As advocates, we often hear from “friends”:
“My friend really needs help! Her health is deteriorating and she has trouble getting to the doctor. Will you help her?”
“My sister can’t handle her medical bills and they are piling up. I need an advocate who can help her organize them and get them paid.”
“My boyfriend has chronic pain and gets so frustrated with his doctor because he won’t help him. I need you to talk to his doctor.”
… and so forth…
Whether you’re doing a Google (or other search engine) search, or you’re doing a search on a specific website, use these guidelines to help you:
The fewer words you use in a search, the more results you will get.
Example: You’ll get millions of results with a one-word search in Google, but you might get just enough results if you use a one-word search on the APHA membership site.
As a professional, you should be using a professional email address, not a personal or shared email address.
Good to use: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not good to use: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Further, whenever possible, use an email address that associates with your advocacy or care management website (like “janesadvocacy.com” found above) rather than using an email address available to anyone and everyone.