This New Year is a Fresh Start....What Will You Be Doing?
We are so grateful for the New Year to begin - WELCOME 2021!  I don't know about you, but I always relish some time off to re-connect with family and friends and while this year how we did that was quite different, it gave me an opportunity to spend time in new ways.  
When I have a chunk of time off, I like to indulge in 'time-wasting' activities like jigsaw puzzles. The one above was a 1,000 piece beauty. The first week, I had help from my daughter.  I find that puzzling helps my mind think and process in different ways - instead of the logical brain finding the connections, sometimes I let my subconscious connect color patterns or shapes. I am always surprised when I find the one piece that fits perfectly from the 1,000 pieces on the first try!
What does this have to do with Advocacy?  I think that health advocacy uses all our brain power to find new and different ways of looking at common, seemingly unsolvable problems of health and health care. With the new year stretched out in front of HealthAdvocateX, we would love to know:
  • What will you be doing new this year?
  • What do you hope happens in the year ahead?
  • Who will you be surrounding yourself with to make it happen?
  • What will you be letting go?
In 2021, HealthAdvocateX will be changing (from WASHAA)...but we are not quite all there yet!
As we mentioned in our December eNews...This essentially means that our systems may be down (or unavailable during certain periods) and our websites, phones, emails may not work perfectly during this time.  We pride ourselves on being responsive but we ask that you practice patience as we are converting our systems to upgrade to a more modern, functional platform. NOTE:  We will be doing our best to launch our website, WWW.HEALTHADVOCATEX.ORG, but our website will be available until all aspects of our new website function without incidence.  
We are also planning for 2021 and have now posted our calendar of events - please take note of regularly scheduled Community Conversations, Networking Events and our Annual Conference will be scheduled for November 4-5, 2021.
We welcome your ideas as we forge a new and renewed pathway to collaborate and support advocacy in all aspects of health and healthcare.  Here's to a new year and here is to YOU!  We can't wait for what is coming next!

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

We are continuing our Community Conversations as monthly programs on topics related to COVID-19. Our first Community Conversation of the year will be an 'open conversation' with an update from WASHAA Board Member and Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality & Safety) at Swedish Health Services, Dale Reisner, MD.  Bring your questions for this free discussion open to patients, families, advocates and medical providers. 

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. 

Partner News
The Patient Advocate Certification Board (PACB) announced several advances including new eligibility criteria for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPAs) and a new exam vendor. Read the PACB announcement here:  

PACB is also in the process of launching an online tool is designed to assist individuals in assessing readiness to sit for the Board Certified Patient Advocate Exam. The Readiness Quiz represents a high-level summary of the core tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities required of an entry level patient advocate. Candidates who complete the quiz receive a score along with general interpretations of readiness. 

The Quiz, should be available at:

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!

Have you been looking for an easy way to learn meditation practices and techniques?  Dr. Brad Lichtenstein, the founder of The Breath Space offers free, 20-30 minute meditations every Monday and Thursday at 8 am Pacific.  

January 11: 2021 Updates on COVID-19 (Register Here)
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:

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 [email protected]

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