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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

COVID-19 Advocacy Update #6*
Link & Learn
Don't forget: 
you'll need to be logged into the APHA membership site to access some of these links:
bullet updated Master List of Coronavirus / COVID-19 Resources for Advocates and Clients
Resources continue to be added daily.
bullet updated For Your Listening and Learning Pleasure… (now includes new course information - earn CEs!)
bullet updated Tools for Use During the COVID-19 Crisis (Telehealth, Video Conferencing - alternatives to Zoom)
Schedule & Attend
Link to the
Advocacy Master Calendar
of Events
APHA Expert Call-in

Your Clients and Medical Cannabis – Assessing Interest and Providing Resources

Tuesday, April 28
 <- next week!

Has the topic of medical cannabis (marijuana) come up in conversations with clients or prospective clients? Did you feel informed enough to carry on that conversation? Do you know the laws in your state or province?

Or, is the medical cannabis train leaving and you haven’t yet hopped aboard?
  As more and more states legalize medical cannabis, questions arise as they regard its fit and appropriateness as a treatment for challenges from pain to mobility, from suffering to comfort. It’s possible your clients know even more about it than you do. And it’s possible you know enough that you should be raising the topic with them if they don’t.

Josephine Krehl is the Founder of MMJ Knowledge, LLC and serves in the role of Statewide Clinical Community Relations for OnePlant, a medical cannabis business in Florida. As our guest for this call-in, she’ll guide us through the basics we need to know to help our clients, ranging from legality, to knowing when cannabis may be appropriate, to finding recommenders, to delivery mechanisms, to insurance coverage, plus how to carry on the conversation with our clients.
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You may register up to 3 hours prior to the call.
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  Connect with Anne!

Making Wellness Services Part of Your Advocacy Offerings

Thursday, May 7

Join Anne Llewellyn as she talks with Nurse Advocate Rajitha Bommakanti, BSN, RN, CCM founder of the Healthy You Lifestyle Center. We will discuss how you can add/incorporate wellness into your practice. Learn the strategies and be a change agent in making a positive impact on your client's behaviors that are impacting their health and wellness.

Meet Anne, and learn more about Connect! with Anne calls.
  Register early! 
A reminder that we limit registration for Connect! with Anne calls.
Registration will close as soon as we reach capacity.

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Five Star Reviews!
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Find instructions for asking your clients to submit their reviews.
Congratulations to these AdvoConnection Directory-Listed members who have achieved and received 5 star reviews for their work!

Remember - these stars were awarded by clients for whom they have saved lives, health, or money, and improved the quality of life for the person who provided the review.
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star Nicole Rochester
star Heidi Kummer
A job very well done. Congratulations!
Hold the Date!

Our APHA Sister Site, PracticeUP! presents

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Personalized Small Group Learning:
One Weekend, Great Skills!
Become the independent advocate you want to be.

Bootcamp Orlando has been rescheduled!
September 18 & 19

8.5 CEs for BCPAs will be available.

Invest in Yourself. Invest in Your Success.
Join us in Orlando!

Learn more about bootcamps here.

We will alert you when we are ready to begin registration.
(Bootcamps will not be held if there is continued danger from COVID-19.)
Members in the News!
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See the master list of APHA and member news mentions, located at the APHA Blog.
bullet ABC 11 Eyewitness News (Raleigh Durham, NC) featured APHA member Nancy Ruffner in its broadcast of What to do when your loved one is in a North Carolina nursing home with a COVID-19 outbreak
bullet Teri Dreher, APHA member, contributed to the Chicago Tribune’s 7 tips for being a patient advocate for yourself or loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic
APHA Premium +ADL members: Want to respond to requests
for advocate expertise? Find them in your +ADL Connect! Discussion Forum - see the list of recent requests below.
If you are a Premium +ADL member featured in the news,
please submit the link to us.
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Online Courses for Advocates
PracticeUP! online is a sister site to APHA. APHA members may take courses for free or at a discount.

Now Available!
A new course,
appropriate for our times...
Take Care of Clients,
Preserve & Grow Your Practice

A free course for all APHA Members
Earn 2.5 CEs for BCPA
Pandemic Course 
Pandemic! Take Care of Clients,
Preserve and Grow Your Practice
Keeping Up with
the Search Meter
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Not sure what
the Search Meter is? 
Learn where we pull these searches and where to find Search Meter Answers.
A reminder of another place to search:
bullet We noticed this week that several of you searched for a topic that had been discussed in the Discussion Forum - except - you didn't search in the Discussion Forum. You searched in the main content of the site.

Unfortunately, our main site SEARCH mechanism won't search Discussion Forum conversations. (Believe me, we have tried to make that work! And tried, and tried....)

But - you can still search and find the conversation!  You just need to do a search on any one of the Discussion Forum pages! 

We're sorry to make you look in two places. Someday we'll find someone who can make that work for us. But until then, you can always search in both places to find articles (or podcasts, or webinars, or videos or...)  AND discussion forum discussions.
for ADL members
A special section for AdvoConnection
Directory Listed members.
Reminders for +ADL members:
bullet March Directory profile stats are available! Here's how to retrieve yours.
bullet Note: This is a great opportunity to ask clients and previous clients to add ratings and reviews to your directory listing!  Here's how.
bullet new Did you see your invitation?
AdvoConnection is looking for guest bloggers. We have invited +ADL members to submit. Invitations went out Monday and are good only through May 15. Let us know if you are listed in the directory, but did not receive your invitation and we'll send it along.
bullet Monitor requests for help!*  Patients need you! Recent requests have come from:
Nevada New York Ontario
Virginia Indiana Minnesota
... and other states and provinces!
*We are beginning to see a big uptick in requests for help, and a surge in directory searches...  please keep your eye on the Unmet Needs list. Patients need you!
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Connect & Share
in the
APHA Connect!
Discussion Forum
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Link to the APHA Connect
Discussion Forum

  Coronavirus / COVID-19 Forum
bullet Master List of COVID-19 Resources for Advocates
bullet COVID-19 and Surprise Bills – Lobbyists at Work
bullet Telehealth and Clients who are not tech savvy
bullet Providing helpful information during COVID-19 Pandemic
bullet hot Webinar: Protecting Older Adults from the Harms of Social Isolation
bullet Navigating Loss in the Time of COVID-19
bullet Great EOL Questions and a Video Opportunity
bullet hot Sounding the Alarm – DNRs and Rationing
bullet Reality Check on Ventilator Treatment
bullet Invitation to a COVID-19 Webinar for Advocates
bullet HIPAA Guidance re: COVID 19
bullet hot New Course: PANDEMIC! Earn 2.5 CEs – free to APHA members
  General Conversation
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bullet hot On-Line Palliative Care Courses FREE
bullet hot Any other cancer-only advocates?
bullet hot Any experience with Fall Alert Systems?
bullet E&O Insurance
bullet Providers Refusing to Deal with Third Party Advocates
bullet Sharing: Rants of a Patient Safety Advocate
bullet Hipaa and privacy forms
 +ADL Member Forum
bullet Insurance Advocate Needed
bullet hot Communicating with clients
bullet Media Request – Bloomberg
bullet Patient Advocate Designation Form
bullet  SBA Loans – Help for Determining Eligibility and Obtaining One
bullet Media Request - Wall Street Journal
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  and Coronavirus / COVID-19

We continue to identify the many ways we can support you
in an effort to balance your need to stay safe with your desire
to grow your patient-service practice during this critical time.

Our Tuesday Agendas will continue to reflect this focus as long as need be.

Of course, if at any time you can think of any way we can support your needs, please do reach out! Your success is our success.
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Many of our members with clinical credentials - doctors, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and others -- are working on the front lines to defeat this virus and end this pandemic.

Many others are volunteering their time to make others' lives easier and allay some of their fears in the midst of this horror.

Our sincere thanks to each of you for
helping others through this crisis.
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