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Mentors and SIGs – Our Best Resources Yet
Updated March 2017 When APHA and AdvoConnection were launched in 2009, the resources that existed for starting and growing a private, independent advocacy practice were few and far between. There weren’t many advocacy experts, because with only a few exceptions, there just weren’t many people with the track record to call themselves experts. Certainly there were experts in different useful topics; for example lawyers or insurance people who could take what they knew and apply it to advocacy. So we took advantage of those experts’ good graces to build the first foundations for practices going forward. We still rely on them, and appreciate their help, today. Now fast forward to today. These 5 years later we have dozens of experts in almost every aspect of starting and growing an advocacy practice, in the advocacy work itself, in patient education, and more… Early adopters who have ‘been there, done that” – and would be happy to show off their T-shirts. Real advocates. Real success stories! Even among those who haven’t launched their practices yet, we have almost every topic imaginable represented among our APHA members – people who can speak to the expertise they have brought to advocacy, and what they have learned along the way. Now we’ve made it easier for you to find them – and for them to help you. First – who is “them”? In many cases, “them” is YOU! Within our ranks we have an incredible breadth of expertise that is needed by others. No matter what background and experience you bring to your new profession, there is probably someone else who can use your advice. Further, we know you’d probably like to connect with others who either share your interests, or who could use your expertise. So, for you we have built SIGs: Special Interest Groups to set the stage to make that happen. SIGs offer three tools: A Discussion Forum where any topic within that group can be discussed A teleconference capability so you can set up real-time phone calls with others (M-2-M conversations) A special section of the APHA website that allows…