APHA Membership Orientation Guide
For Premium and Premium +ADL Members
This Guide is intended to help you jump in with both feet, to help you find some of the help you need, and to help you connect with others. Once you've made yourself at home, found the refrigerator, the bathroom and the comfy couch, you may not need this page any further. But feel free to stop by at any time. You'll find us linked from your My APHA Dashboard.
APHA Membership is represented by two different websites.
- All members, including Premium Members, have access to the first site: myAPHA (this orientation is located at myAPHA)
- All members are also invited to participate at APHA Members Connect! our discussion forum area (Connect! is also located at this myAPHA site) www.myAPHA.org/Connect
- The AdvoConnection Directory is accessible by Premium +ADL members only. A link is provided from the +ADL Dashboard.
- There are many additional sites (Educational Programs, Workshops, Books and more) but they do not require any sort of login. They are all accessible from your dashboard.
This is the site you are on now, where you'll find all the information resources to support your development and growth as a patient / health advocate or care manager as they relate to the business of being in practice, or client services - care or cost. Find articles, podcasts, links, access to advisors, registration forms for various APHA activities, and more. Find login information below.
2. APHA Connect! is also located on the myAPHA.org site
As its name implies, APHA Connect! is where you network and connect with other members. This is our discussion forum and Special Interest Group (SIG) area of myAPHA. You'll find robust discussions that range from general announcements, to client service, to the business of advocacy conversation, even discussion of general news at APHA Connect! We invite you to post challenges, ask questions, respond to others, promote good resources - whatever conversation you'd have over coffee (or tea!) - APHA Connect! is the place to connect with others who share your interests or from whom you can learn.
3. AdvoConnection (The AdvoConnection Directory)
Perhaps the biggest benefit offered by The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates is the ability to be listed in the premier online directory of private advocates and care managers. Premium members are invited to list themselves in AdvoConnection.
We'll begin our orientation with this site, MyAPHA.org
Step 1: Log In
Log in to your MyAPHA Member Dashboard from www.MyAPHA.org
You may use either your ID (the one you chose when you signed up) or your email address.
Step 2: Email
Important! Make sure you'll get the email you need from APHA.
Step 3: Search
If you have trouble searching, or if you want to search some of the other APHA-related sites, we provide some extra support: How and Where to Search
Step 4: Learn Your Dashboard
Your Dashboard - see the Dashboard Key below: the alphabet of references in this image.
We suggest you open a second browser window, and reference back and forth between your REAL dashboard, and this image of it.
(Premium +ADL members: your Dashboard will look slightly different since you have already been listed in AdvoConnection)
Note: These are just descriptions of what is behind each of the tabs on the Dashboard.
Link to all these areas from the Dashboard itself.
A. Manage Your Account: From here you can change your password, find out when your membership renews, refer a new member, and more.
B. Ready to be listed in the AdvoConnection Directory? Find instructions for doing so from here. (If you are already +ADL then you won't see this link.)
C. Announcements: Will be updated on occasion as new information warrants.
D. APHA Agenda newsletters: If you miss one, or if you want to read back issues, you'll find the most recent 4-5 editions here.
E. Quick Links: These are the areas of the site that are used frequently and require short-cuts. Take some time to click on each one to make yourself familiar with the many things you can actually "do" through your membership.
F. Link to the ORB: The APHA Online Resource Bank This is the heart of information you'll need to create and build your practice, and serve your clients. The ORB contains all the information centers: from Legal, to Insurance, to Marketing, Opportunities and more.
G. Recently Added: Any new information added will be featured here, from articles to podcasts, external links and more.
H. Take a test run! Among APHA's biggest benefits are the dozens of experts we've tapped over the years through our Call-ins system. We've podcast the great majority. Check them out - and get signed up for an upcoming call!
Step 5: The AC on the image above = APHA Members Connect!
Step 6: Finally....
Now that you're a member of The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates we invite you to show your pride, and to tell the world about it! Find logos to add to your website and print material, and a template for a press release to share with your local media.