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We are so fortunate to have tireless, committed, experienced leaders in health advocacy --whom we know and love -- sharing and continuing to educate us all! That’s what I was thinking when Ilene Corina, President and Founder of Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy, joined Dr. Dale Reisner for this month’s Community Conversation focused on informed decision-making and in honor of Health Care Decisions Day. 
The picture below was based on a tip to motivate hospital staff to wash their hands (typically 50% or fewer wash their hands – even today!). If you missed our Community Conversation, please consider watching it here (or passing it along) as it is chocked full of good strategies: https://www.healthadvocatex.org/community-conversation-april-2023/  
In this E-news, we are also highlighting Dr. Heidi Kummer’s lecture on Patient Advocacy, and two conferences that may be of interest to you! 
We hope that you will take advantage of learning from these luminaries in health advocacy and hope to see you at the Fall Conference in New Orleans! 
Thank you Ilene Corina, founder and President of PULSE for Great Tips at our
April 10 Community Conversation! 
Be well, 

Robin Shapiro and the Team at HealthAdvocateX 

Get ready, Advocates! The Coalition of Health Care Advocacy Organizations (CHCAO) is teaming up with the Healthcare Advocate Summit to bring you the Independent Patient and Health Care Advocate Education Track in September 2023, right in the heart of New Orleans! Since day one, the Healthcare Advocate Summit team has recognized the importance of Professional Advocates in all settings. They are excited to collaborate with CHCAO to expand CE offerings this year! 
This event allows us to bring our independent patient and health care advocate community together in person for top-notch programming to build your skills and set the tone for the future of Professional Patient and Health Care Advocacy. In addition, the conference is a prime opportunity to grow and spread awareness of independent advocacy and Board Certified Patient Advocates. 
Headlining presentations will feature the Impact of Patient and Health Care Advocate Survey data and highlight advocates’ crucial role in care teams. Breakout sessions will dive deep into specialized skills, like working in extreme patient care scenarios and important industry initiatives around justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. So elevate your advocacy game, and join us! 


Interested in helping make this great? 
Join us as a Volunteer! - Apply on Our Website!
We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans! 
Community Conversation - May 2023

When: Monday, May 8, 2023 11am – 12pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost: FREE!

Speakers Include:
Michael L. Millenson is an internationally recognized expert on making American health care better, safer and more patient-centered.
Dale Reisner, MD, Healthcare Quality Improvement Consultant and former Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality and Safety) at Swedish Health Services
Last week, BUSPH’s Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights presented the Annual Shine Lecture featuring Heidi Kummer, MD, MPH, BCPA  who spoke about patient and health care advocacy. Dr. Kummer is the founder of the independent practice 3C PatientAdvocacy and has served as President of the Patient Advocate Certification Board since 2021. 
Watch it here: https://lnkd.in/eWrDmMcX 
Boston University School of Public Health’s Center for Health Law, Ethics &Human Rights presents the annual Cathy Shine lecture. The lecture honors the memory of Cathy Shine and her dedication to the rights of all those in need of care.  
Registration is now open for the 10th Annual World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit on June 1-2, 2023, in Newport Beach, California. This will be the first in-person event since the pandemic, and it coincides with celebrating our 10-year anniversary. 

This event will provide you a unique opportunity to widen your network of like-minded individuals who are passionate about creating a safer healthcare system. Please join the summit to participate in developing practical solutions and discuss challenges that we face in our current healthcare systems. 

This year’s summit includes five keynote speeches, eight featured talks, and seven panel discussions on the most current state of patient safety, challenges and solutions, technology advancements, and the science of implementing evidence-based practices. 

Please visit our event page for more details: https://psmf.org/events/ 
XCenters Will Launch in 2023 – With Transgender Friendly Care XCenter
In 2023, HealthAdvocateX will be launching a new initiative called ‘X-Centers.’ The concept behind these centers is to provide credible, understandable and actionable information on a variety of topics through the lens of health advocacy. We want to highlight X-Centers as a Center for Excellence, where ‘X’ stands for every individual’s experience, a reference to the superscript X in our name, HealthAdvocateX.

We are excited to be partnering with Malynnda A. Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication at Indiana State University, who is conducting research and developing training materials to improve trans friendly care with medical providers and patient advocates. Her goal is to incorporate actual experiences from the Trans population as well those who may have been or are advocates for patients.

For Advocates
We will be launching this X-Center with a 4-part Live (and On-Demand) training module that will also be available for BCPA continuing education. If you are an advocate interested in learning more or if you are interested in being listed as a trans friendly advocate resource, please contact us at info@HealthAdvocateX.org.

For Transgender Patients/Family Members
If you would be willing to be interviewed as part of the project or would be interested in learning more about transgender advocacy please let us know. She can be reached via email at Malynnda.Johnson@indstate.edu
ICOPA On Demand
This on demand course covers recorded sessions from the ICOPA Conference (April 28-30, 2022). The whole conference is available as a bundle, and there is no option for individual session purchases. For ICOPA attendees who have already paid a registration fee, we are offering special pricing. 

Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA):
These sessions are available for BCPA CEs (9.5 CEs). Your purchase includes access to the event recordings that originally took place on April 28-30, 2022. It also includes materials related to the presentation (slides, Q&A, etc.).

In order to receive your BCPA 9.5 CE credits (with two counting as ethics CEs) as per PACB requirements, you must complete a post-assessment for each session. Instructions for how to access the recording and assessment will be provided via email after completing registration. Certificates will be delivered via email upon purchase. Completed and signed certificates must be sent to the Patient Advocate Certification Board in order to obtain credit.

Click the button below for more information on the individual sessions as well as the objectives and CE instructions
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/ 

HealthAdvocateX Calendar
May 8: Community Conversation - May 2023 (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!
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Statement

Approved by the Board September 21, 2022
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Statement

Our mission is to help people transform into active participants and partners in their own health care. To make this possible, we must advocate for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) for all individuals.
We recognize that:
  • Racism is a public health issue that impacts various intersections and communities differently.
  • Each person is unique and therefore experiences health care differently.
  • Every individual deserves health advocacy regardless of their race, ethnicity, language, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, spiritual practice, financial status, education, geography, disability, mental and physical status, age, weight, substance use disorder or other factors. 
  • Our organization is uniquely positioned to raise awareness on IDEA in health and health care.
We are committed to:
  • Raising awareness about the importance of IDEA in health and health advocacy in all aspects of care.
  • Expanding diverse representation within our organization, expert presenters, and educational offerings.
  • Intentionally messaging our values, sharing IDEA expectations for ourselves, affiliated advocates, and partnering groups.
  • Creating space for respectful dialogue about representation, equitable access, and inclusive practices in health care and health advocacy.
  • Educating our community and participating in opportunities about IDEA events and exercises to keep these issues in the forefront of our work.
  • Implementing systems to ensure IDEA is pervasive in our organization.
We will reflect on our accomplishments with humility and grace. We will recognize our limitations and remain open to what we may not see or realize so that we can improve and or repair any harm. 

Land Acknowledgement

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