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We are welcoming 2023 in with a bang – we had a nice break and are hoping that this year will be a reset to a more healthful and robust year ahead!

Thank you for your patience as we navigated many challenges in 2022. If you had ANY issues with membership renewal, donations or communications, please contact us at info@healthadvocatex.org. Our third-party vendor who handles all of our technology fixed the issues and we want to make sure your questions or contributions are done successfully!

If you have not already, please take a few moments to fill out the Advocate Survey today! There has already been a tremendous response and we want to include you!

As we look forward to 2023, we will be looking forward to providing more events and content, including our ongoing Community Conversations, Case Review for Professional Advocates and the launch of our X-Centers (more information below).

We will also be hosting a special virtual screening of Race to Be Human with a special post-film panel with Health Care Leaders. Please save the date for March 27, 2023 4-8 pm PT/7-9 pm ET.

Here is wishing you a productive, healthy and joyful 2023 – we can’t wait to see you!

Your Friends at HealthAdvocateX
Community Conversation – January 2023 – Focused on COVID-19 and Race

When: January 16, 2023 | 11am – 12pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost: FREE!

Hidden in Plain Sight: How Race Affects Health

In honor of the Martin Luther King holiday, our monthly Community Conversation with Dale Reisner, MD, will welcome Michelle Terry, MD, Attending Physician and Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine (pictured below). Dr. Terry is also Assistant Dean for underrepresented in Medicine and Science in the Office of Faculty Affairs at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Although people with less formal education and fewer economic resources may have worse health overall, there are many “systemic” examples of how race was/is used in various calculations of medical risk, (ex:kidney GFR, VBAC, breast cancer, etc.) that negatively influences health outcomes.

This Community Conversation is part of our ongoing commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) in health and healthcare. Please read our IDEA statement approved by the HealthAdvocateX Board in September 2022. We will have more content and events focused on IDEA in 2023!
Case Review – For Professional/Partner Members

When: January 19, 2023 | 4pm – 5:30pm (PT)/7 pm – 8:30 pm ET
Where: Send an email to info@healthadvocatex.org
Cost: Free for Professional/Partner Members

Topic: The Advocate’s Dilemma: What To Do When Patient Choice Doesn’t Align with the Medical Best Choice

Dr. Chris Price will present a case most advocates have (or will) experience – when the person you are advocating for does not want to choose best medical practice or advice. Case Review is a free benefit of Professional/Partner membership and you must be a member to attend. To register, please send an email to info@healthadvocatex.org. This Case Review will presented live, on zoom and is not recorded. We encourage participants to ask questions and share their experience. NOTE: This Case Review topic has changed due to family emergency from our previous speaker.

What is the Impact of Health Advocates? Take the Survey by December 20, 2022!

What is the impact of a patient or health care advocate being involved in patient care? Complete a brief, confidential online survey to help us find out. Don’t wait - the deadline to participate is January 20th!

Patients, caregivers, advocates, and medical professionals can answer this survey – your perspective is welcome!

The survey is available in Spanish and English. It is designed and run by experts and volunteer researchers who care about the patient experience and is not backed by pharmaceutical companies.

This activity is part of our participation in CHCAO, the Coalition of Health Care Advocacy Organizations. For more information on what we are doing, visit: chcao.org

XCenters Will Launch in 2023 – With Transgender Friendly Care XCenter
In 2023, HealthAdvocateX will be launching a new initiative called ‘X-Centers.’ The concept behind these centers is to provide credible, understandable and actionable information on a variety of topics through the lens of health advocacy. We want to highlight X-Centers as a Center for Excellence, where ‘X’ stands for every individual’s experience, a reference to the superscript X in our name, HealthAdvocateX.

We are excited to be partnering with Malynnda A. Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication at Indiana State University,
who is conducting research and developing training materials to improve trans friendly care with medical providers and patient advocates. Her goal is to incorporate actual experiences from the Trans population as well those who may have been or are advocates for patients.

For Advocates
We will be launching this X-Center with a 4-part Live (and On-Demand) training module that will also be available for BCPA continuing education. If you are an advocate interested in learning more or if you are interested in being listed as a trans friendly advocate resource, please contact us at info@healthadvocatex.org.

For Transgender Patients/Family Members
If you would be willing to be interviewed as part of the project or would be interested in learning more about transgender advocacy please let us know. She can be reached via email at Malynnda.johnson@indstate.edu
ICOPA On Demand
This on demand course covers recorded sessions from the ICOPA Conference (April 28-30, 2022). The whole conference is available as a bundle, and there is no option for individual session purchases. For ICOPA attendees who have already paid a registration fee, we are offering special pricing. 

Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA):
These sessions are available for BCPA CEs (9.5 CEs). Your purchase includes access to the event recordings that originally took place on April 28-30, 2022. It also includes materials related to the presentation (slides, Q&A, etc.).

In order to receive your BCPA 9.5 CE credits (with two counting as ethics CEs) as per PACB requirements, you must complete a post-assessment for each session. Instructions for how to access the recording and assessment will be provided via email after completing registration. Certificates will be delivered via email upon purchase. Completed and signed certificates must be sent to the Patient Advocate Certification Board in order to obtain credit.

Click the button below for more information on the individual sessions as well as the objectives and CE instructions
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/ 

HealthAdvocateX Calendar
January 16: Community Conversation (Register Here)
January 19: Case Review (HealthAdvocateX Members Only!)
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!
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Statement

Approved by the Board September 21, 2022
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Statement

Our mission is to help people transform into active participants and partners in their own health care. To make this possible, we must advocate for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) for all individuals.
We recognize that:
  • Racism is a public health issue that impacts various intersections and communities differently.
  • Each person is unique and therefore experiences health care differently.
  • Every individual deserves health advocacy regardless of their race, ethnicity, language, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, spiritual practice, financial status, education, geography, disability, mental and physical status, age, weight, substance use disorder or other factors. 
  • Our organization is uniquely positioned to raise awareness on IDEA in health and health care.
We are committed to:
  • Raising awareness about the importance of IDEA in health and health advocacy in all aspects of care.
  • Expanding diverse representation within our organization, expert presenters, and educational offerings.
  • Intentionally messaging our values, sharing IDEA expectations for ourselves, affiliated advocates, and partnering groups.
  • Creating space for respectful dialogue about representation, equitable access, and inclusive practices in health care and health advocacy.
  • Educating our community and participating in opportunities about IDEA events and exercises to keep these issues in the forefront of our work.
  • Implementing systems to ensure IDEA is pervasive in our organization.
We will reflect on our accomplishments with humility and grace. We will recognize our limitations and remain open to what we may not see or realize so that we can improve and or repair any harm. 
Land Acknowledgement

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