Speaker Team News!

August 29, 2022

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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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