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This month HealthAdvocateX is especially focused on our IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) work. You might be wondering why our programs and focus is increasingly in this area? Health Advocacy is a social justice movement, but right now there is an over representation of white/older/women involved. Until we can expand the number and type of advocates with myriad backgrounds and experiences and make ALL advocates aware of the impact of race and racism on health disparities, we will not be able to support individuals and their families optimally in their quest for better health and healthcare. 
Please join us for our Community Conversation, March 13 where Patient Advocate Certification Board (PACB) Executive Director Danielle Marshall will discuss why and how patient advocates with a BCPA will be required to include J.E.D.I. (Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion) CEs starting this year in order to renew certification. 
We also hope you will join us for a very special live virtual screening of Race to Be Human, a film that explains basic and foundational concepts of race and racism. We will follow the film screening with an outstanding panel of health advocacy experts (see story below). 
Want to get involved in our efforts? We would love to hear from you at info@healthadvocatex.org
Be well, 
Robin Shapiro and the Team at HealthAdvocateX 
Understanding Today’s COVID Stats and Discussion About Justice Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work by the Patient Advocate Community.

When: Monday, March 13, 2023 11 am – Noon (Live, then on-Demand)

Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost: FREE to the Public!

In our third year dealing with COVID-related Community Conversations, this month will focus on the current COVID-19 updates and current work in the health and patient advocate community to focus on improving health disparities through justice work in health advocacy. This session is free and open to the public and will be recorded. 
Danielle Marshall, Executive Director, Patient Advocate Certification Board 
Dale Reisner, MD, Healthcare Quality Improvement Consultant and former Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality and Safety) at Swedish Health Services
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
We will also be hosting a special virtual screening of RACE to Be Human with a special post-film panel with Health Care Leaders. 

Please save the date for March 27, 2023 4-8 pm PT/7-9 pm ET. REGISTER Now for March 27, 2023, 4-5:30 PT/7-8:30 ET (register here)

Race and racism contributes highly to health disparities. If you are part of the health advocacy community, you are invested in valuing the pursuit of helping all people get the health care they deserve. For people of color and other marginalized communities, the pursuit of the health care everyone deserves has different barriers that all advocates and anyone who cares about advocacy should know about. 
This film, Race to Be HUMAN is a good basic primer on race and racism. The follow up panel discussion will feature three health and health advocacy leaders: 

Panelist include: 
Dr. Nwando Anyaoku
Chief Health Equity Officer, Providence/Swedish Health Services
Dr. Nwando Anyaoku is a physician executive, speaker, coach and consultant based in Seattle Washington. A pediatrician by training, she serves as the Chief Health Equity Officer for Providence Swedish Health Services. In this capacity, she works with clinical and community leaders to advance equity in healthcare, and culturally competent care delivery. She is also a great advocate for protecting and elevating health equity through technology and digital innovation.
Annie Gardiner
Retired Health Care Advocate
 Annie Gardiner is a retired health care advocate, white anti-racist activist, and co-founder of Bay Area Health Care Advocates. She’s worked primarily with people who are navigating medical care and rehab post-stroke, and with people managing neurocognitive conditions. Annie presents on the role of health care advocacy in building racial equity. She values communication, seeks to model how white people can work toward racial justice in meaningful ways, and welcomes difficult and healing conversations. 
Dr. Nicole Rochester
Health and Patient Advocate
Dr. Nicole Rochester is a Board-certified pediatrician with over 20 years of experience caring for patients and families. Her decision to leave clinical medicine in 2017 to launch a professional health advocacy and consulting company, Your GPS Doc, LLC, was inspired by her own caregiving journey. She is also a speaker, author, and media contributor. Dr. Rochester is a passionate champion for health equity and believes that health advocacy is a key tool for eliminating health disparities in marginalized communities.
This film will be screened LIVE on March 27 at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET and will follow up with a panel discussion where you can ask questions and interact with this outstanding panel. 
The film and recorded panel will be available for just one week post-event (until April 3)
A LIMITED number of tickets is available, according to our license, so please register today:

This event will be available (for one week only) for 1.5 BCPA CEs in the J.E.D.I. category, a new required category by the Patient Advocate Certification Board. For more information, attend our Community Conversation March 13, 2023 or Click here to view the PAC Board Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion statement 
HealthAdvocateX is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and inclusion (IDEA), please read our statement here: Diversity Statement
Read Recent Report from Dollar For
on Patient Medical Debt
DOLLAR FOR, An Organization fighting Patient Debt Issued a New Report Found:
Most Oregon hospital financial assistance programs 
  1. are not compliant with the law
  2. fail to bring in hospital revenue
  3. and leave thousands of patients with court judgments 
  4. for medical debt they cannot and should not have to pay. 

Click here to read the report
Medical debt continues to be a huge problem for individuals and families in the United States. To hear more about how patients might qualify to be released from debt,

check out the HealthAdvocateX Community Conversation with Dollar For guest Elise Goldstein from last December 2022: https://www.healthadvocatex.org/cc-11-14-2022/
Don’t Miss the Patient Safety Conference March 15-16, 2023 from PULSE!
While changes have been made to improve patient outcomes, there is a new direction for the future.  

The Current Landscape of Patient Safety Where We’ve Been,
Where We’re Going 

will be packed with information and dynamic discussions on this evolving direction. Come with us as we explore the potential of the patient safety movement in the years to come and how to navigate the future in our role as patients and advocates.

Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy program, ‘The Current Landscape of Patient Safety: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going.’ is approved for 11 CEs by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Note attendees will only receive CEs for the live program.
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
February 13: Understanding Today's COVID Stats & Mental Health Challenges for Patients and Medical Professionals (Register Here)
March 27: RACE to Be Human (Learn More 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