Today's #HAchat: Tips for New Caregivers or Parents

As we kick-off our Advocating for Another Carnival – we have a LOT going on. Be sure to check out the #A4Amonth hashtag to read the fun, inspiring, and really creative posts of participants. If you want to get in on the fun – we’ll be doing this today until next Tuesday (and culminating the carnival with an #HAchat about it) you can grab the prompts here. Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event so others can get to know you!


And now for today’s Health Activist Tweetchat. As some of you may know – we’ve been hosting Roundtables every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this month on topics related to caregiving, parenting, and advocating. They have been absolutely amazing. By listening-in to our Health Activist panelists we’ve learned so much. Every-other-day we’re psyched to have another panel. They, and all the participants, are The Best. Today’s #HAchat is inspired by a question we’ve posed during the Roundtables that we hope will lead to a big list (or white paper) of tips, resources, and insight for those just coming in to the role of caregiver or parent.


Today’s #HAchat will be a big community brainstorm. First we’ll discuss starting out as a caregiver, parent, or advocate – and what everyone should be aware of as they delve into this new world and navigate the uncharted waters of this new condition.


Then we’ll move on to community-building and grab your tips for best participating in the online community. Do you recommend blogging? Sharing your story? Listening?


Then, next, we’ll talk resources. When it comes to providing excellent information, tools, programs, and support – which orgs, sites, and others are doing it best? Where would you send someone who just received a new diagnosis for them or a loved one?


And lastly we’ll talk about growing as caregivers, parents, and advocates. How can we work together? How can we bridge gaps, find commonalities, and keep this movement going?


It’s going to be a great chat and we hope you’ll join us at 3pm!



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