Imagine a Friend’s Night Out and Dial-a-Mentor All Rolled Into One

popuppeopleYou’ve run into a hurdle with your advocacy work. Maybe your client has a challenge you can’t seem to solve for him, or the hospital is standing between you and your client’s medical records…. Or maybe you are just stuck for a good marketing idea, and you know you’ve got an opportunity, you just can’t get your arms around it…. Maybe you have a special interest topic in advocacy, like mental health, or legal mediation, or insurance claims or…. yes, I could go on and on.

You need resources – but where can you go to find the help you need? Where can you find the person with the answer? Where can you find like-minded advocates…. Or sometimes, just when you’re struggling with one business problem or another, where can you go to just talk to someone else who might be able to lend a hand?

What if it was a simple as dialing the phone?

Well – now it is. Last week we kicked off Pop Up Conversations for members of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates – ways to connect with each other by phone, as needed, on any topic of your choosing.

Before now, the Alliance has offered two ways for advocates to connect with each other. We have our regular Forum where you can post (as in, type on your keyboard) questions or statements or can share information and invite feedback. It works, it’s useful, and topics are discussed over a period of days or weeks.

We also host teleconference Call-ins where featured experts speak on one business topic or another and those who have dialed in can ask questions of the expert. These are planned months in advance, you sign up to participate, and if you miss it – you can retrieve a podcast of the call later.

But there was a gap. Not every question or idea lends itself to the Forum. Nor does every question or idea require an expert or months of planning. And certainly there are questions and ideas that pop up regularly and the perfect answer is to have a phone conversation with others who might have faced the same situation…

So now you understand the thinking behind Pop Up Conversations. They are teleconference phone conversations set up just a few days in advance (to give us time to promote them) that are planned by APHA members for APHA members on any topic that makes for a good discussion among other advocates who are trying to serve their clients or expand their practices.

Two APHA members have already stepped forward to plan these Pop Up Conversations:

  • Behavioral Health Care Management: Inclusion as an advocacy service
  • Pricing Best Practices for Claims Assistance Professionals

Both conversations will take place later this coming week, and any member can participate.

Find details about these Pop Up Conversations.

What business challenge do you face that needs some input to find the best solution? Do you have a special interest and would like to connect regularly with others who share your interest? If you are a member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates then you, too, can plan your own Pop Up Conversation.

We at the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates are excited to see how members use this new capability. We’d love your feedback at any time to improve on the system, too.

So use it! And let us know how it goes.

Tawk amongst yerselves 🙂

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