exchange of best practices, cultivating a culture of safety and supporting coordinated collaborative efforts and partnerships. 

Visit their website at https://www.qualityhealth.org/wpsc/ 

Join the Bridge Health Advocates in a course that includes real-life scenarios.  Learn and connect with advocates in the trenches working through ethical dilemmas.  This is pre-approved for 2 CEs (in the area of Ethics) for BCPAs. 

MyCare Alliance is Offering Solo Advocacy Practices Special Support - 
Activate by February 28
MyCare Alliance is offering a business building support program to support administrative and other tasks.  
Please contact Ken Helfers at MCA now to take advantage of this offer before time runs out (February 28)! 

Phone: 859-940-7774 
Email: khelfers@mycarealliance.com 

or by setting up an appointment on his calendar by clicking the link below: 

Other Programs / Events / Opportunities You May Enjoy
Board Certified Patient Advocate Credential (BCPA) Exam Starts Soon!
The exam cycle begins on March 6th and ends on April 3rd. 

Be sure to check out the UPDATED Candidate Handbook and Study Guide. Both provide important information about changes in the application process and exam scheduling.

The Patient Advocate Certification Board (PACB) is currently conducting a Job Task Analysis (JTA) also known as a Role and Function Study. 

The purpose of the PACB 2020-2021 Job Analysis Study is to identify and validate tasks and knowledge important in the work performed by Patient Advocates. The results of the study will be utilized to create test specifications that will guide the development of new versions of the BCPA exam. The study results will also serve as a framework for PACB regarding content selection of continuing education for re-certification. Details about the JTA Process can be found after the instructions for taking the survey if you are interested in learning more about the process involved in creating this survey and how the results will be used by PACB and by the Patient Advocacy industry.  Your participation is key!  If you are a practicing professional advocate, please consider taking the survey as soon as possible (before March 1 if you can).  Your answers will help contribute to understanding the knowledge, skills, and attributes or requirements necessary to perform activities of a patient advocate.

March 3: Professional Networking (Register Here)
March 8: Community Conversation (Register Here)
April 7: Case Review (for Professional & Partner Members only)
April 12: Community Conversation (Register Here)
May 6: Professional Networking (Register Here)
May 10: Community Conversation (Register Here)
June 3: Professional Networking (Register Here)
June 14: Community Conversation (Register Here)
July 8: Professional Networking (Register Here)
July 12: Community Conversation (Register Here)
August 4: Professional Networking (Register Here)
August 9: Community Conversation (Register Here)
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 5-6: HealthAdvocateX Annual Conference **SAVE THE DATE!**
December 2: Professional Networking (Register Here)
December 13: Community Conversation (Register Here)

Although 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 HealthAdvocateX community?

Please submit ideas to info@healthadvocatex.org

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