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What a weird and wonderful summer! While we have still been navigating the pandemic, it has felt so good to begin to actually see (and hug) family and friends. Next week I am celebrating my birthday (I am a Leo, so I am not shy about my birthday!). Celebrating my own birthday makes me curious about how others mark their day – and how they feel about it. Everyone has their own way of viewing and doing it differently. Birthdays are a great way to connect with people and if you missed a loved one or colleagues birthday because of the pandemic – mark it right now when the weather is good! 

The pandemic has taught us that we cannot take our relationships for granted….or our health. We have to not only look at the future but really focus on here, today. That is why our HealthAdvocateX National Conference November 4-5, 2021 will focus on Health Advocacy Now: Lessons from the Pandemic. It is meant to help us all make sense of what has happened: in healthcare, in our society, to us individually. There is still a lot that we don’t know about the virus and while we might feel weary about discussing it – it is important to put it into context and make sure we are responding to pursue the health that we all deserve.

I hope you will mark your calendar, plan on participating (or even sponsoring). If you have ideas about how to improve the conference from last year, we are all ears – we are planning so contact us!
Here's to your good health,

Robin Shapiro (Board Chair) and the Team at HealthAdvocateX
HealthAdvocateX is excited to announce our National Conference Topic – ‘Health Advocacy Now: Lessons From the Pandemic’ will now be open for speakers to submit proposals through August 15. Please submit your ideas here and watch for updates for the 2021 Conference here.

Early Bird tickets are now available here:
Professional Networking - August 2021
When: August 4, 2021 | 4pm – 5:30pm (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. This session will include YOUR Experience with how you evaluate client prospects. 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 ProfessionalNetworking 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 - More COVID Updates
When: August 9, 2021 | 11am – 12pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost: FREE!

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.
Partner News

Welcome New Partner Member!
Guiding your journey through illness and aging…

Patient Navigator LLC offers patient advocacy services in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and nationwide. Since 2004, Patient Navigator has helped hundreds of clients solve problems, find resources, conquer the medical maze, design care plans, and learn how to become their own best advocates. We are here for you if you've been frustrated by the specialist merry-go-round; you're facing a difficult diagnosis, sudden illness or chronic disease; you're an adult child navigating the care of aging parents and much more. We are competent, compassionate guides for your journey through illness and aging. Call us for a complimentary consultation.
Visit their website at: www.PatientNavigator.com
Other Programs / Events / Opportunities You May Enjoy
Virginia Mason Grief Services is excited to invite you to a 2-day Summer Symposium on grief and trauma interventions,with a focus on Restorative Retelling. 

Day One, four experts will speak about their work:
  • Restorative Retelling with Children: Grief and Trauma Intervention (GTI), presented by Alison Salloum, PhD, LCSW
  • How Restorative Retelling Compares to other Exposure Models, presented by Joah L. Williams, Ph.D.
  • America's Effort to Bring Better Bereavement Care and Protections for All, presented by Joyal Mulheron, Founder & Executive Director, Evermore
  • Law & Ethics of Telehealth: WA Telemedicine Training, presented by Eric Ström, JD, PhD, LMHC
Day Two, four Restorative Retelling providers will dive deeper into Restorative Retelling to share lessons learned along the way that have enhanced the effectiveness of the model.
  • Restorative Retelling in ActionCase Presentation, Presented by Dr. Ted Rynearson (1 hour).
  • Digging Deeper into Restorative Retelling, Presented by Laura Takacs, LICSW, MPH, Vilma Torres, LMSWand Tanya Jimenez-Ortiz, LMSW (5 hours of instruction)
Have you already taken the Job Task Force Analysis Survey (JTA) for Patient Advocates, developed by the Patient Advocate Certification Board? If you are committed to advancing the field of advocacy, and whether or not you intend to become BCPA-certified, the survey can help advance the profession of health and patient advocacy by identifying and validating tasks and knowledge important in the work performed by Patient Advocates.

Please contact PACB to see if you qualify for a BCPA CE when taking the survey.

This study will help ALL Advocates by continuing to define the profession.Please consider taking the Survey before August 30 – it will take an hour – but will be worth it to continue to advance the field.

Find a link to the survey here:
HealthAdvocateX Calendar
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: HealthAdvocateX Annual Conference (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