Speaker Team News!

November 9, 2022

hospital bed

Our newest team member!

Stacy Dunning, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Our Speaker Bootcamp has been so rewarding!

We’ve had wonderful conversations – and it’s been just as wonderful for all of us to get to know one another!  The feedback shared on our decks has been extremely insightful and our presentations are better than ever.

One big change is that we are now offering the decks in PDFs that you will be able to email to audience members. For some presentations, we still have “The Top 10 Takeaways” as audience handouts, but for the meatier topics, it seemed like a better service to share all the details.  Audience members will be very happy to share their email addresses knowing they can focus on you and won’t miss a thing.

All of the decks have been updated to some degree: some have simpler text, clearer graphics or improved flow. We hope you like the changes and new presentations! 


Surgery Questons

We will run another Bootcamp series, early 2023. Stay tuned for dates! 

Know any advocates who may be interested? Please send our way!

Check out these newer presentations  in your Toolkit – and  set your speaking goals for 2023! 

Use the text and graphics for your social media posts, newsletters, quick videos and more.  Good info is good for everyone… and will help you grow your business, too!

It’s Medicare re-enrollment time: time for you to be a hero!

Gayle Byck and I developed this Medicare presentation for the current re-enrollment cycle. Since Medicare is not in The Care Partner Project “wheelhouse”, we can’t offer it in our Speaker Kit under the Care Partner Project brand. So, we’re sharing it with all advocates to share as their own – and contribute to The Care Partner Fund!

(Helloooo, Joe Namath… you’re not helping!)

Help dispell confusion around Medicare choices, drug plans… and more.   Do your clients, friends and family a service and share good, solid info with them!

How? For a small donation of $40.00 to TheCarePartnerProject.org, this presentation is yours!

  • Brand as your own, edit as you wish 
  • Many uses! Speaking engagements, Facebook Live events, podcasts, videos, webinars 
  • Social media posts – just screen-grab the graphics and copy points for quick, EZ social media posts
  • Mail as a PDF to clients/prospects – what a hero you will be!

Do what you do best:

demystify care for peace of mind.

30 slides/pages

PLAIN terms

Simple graphics

Great reviews!

Available now while your clients and prospective clients are making decisions!

Gayle and I have presented this twice and audiences have loved it! Lots of good conversations and questions! It was really gratifying to help clarify options and coverages.

Just one example:  one gentleman was shocked when he realized that his Advantage plan would not cover him at his local hospital where he wants to be treated. He left in a hurry to contact his agent!

This info is so appreciated and helpful to very imortant decisions.

Karen Curtiss

Our new Task Force mission:

Demystify palliative and hospice care! 

During our first meeting, it became apparent that there is a lot of confusion around these end-of-life choices for all concerned – patients, families, providers – even professional patient advocates. We agreed that we’d like to hear from an expert, someone “in the trenches” every day, so we’ve arranged for Sara Dado, Executive Director of Adult Palliative Programs at The Hap Foundation to meet with us:

Wednesday, November 16th
Noon CST, 1pmEST, 11amPST

Because this is such an important topic, our meeting will be open to everyone, not just task force members. Register here in advance.

I am working with Sara to draft and agenda and it would be really helpful to have your questions on hand for guidance. Please drop me a note over the next few days! 



See some good resources shared by

task force members on our

Trello Board.

Please feel free to add others you find.

Update: The Care Partner Fund for under-resourced patients.

We received a few donations last month that enable us to fund 2 more patients!  Working hard to attract more, but grateful for any!

REMEMBER! Marshall Allen will cover the Care Partner Fund for anyone in medical debt who can’t afford advocacy services. Just apply here.

The Giving Season is coming up.  We would be SO GRATEFUL for any ideas or energy you share with us!



Tis the season!

With gifts on your mind, please keep us in mind!

We are registered with the Amazon Smile program and would greatly appreciate your naming The Care Partner Project as your beneficiary.

It costs you nothing – the donation comes out of Amazon’s own charitable fund.
Such a win-win!


August 29, 2022

hospital bed

Welcome to our new and returning team members!

CarolAnne Dube, Florida

Barbara Gaynor, Ohio

Caryn Isaacs, NYC metro area

Cindy Johnson, Southern California

Tammy Porter, Southern California

Karen Silber, Ohio

“Speaker Bootcamp” starts September 9th!

This series is designed as a deep dive into our Speaker Toolkit to help you feel comfortable and confident marketing, booking and presenting our community education decks to help grow your business.

We will cover each of our Speaker Kit tools and every presentation in depth, and also share a simple blueprint for building your sales funnel from your speaking engagements.

  • Register here!
  • Please share our Speaker Program with professional patient advocates you know!  And win a prize!
  • Every Friday, noon – 1pm CST

    9/9    How to market yourself as a speaker
    9/16   How to prepare & present like a pro
    9/23   Deck*: “Safe & Sound Hospital Stay”
    9/30   Deck: “Maxine Moments”  
    10/7   How to build sales funnel by speaking
    10/14  Deck: “Your SuperPower vs. SuperBugs”
    10/21  Deck: “How to Support Loved Ones Care from Afar” 
    10/28  Deck: “Your Advanced Care Plan”
    11/04   Deck: “The Telehealth Trend”  

    FIRST ever contest! From now – September 8th, let’s level up!

    All of you are winners in my book… so this contest is just about taking our winning community education to the next level!  Let’s cover every corner of the US with advocate speakers  – and get them off to a great start wtih our Speaker Bootcamp that starts on September 9th.

    What better way to mainstream patient advocacy!

    • Before September 9th, share this link with your slack groups, advocate friends and colleagues.
    • When they register, they will be able to name you as the referral.
    • Winner will be announced September 9th!

    Win this prize! Surprise inside!

    Credit goes to:

    Linda Beck, Teresa Berger, Gayle Byck, Michelle Crook, Angie Galatas, Tammy Krack, Anne Llewellyn, Catherine Marshall, Sue McWilliams, Laura Mellor,  Elaine O’Bleness and Kathy Quinn.

    Task Force Update: working together has worked wonders.

    Launched just over a year ago, our task force has created significant checklist solutions for three of life’s most critical and medically risky circumstances. 

    • Last September, we published our pregnancy and childbirth safety checklists to support the 2021 WHO Patient Safety Day focus on maternal care.
    • Since then, the task force completed a thorough study and analysis what goes wrong in care transitions and created checklists every Care Partner can use to pro-actively bridge care and prevent patient harm.
    • And then… the team tackled senior residential home and care choices! With a focus on fit for individuals’ unique needs, quality and safety, we are zero’ing in on checklists that will help assure peace of mind for the big decisions most families make when faced with housing and medical care needs that change with age. Stay tuned…still polishing and will share with you soon!


    A New & Very Special Task Force challenge: Care navigation for Veterans

    Chicago Magazine is publishing a special supplement on healthcare and we’ve been asked to create guidance for vets, especially senior veterans. They want it modeled on our usual checklist format, and from there, writers will draft an article and link to The Care Partner Project where we will have a new page dedicated to Veterans.

    Have to say, this is pretty big and your expertise is much needed!

    We’re on a tight deadline: I think the goal is to publish for Veterans’ Day, so we must finish our part by the  end of next week! September 9th!

    PLEASE send your tips – and please share this project with your slack groups, or any others who may have experience to share. All hands on deck for our veterans!

    Some topics and ideas (definitely open to all others)…

    • Insight into how the VA works –shortcuts? workarounds?
    • Any special “code words” for getting care/navigating
    • VA resources and how to access them, especially, for seniors
    • Special issues and resources for female veterans, VA care related and other
    • Other health care services for vets  that are accessible, friendly, vet-centered and sensitive

    Great news! Marshall Allen will provide donations to our Care Partner Fund for any patient who is under water in medical debt, but can’t afford advocacy services.

    PLEASE DO keep this opportunity in mind and share with other advocates you know. We wiill open up this opportunity to advocates outside our team. Have them contact us.

    Update on The Care Partner Fund for under-resourced patients.

    We learned a lot from the test run of our program to fund professional advocacy services for patients with complex medical issues and no financial or personal support. Following are highlights and updates. (Please see the note about Marshall in red.)

    • The need is great – confirmed!
    • The potential to make a signficant impact – confirmed!
    • The system we built to administer the program and collect results (data needed for every non-profit) is actually pretty simple and effective.
    • Referrals to our advocates  from potential clients for help is sparse. (Advocates market to, move within, affluent communities.)
    • We need to pay advocates more than $50.00/hr.: goal should be about $75.00/hr.
    • We’ve applied for two grants, 50K each. Denied by one, waiting to hear from another.
    • We’ve sent about 60 letters to Chicago-area funding organizations known for commitments to health care non-profits. Nothing yet…
    • We are in discussions with two Chicago area philanthropists (referred by Karen’s minister) to expand the program. They’ve proposed a unique funding model… which requires a lot more legwork but worth the effort. Stay tuned!
    • We served about 20 patients so the initial small grant has been used up.
    • Looking for corporate sponsors… please send anyone you know!
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