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This month we are celebrating Valentine's Day, President's Day and Black History Month. We are also celebrating that we have seen a decline of the Pandemic in many areas. As we emerge from this latest variant episode, we are reminded how vulnerable we all are, hopeful for a different time and aware of how important and powerful health advocacy is for everyone.

There has not been a more critical time of need for individuals, families and communities, and our role as health advocates has risen significantly to fulfill that need. There is always good that comes from rough times and I believe the health advocacy field has grown and met the greater challenge. As a field, we are maturing.

On a more personal note, our board and community were sad to learn that Robin lost her mom after a fall in her home in Hawaii in January. It is always hard to lose a loved one and especially a mother. I lost my mother at the age of 10 and it has molded me, my life and especially my passion. We all know how challenging loss can be and are giving Robin time, space and support for grieving and all that surrounds such a loss. Robin had to be her mother's advocate and felt she had tools that empowered her. She has also felt the support of family, friends and the Health Advocacy Community so, thank you.

We look forward to seeing you at our events coming up.



Beth Droppert
Vice Chair, HealthAdvocateX

To see our upcoming events or view our past events on demand, please visit: https://www.healthadvocatex.org/upcoming/ 
Professional Networking - March 2022
When: March 2, 2022 | 4pm – 5pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost: $15 for Members | $20 for Non-Members

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
Each networking session has a specific focus. If there are topics/ideas/speakers you would like to suggest, please email us at info@HealthAdvocateX.org

Community Conversation - March 2022
When: March 14, 2022 | 11am – 12pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)

Did you miss our most recent Community Conversation January 10, 2020 with Dr. Dale Reisner, Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality and Safety) at Swedish Health Services? Dr. Reisner discussed how the pandemic is heading towards and endemic, new guidance on masking, quarantines and testing. We are holding these conversations, free to the public, on a monthly basis the second Monday of the month at 2 pm ET/Noon CT/11 am PT. You can find the registration link on our website here, and feel free to view or share all our posted conversations, found on our Past Events page.

Case Review - A Benefit of Professional / Partner Membership
Thank you to HealthAdvocateX member and advocate Gerda Maissel, MD CPE, President of My MDAdvisor https://www.healthadvocatex.org/directory-listing/my-md-advisor/ for presenting a meaty case for Case Review on January 12, including some timely experiences with COVID-19 learnings. As a reminder, Case Review is held once a quarter and is open to Professional/Partner Members for free. This one-hour session is presented to help advocates learn in a peer-sharing environment. 100% of attendees who completed our survey found the session ‘extremely valuable.’ Don’t miss our next case review on April 14, 2022 at 7 pm ET/5 pm CT/4 pm PT.
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/ 

Other Events You May Enjoy
Pivoting Your Practice in a Changing Healthcare World

We’re excited to announce that YES! ICOPA 2022 will bring health and patient advocates together in person!

Early Registration ~ Save money!

We’ll be focused on fellowship AND safety: read our COVID policy, get registered, then plan to attend ICOPA

From networking, to excellent speakers, to educational opportunities, to networking, to CEs, to access to outstanding resources... and did we mention networking? There are so many great reasons to attend ICOPA in 2022!
All conference events will be held at the Westin O'Hare (Rosemont). Discounted guest rooms will be available.

We thank you for your support of ICOPA and hope to see you there!

HealthAdvocateX Calendar
March 2: Professional Networking (Register Here)
March 14: Community Conversation (Register Here)
April 11: Community Conversation (Register Here)
April 14: Case Review (HealthAdvocateX Members Only!)
April 28-30: ICOPA Conference (Register Here)
May 5: Professional Networking (Register Here)
May 9: Community Conversation (Register Here)
June 2: Professional Networking (Register Here)
June 13: Community Conversation (Register Here)
July 11: Community Conversation (Register Here)
July 14: Case Review (HealthAdvocateX Members Only!)
August 4: Professional Networking (Register Here)
August 8: Community Conversation (Register Here)
September 7: Professional Networking (Register Here)
September 12: Community Conversation (Register Here)
October 10: Community Conversation (Register Here)
October 13: Case Review (HealthAdvocateX Members Only!)
November 3: Professional Networking (Register Here)
November 14: Community Conversation (Register Here)
December 7: Professional Networking (Register Here)
December 12: 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: https://www.healthadvocatex.org/presentations/

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