Martin Luther King Day honors the life of a fighter for racial justice and equality.  In Dr. King's 'I Have A Dream Speech,' here are some of the lines that are more relevant today than ever:

8 "I Have A Dream" speech quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.
"I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream."
"I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed - we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood."
"We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back."
"We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt."
"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

As we remember Martin Luther King, Jr, on this special day, there are many challenges we face.  While our country has felt very divided on many issues, while COVID-19 has forced us to live our lives differently, today is a day to re-commit to fighting to help all people live better.  Health and healthcare is an area that we can all contribute to helping.  

Where are you helping?  Where can we, the HealthAdvocateX community have more impact?

There is much work to do and we welcome your ideas and participation in upcoming events.
Here's to your good health,

From Robin Shapiro (Board Chair) and the Team at HealthAdvocateX

Community Conversation with Dr. Vin Gupta - 
Acute & Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

February 8, 2021 | 11am (PT) / 2pm (ET)

Join us as we welcome NBC and MSNBC Medical Contributor Dr. Vin Gupta, Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, UW Medicine along with Dr. Dale Reisner, Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality and Safety) at Swedish Health Services.   This discussion will focus on the current state of knowledge on the long-term impacts of COVID-19 infection, provide guidance on how our health system must support individuals with this condition, and detail other considerations as our country navigates our way out of this crisis.  We hope to be offering 1 BCPA CE as part of this Community Conversation.  This live event is free and open to the public.

1. Understand the clinical characteristics of long COVID-19 syndrome.
2. Understand the potential medical needs of this patient population.
3. Discuss the importance of vaccination and continued mitigation efforts for this patient population.

From the networking meeting feedback, we have a list of topics and a desire to meet more often. We will be meeting twice a quarter and will be flexible about the formatting of the national networking meetings to address your interests.  One of the top topics advocates would like help with is finding and organizing resources. 

Other Events You May Enjoy
Join Bree Collaborative and Washington Health Alliance on Thursday January 21, 2020 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm for the first of a four-part webinar series sponsored by Cambia Grove. Hear from national and local leaders to learn about specific steps we can all take to collectively impact the social and moral determinants of health.

Sara Singleton, Principal at Leavitt Partners, LLC, and advisor to the National Alliance to Impact Social Determinants of Health (NASDOH) will share lessons learned and resources from their multi-sector partnerships.

Alison Poulsen, Executive Director of Better Health Together, will talk about local partnerships they have made to collectively address the root cause of social need.

More local speakers coming soon!


January 22 - January 24

You may have remembered that our 2019 Conference focused on Understanding Pain and Healing (and CEs/Online sessions are still available here).
Dr. David Hanscom is leading a virtual conference January 22-24. This summit will focus on the primary keys to the pain problem: Central nervous system activity and the autonomic nervous system's roles in modulating the metabolic, endocrine, and immune responses to threat through the lens of the Polyvagal theory. 

 This 3-day course will be structured as follows:
  • Day 1: The framework of the nature of pain and the body's response to sustained threat.
  • Day 2: The principles behind the solutions for addressing chronic pain with the new pain paradigm - Calming the autonomic nervous system and re-routing the central nervous system.
  • Day 3: Tools to take home - an overview of evidence-based interventions that create safety and reduce pain.
The goal of this summit is to present a deep analysis of the body's response to threat and to provide the scientific understanding and clinical practices that will enable clinicians and patients to create a shift to safety.  

February 4: Professional Networking (Register Here)
February 8: Community Conversation (Register Here)
March 3: Professional Networking (Register Here)
March 8: Community Conversation (Register Here)
April 7: Case Review (for Professional & Partner Members only)
April 12: Community Conversation (Register Here)
May 6: Professional Networking (Register Here)
May 10: Community Conversation (Register Here)
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 5-6: HealthAdvocateX Annual Conference **SAVE THE DATE!**
December 2: Professional Networking (Register Here)
December 13: Community Conversation (Register Here)

Although 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:

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