APHA Expert and SIG Call-ins:
Schedule of Upcoming Calls

Teleconferences with Guest Experts or Special Interest Groups
on Topics of Interest to Patient Advocates and Care Professionals

 
Looking for call in / dial in details and numbers?  They will be emailed to registered participants, usually twice; once the day prior, and again a few hours before the call. We do not post them here, because PIN numbers may be changed. 

If you believe you should have received the call-in numbers, please check your spam folder first before contacting us.

 


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“Pallia-what?” What Every Patient Advocate Needs to Know About Palliative Care

Wednesday, September 12

7 PM eastern / 6 PM central / 5 PM mountain / 4 PM pacific

Cancer, heart disease, COPD, Parkinson’s disease, kidney failure, ALS … you’re contacted by a caregiver who is distraught over a loved one’s diagnosis and doesn’t know where to turn. There is too much information – or not enough – and it’s confusing.

As an advocate, you may have heard of palliative care. You may know that it’s a growing specialty focused on supporting quality of life and managing pain and symptoms. You might even know that palliative care helps seriously ill people live better – and sometimes even longer! But you may not know enough about it to be able to explain it to your clients. (Don’t worry, you are not alone!)

After this call, you’ll be able to clearly distinguish between palliative care and hospice, define the “two pillars” of palliative care, articulate the concept of “total pain” and how palliative care relieves it, recognize common trajectories of illness and when palliative care is appropriate, describe the different settings and models of palliative care, and advise clients about when it might be helpful and how to ask for it.

Jennifer Moore Ballentine, MA, Executive Director of the California State University Institute of Palliative Care, will be our guest for this call. She’ll help us better understand what resources are available to patient-clients, how and who you can reach to help guide them, and why palliative care is such a fast-growing specialty area in medicine.

And -- a bonus for those callers who have interest in taking courses in palliative care, perhaps to earn CEUs for certification! Jennifer will provide us with information about the courses offered by the Institute. Completion of those courses may help you feature palliative care assistance as an area of expertise in your practice.

Register for this call.


 


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GNA – and You! How "GNA" - Greater National Advocates Will Grow Our Profession

Monday, October 29

7 PM eastern / 6 PM central / 5 PM mountain / 4 PM pacific

 You’ve heard the rumblings… GNA, Greater National Advocates, is breaking onto the professional advocacy scene. You may have even been invited to participate, but just don’t understand what it’s all about.
So – we’ll tell you!

Brad Schwartz, the founder of GNA will be our guest for this call. He’ll answer questions like: What is Greater National Advocates? Why was it established? What are its goals and how do they affect you and your practice? Is GNA going to replace APHA or NAHAC? (No! And we’ll tell you why.) Why should you get involved? Do you have to join? Or CAN you?

Join this call if your interest is in promoting the concept of advocacy to help patients better understand how they benefit – and how you can benefit from participation with GNA.

You’re invited to submit questions up to three days prior to the call.

And -- a bonus for those callers who have interest in taking courses in palliative care, perhaps to earn CEUs for certification! Jennifer will provide us with information about the courses offered by the Institute. Completion of those courses may help you feature palliative care assistance as an area of expertise in your practice.

Registration for this call will begin in mid-September.