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I have been visiting family since the conference and reflecting on the fantastic speakers and excellent networking. It was wonderful to see so many members of our HealthAdvocateX community at our Conference last week. We are beginning to receive feedback and survey results based on your experience participating in the conference.
Here are some comments from people attending the conference:
  • “Overall...very engaging and dynamic.”
  • “A great mix of experts on the field of advocacy.”
  • “The conference was very well organized and the topics were really meaningful!”
If you weren’t able to attend the conference but registered, you can view the sessions until May 2022. If you did not register for the conference but are interested in the sessions, we will soon be posting them on our www.HealthAdvocateX.org website (both with CEs and free sessions if you do not want CEs.).
As we head into this special season, there is a lot to be grateful for. We hope that you continue to stay safe and look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events soon!
Here’s to your good health,

Robin Shapiro (Board Chair) and the Team at HealthAdvocateX

When: November 17, 2021 | 12pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost:  $0-$40 (Free and discounted CE rates for NAHAC and HealthAdvocateX Members)

The vast majority of mental and physical symptoms are created in response to physiological changes. In a sustained fight or flight neurochemical profile, it is well documented that people develop serious illness and disease. Modern medicine is focused on treating symptoms instead addressing the root cause of the interaction between a person’s stresses and capacity to process them. Understanding the problem allows it to be solved.
In this webinar, Dr. Hanscom will help attendees learn how to solve and prevent chronic disease by understanding the principles behind what causes them. Understanding and embedding these of concepts allows clients to continually practice them. This contrasts with patients and families randomly learning techniques to fix themselves. The process gives people control of regulating your body’s physiology from one of threat state to safety. Attendees will learn new skills they can in their practice.

  1. Understand that the creation of symptoms results from the dynamic interaction between a person’s circumstances and his or her coping capacity. When stress overwhelms the nervous system, the body goes into threat physiology. In a state of sustained fight or flight, people become seriously ill.
  2. Learn skills to decrease the exposure to this adverse neurochemical state. By addressing all aspects of this interaction, chronic diseases can be prevented and many reversed.
  3. Recognize the essence of chronic disease is the sustained exposure to threat and the solution lies in creating safety.
  4. Help patients to understand how to advocate for themselves to ensure they receive the care to meet their needs.

David Hanscom, MD practiced complex orthopedic spine surgery for 32 years. He quit his Seattle, WA practice in 2019 to present his insights into solving chronic pain. He eventually discovered that mental pain is the biggest issue. Anxiety is the pain.
His book, Back in Control is the basis for his treatment process. The DOC (Direct your Own Care) Journey at www.thedocjourney.com is his most recent self-directed action plan. 
Continuing the Conversation – What We Learned From the Conference To Help Your Practice

Networking - December 2021
When: December 2, 2021 | 4pm – 5:30pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)

We will be continuing the conversations we started at the conference. The conference will be gathering feedback on what is important and most on the minds of advocates across the country. Participate in small group networking as we discuss how we can identify some specific action items to take into the end of the year.

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

Interested in becoming a HealthAdvocateX Member? Click here to learn more.

Community Conversation - December 2021
When: December 13, 2021 | 11am – 12pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)

We will host our monthly Community Conversation with Dr. Dale Reisner, MD, Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality and Safety) at Swedish Health Services. The topic will be updates on the pandemic where we will review the latest stats and sort out information we know and do not know about COVID-19. Please join us for this free monthly conversation.

In case you missed this week’s Community Conversation, we had a great COVID-19 Review with Dr. Dale Reisner, MD and special speaker Lori Prutsman, The Burnout Coach, who shared common signs of burnout, how burnout impacts healthcare workers and some specific strategies for dealing with burnout. 

Check out a recording of the session and Lori's slides here:
HealthAdvocateX Calendar
November 17: Dynamic Healing: Addressing the Root Causes of Chronic Illness (Register Here)
December 2: Professional Networking (Register Here)
December 13: 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: http://www.washaa.org/request-a-presentation.html

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