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No One Should Count on Luck to Navigate Healthcare Successfully
5 Steps to TakeCHARGE – Launched During this Patient Safety Week

On St. Patrick’s Day, we always think about luck….but when facing a health care challenge no one should count on luck in helping us be successful – that is what advocacy is for! 

HealthAdvocateX is so proud to be part of a collective advocacy effort developed by Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy, called TakeCHARGE Campaign.

Why should you know about TakeCHARGE?
  • Simple messages to share with those you love, friends, your clients.
  • Your participation in sharing this information can literally save lives – isn’t that what we are all trying to do?
  • More voices will help more people know the basic actions to take to make sure all people are more involved in their healthcare.

Let’s all commit to the Five Steps:
  1. Understand and Complete Your Advance Directives 
  2. Keep a Record of Your Medical History and Current Medications 
  3. Prepare for Doctor Visits/Make a List of Questions
  4. Prevent Infections/Ask Caregivers To Wash Their Hands
  5. Use an Advocate/Be an Advocate for Others

What Should you DO?
Please consider promoting TakeCHARGE by posting on social media.  Here is a little video that would help!  https://youtu.be/Ir6v6VnV-WA
Here's to your good health,

Robin Shapiro (Board Chair) and the Team at HealthAdvocateX
We are partnering with CampaignZERO on this FREE Webinar in honor of Patient Safety Week. Join us as we welcome Sue McWilliams DNP, MSN, RN Assistant Clinical Professor, Northern Arizona University, School of Nursing who will be teaching this course.

Health Literacy: The New Vital Sign
When: March 30, 2021 | 8am – 9am (PST)
Where: Online via Zoom
Cost: FREE to Attend | CEs Available for Purchase

This one-hour webinar will discuss health literacy and the impact on patient care. Learn who is at risk for low health literacy and the importance of this new vital sign for you and your client. The webinar will discuss the role of social media and how it may impact your client’s health. The speaker will identify specific steps you can take to help your advocacy clients. This program is being co-hosted by CampaignZERO.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify leading causes of low health literacy.
2. Describe the impact low health literacy has on health outcomes.
3. Explain the impact of social media on health literacy.
This webinar has been approved for 1 BCPA CE.

This webinar has been approved for 1 BCPA CE.

How Would You Like to Join?
Interested in becoming a HealthAdvocateX Member? Click here to learn more.
Case Review –
April 7 – 7 pm ET/4 pm PT
Case Review - March 2021
When: April 7, 2021 | 4pm – 5:30pm (PST)
Where: Online via Zoom
Cost: FREE! (for Professional & Partner Members Only)

How do you learn about best practices in health advocacy?  HealthAdvocateX is hosting our quarterly Case Review for Professional/Partner Members only.  Case Review delves deeply into a particular health advocacy case, with the goal of identifying best practices, lessons learned and specific resources to help professional advocates.  This free event is a benefit of membership.  To be registered please contact us at info@healthadvocatex.org with your member number.
Interested in becoming a HealthAdvocateX Member? Click here to learn more.
Partner News
Welcome New Partner Member!
Experienced patient advocate in national practice since 1990 with background in estate administration and palliative/hospice care certification. Experienced negotiator with proven record.

Private patient advocate in national practice since 1990, w/ offices in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and Reno. Experienced with in-patient advocacy (physician and hospital accompaniment, discharge planning,) advance healthcare planning, medical billing negotiation, Medicare and private insurance appeals, review of insurance coverage options, certified and palliative care counselor w/ droplet precaution training. Equipped with own medical-grade PPE. Experienced estate administrator.

Visit their website at www.SoulSherpa.net
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.  
Other Programs / Events / Opportunities You May Enjoy
This is a hit-the-road-running training program for the seasoned nurse who is fed up with working in hospitals and is ready to use their years of expertise and “street smarts” to help save patients’ lives, lower frustration and save valuable resources for clients who REALIZE a good nurse’s value and are willing to pay us what we are worth to help them safely navigate complex healthcare challenges!
You are invited to a live webinar with Danielle Marshall, the Executive Director of the Patient Advocate Certification Board to discuss the Job Analysis Study that the Patient Advocate Certification Board is currently conducting.

The goal of the webinar will be to share what a Job Task Analysis is, why it is being conducted now and how the results of the study will support the patient advocacy industry. The webinar will explain why YOUR participation is important to the success of the project and how the results will benefit patient advocates.

Note: It is important the survey has a broad sampling of the industry, so please share this invite with your colleagues! NAHAC is sponsoring this FREE CE webinar for all involved in the practice of patient/health advocacy.

Program Objectives:
  1. Learn what a Job Task Analysis is and why it is important to the practice of patient/health advocacy.
  2. Discuss why having a broad scope of the industry involved in patient/health advocacy should participate.

CE Credits: Board Certified Patient Advocates will receive 1 contact hour for attending the webinar based on Element 6 of the Best Practices and Competencies: Professionalism, Professional Development, and Practice which states that professional advocates should keep abreast of laws, policies, research developments, and trends that affect the practice of patient advocacy

We ask that you bring your questions to the webinar so Danielle can address them as part of the webinar. You can enter them into the Comment Section when you register.
Wondering What to Do for Tomorrow –
National Health Care Decisions Day?
This Thursday (03/18) Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest (HCPNW) will offer a Monthly Educational Webinar at 12 Noon PT.

With the theme, The System, by considering how we can prepare it for impact. The session will take a deeper look at HCPNW’s toolkits for National Healthcare Decisions Day, listen to how one group is using what’s offered, and collaborate for ways to boost each other for success. The session will also highlight changes with the HCPNW advance directive and POLST.
If you haven’t registered for the 2021 series, you can do so here. In the meantime, revisit HCPNW’s NHDD website as well as the promo kit page.
Also, we are having office hours to help with NHDD planning on Thursday, March 25, 12-1 PM meeting at this Zoom link. No registration is needed.
HealthAdvocateX Calendar
March 30: Health Literacy: The New Vital Sign (Learn More)
April 7: Case Review (for Professional & Partner Members only)
April 12: Community Conversation - More Info Coming Soon! (Register Here)
May 6: Professional Networking (Register Here)
May 10: Community Conversation (Register Here)
May 16: This Might Hurt - Virtual screening for health advocates - More Info Coming Soon!
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 4-5: **Save the Date** HealthAdvocateX Annual Conference
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!

Do you have something you would like to share with the HealthAdvocateX community?

Please submit ideas to info@HealthAdvocateX.org