In the words of Bob Dylan “The Times They Are A-Changin”
And… so is BAG IT!
These days, the vast majority of us utilizes some type of computer or mobile device virtually every day (okay, more like 24/7!). You’ve probably noticed that most medical providers have adopted electronic medical record systems in their offices too. But guess what – those systems don’t often speak the same language. What’s a patient to do?
Answer – Bingo! Use BAG IT to keep copies of your own information!
At BAG IT, we’re all about patient education, support and empowerment to Fight the Fear of cancer. That’s why earlier this year we gathered a group of doctors, nurses, cancer survivors, caregivers, social workers, and community health workers – those in our community who distribute the bags and those who use them – asking for their input on our update of the BAG IT resource. Their feedback was thought-provoking and very much appreciated!
We are happy to report that we just launched the newly revised bags (English and Spanish)!
EVERY bag still includes the navigation binder and the trusty printed NCIpublications that everyone loves, PLUS a USB wristband that’s:
- Pre-loaded with all the publications and printable forms found in the binder. Patients can read, print, email, copy (to another device), and share information with caregivers, family, and friends.
- 4 GB storage to store copies of reports, scans, lab work, advance directives, etc. Great back-up of important documents.
- Works in PC or Mac. No internet access needed.
- “Green,” portable, and perfect for snowbirds!
For patients, the bag is more versatile, streamlined and contains more survivorship and quality of life resources and links.
For medical providers, information sharing, patient access to their medical records, and providing reliable patient resources and education all go far to ensure that their patients are engaged and get the care and support they need. It also helps medical providers to meet some key quality measures of CMS’s Oncology Care Model, CoC, or other accreditation guidelines.
If you aren’t getting some great information on how to cope with your cancer diagnosis and treatment from your doctor, you should be. Ask for it. Advocate for yourself. Learn how to be part of your own treatment team.
Submitted by Sherri Romanoski
BAG IT Founder
Well – today I ventured out to Maiden Pools (and beyond) as I didn’t think I could ask all of you to hike this trail unless I myself did it. I survived and had a great day with a friend who does hike on a regular basis, unlike myself. So, if you are hesitant to sign up, DON’T BE – your superpowers will guide you on a successful and beautiful outing. I tend to get my 10,000 steps a day, usually from walking around my house reading my kindle or the occasional low key run/walk around the neighborhood so I was a little nervous about going with my friend who is prepping for a 20 mile hike and had a 20 lb. pack on her back (so not me!), but I made it. There is some scratchy fauna along the trail (and I of course wore shorts and a tank top) and it is pretty rocky, but you can do it. I definitely feel that our guidelines for moderate, intermediate and challenging are a good indicator for those of you who do not hike regularly. It is not a super steep incline to the pools, but definitely some rocky and uneven terrain.
I learned some new vocabulary words for hiking – cairns, which help mark the trail so you know which way to go, which was handy today with nobody on the trail, and scree – so not only scenic, but educational, too.
You will get your steps, a workout, enjoy the beautiful outdoors and support BAG IT at the same time – what more can you ask for on a Sunday morning (well mine was a Tuesday). If you have done it before we hope to see you again and if you are trying to decide – go for it – you can turn back anytime you want so why not give it a go on Nov. 13th.
Volunteers are a key part of successful organizations and we are looking for you to be a BAG IT volunteer. We are excited about training volunteers to be Ambassadors in the Tucson community to help us reach more people. Our Ambassadors will be trained to go out and speak to local organizations to share the mission of BAG IT, help generate new donors and share the opportunity to participate in our upcoming Superheroes Hike for BAG IT! We are looking for individuals comfortable speaking in front of a group and giving a presentation (which we will provide you) about BAG IT. We also need people who can work a table at community events to provide BAG IT exposure. Many of the speaking engagements may be during the day and a lot of the community events are weekends so there is an opportunity for anyone and everyone. This would be a great benefit to our small team and a chance for you to get out and about in the Tucson community. Who’s ready to get their presentation on?
Studies show us that in addition to benefiting BAG IT volunteering also helps, you – the volunteer be a happier and healthier person. Ready to become an Ambassador? Fill out the Volunteer form on the website or email email@example.com today to sign up for one of our upcoming Ambassador trainings on 8/26 & 9/10. We are also looking for volunteers for our Annual Hike on November 13th. Volunteers are the best so please sign up today!