As a leader of a health community, it’s important to keep an eye on your progress. You work hard on presenting the best info, stories, and truly connecting with others. A great way to check the pulse (medical puns are always welcome) of your community is through tracking and analytics. If you’ve ever wondered – I want to know which posts are my best and how people are finding my blog? We’ve got an upcoming video and live viewing event for you.
Every day, it seems there are more in person events for Health Activists and their communities. Whether it’s a conference, an awareness event, a tweet-up, a networking event, or something in our Speakers Bureau Program – there are so many important offline events to attend. By getting involved, it’ll help solidify your identity as an advocate and really uncover new ways for you to take your efforts to an elevated, professional level. You never know the opportunities that may arise from networking events – which is why it’s so important to get the most out of them.
You can’t talk about Working and Health Activism (or working and living with a chronic condition) without discussing the topic of disclosure. Way back in March we talked all about health disclosure and the “do you tell?” question. Health Activists had a lot to say on this topic. Today Tayla shares a bit more into the decision-making process behind disclosure because, at the end of the day, it’s a personal, individual decision that you’ve got to make for yourself. –Amanda
Today’s post is about something many of us struggle with – time management. When you’re balancing a variety of things – it’s challenging to make sure everything is getting enough attention. Colin delves into the concept of time management and offers some tips for keeping things organized when you’re trying to give 110% to everything all at once. –Amanda
Today we have an interview with an awesome Health Activist – Marla Murasko – who you may recognize from last month’s Advocating For Others webinar. This interview is a look into Marla’s advocacy and hints at our September topic: Working and Health Activism. Marla started her own online community for Mom Entrepreneurs who are also passionate about Special Needs causes. When she’s not focused on Health Activism and caring for her son Jacob, Marla enjoys taking time out to work on her business – another one of her passions. It’s been wonderful getting to know Marla and to hear how became a Health Activist and how she continues to advocate for her son and provide a support network for other working moms.
When entrenched in your work, you’re bound to learn a lot about yourself: what gets you excited, what you’re awesome at, what you aren’t so great at, what you like, what you dislike, what you’re truly passionate about, and where you want to go next. You’re also going to learn particular skills that will help you from then on, in lots of areas of life (your Health Activism, perhaps?). In fact, no matter what your job may be – you gather some pretty great life lessons (and some memorable stories) to take with you. Whether it’s a retail job of yore that taught you the value of being organized or a waitressing job that taught you to always tip your servers well from then on (these are two I’ve learned) – there’s a huge range of awesome lessons and skills you’ve collected. Which of these workplace lessons and experiences have influenced your Health Activism?
We have hosted (and loved) our first two Health Activist Tweetchats (#HAchat) but we want to make the chat even better! As we’ll be discussing more this month – everyone is on different, very busy schedules – but we’d really like to pick a time for #HAchat that works for as many Health Activists as possible and host it as frequently as you’d like! So, if you could take a minute (and, I promise, it shouldn’t take a second more!) to fill out this poll – that would be awesome! Once we’ve gathered a bunch of responses, we’ll be sure to let you know when the next chat is and what the #HAchat schedule will look like from then on!
There’s something about the end of summer and the beginning of Fall that reminds us we still have some time left to buckle down and accomplish great things this year.
For the month of September, we’ll be focusing on the idea of working and being a Health Activist. That encompasses a lot of different incarnations as everyone is in a slightly different place with their Health Activism. This offers an amazing opportunity to learn from each other and collect some tips for improving some of the pieces you struggle with and share the parts of your advocacy you’re really proud of.