I am sure you are watching the changes our country is facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has been disheartening to see our cases rise so sharply in the last week or so.  We have heard from many community members that you are looking forward to more Community Conversations, our periodic updates on topics related to COVID-19 and its impact.  We took a little break to regroup and look at speakers and topics that are of interest to you.
Feel free to share your ideas for topics and speakers, by sending us an email at  info@washaa.org.
Also, we are putting together our speakers and topics for our Annual Conference, which will be held virtually this year on November 6.  Our topic is Whole Person Advocacy: Integrating Mental Health.  We will be sending out details for registration soon!
In the meantime, mask-up...stay safe and remember to be smart about physical distancing, mask use and handwashing.  We will get through this!
To your health,


Robin Shapiro
WASHAA Board Chair

Join experienced advocates working in the Northwest who are interested in sharing success and challenges in working in the field for networking, especially in the time of COVID-19. Join advocates and other professionals who support advocates and patients for a peer-to-peer sharing event. Bring questions, challenges and success.  This discussion will be hosted by WASHAA Board Chair Robin Shapiro via Zoom.

Together, we transform the healthcare experience. 

We, at The Bridge Health Advocates, want a world in which everyone has access  to a health advocate and is empowered on their journey to health.  We are working  towards that goal by providing  unparalleled health advocacy and business training  while supporting a dynamic community of professional health advocates. Whether  you are creating a new advocacy business or need assistance with your current  business, we have a solution for you through a customized business in a box plan 
or personalized mentoring. We also offer courses that teach the practical aspects  of health advocacy via interactive Zoom meetings. Let us know how we can  help you on your health advocacy journey.
We would love to connect with you today. 

See what we have to offer at  www.BridgeHealthAdvocates.com

NShore Patient Advocates is Chicago's largest RN-only private advocacy firm in Chicagoland.

Our advanced level, clinically experienced  nurses specialize in medically complex, fragile  clients with intricate needs. We work closely  with medical professionals to assure that our  clients stay in the center of the care model. We  put the "care" back into healthcare!

Check at our website at www.NorthShoreRN.com 

Other Meetings & Events You Might Enjoy

Nutrition & Mental Health Webinar
Banister is partnering with clinical Registered Dietitian Ginger Hultin to explore the intersection of nutrition and mental health. 

The Brain on Food | How Nutrition Can Support Clients' Mental Health (Trainer, Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, CSO)
  • How does nutrition influence mental health?
  • How do you have a bias-free conversation about nutrition? 
This interactive workshop explores the connection between brain health and diet, giving providers tools to incorporate nutrition into treatment plans. Hultin covers ways diet influences mental health from mood, memory and concentration to specific diagnoses such as anxiety/depression, ADHD, and schizophrenia. Participants will learn how to have a culturally responsive conversation about nutrition that respects all body shapes and considers budget.

Cost = $45 per person

2 Dates
  • Tuesday Afternoon, July 7, from 1:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Tuesday Evening, July 14, from 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM   
Learning Outcomes
  • Better understand how nutrients are critical to brain health
  • Discover ways that blood sugar levels affect mood
  • Review strategies providers can use to avoid weight bias in their practice
  • Learn ways to communicate with clients that avoid racial or weight bias
  • Explore other lifestyle factors that can influence both diet and mental health
  • This program has been approved for 2 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-459
  • This program has been approved for 2 CEUs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. RDNs & NDTRs are eligible. 
About Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, CSO
Ginger Hultin received her MS in nutrition from Bastyr University in 2011 and completed her dietetic internship at the Edward Hines Jr Veterans Affairs Hospital in Chicago in 2012. She worked as a clinical registered dietitian nutritionist for 5 years at Lutheran General Hospital and the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, both in the Chicago area. In Seattle, she worked as a dietitian manager and special projects lead at biotech start-up, Arivale, specializing in nutrigenomics until she launched her current company, Champagne Nutrition® in 2019, with a focus on integrative care for complex conditions taking an individualized approach to health. Ginger has also taught at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health as adjunct clinical faculty since 2015, working with master's level students in the clinical setting of this community clinic that serves a diverse population with complex medical needs in the Seattle area. She provides training for dietitians around the world; most recently visiting Kuwait for a seminar on the health benefits of plant-based nutrition.

Navigating through Grief & Loss with Creative Expression
SoulCollage - An Online Class by The Grateful Death
Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT

Grief. It surrounds us. Sometimes it's difficult to find words to define the complicated emotions that accompany it. SoulCollage®️ is a non-verbal, non-threatening way to express your emotions creatively.
Grief is a sacred expression of love - a numinous sorrow and its unique to each individual. When we set ourselves free from the suffering, healing can begin. SoulCollage ®️ empowers you by revealing the wisdom you keep within you. 

SoulCollage®️is ...
  • A nonthreatening, non-verbal creative expression of the emotions we keep inside. 
  • A process of selecting images and arranging them in a way that speaks to you. 
  • Allows space for creative freedom with a heartfelt community that resonates with your emotional state.
  • Connects you to your own inner knowing which creates pathways for healing.
  • Will Absolutely Amaze You!
In this workshop you will:
  1. Gain basic knowledge of the SoulCollage®️Process
  2. Create your own SoulCollage®Cards
  3. Gather in a Heart-Centered Community
  4. Reinvest in Yourself!

November 6: WASHAA Annual Meeting (Topic - Whole Person Advocacy: Connecting Mental & Physical Health)

WASHAA Calendar

June 30: Professional Networking Meeting ( Register Here)
July 23: Case Review (Members Only)
September 17: Professional Networking Meeting
October 7: Case Review (Members Only)
November 6: WASHAA Annual Meeting (Topic - Whole Person Advocacy: Connecting Mental & Physical Health)
December 6: Professional Networking Meeting

Although WASHAA 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 WASHAA community?

Please submit ideas to 

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