MEETINGS & WEBINARS
September 13, 2022 (In Person-Virtual)
PALs United for Movement Disorders: Trends & Issues in Telehealth - Advocating for a Balanced, Patient-Centered Approach
This was the 3rd PALs United for Movement Disorders event, which followed events in October 2021 and May 2022. (See Resources-PALs United for Movement Disorders). This webinar brought together advocates from movement disorder and mental health organizations (and others) to engage with experts and fellow advocates to address to dialogue around important clinical, financial, regulatory, privacy, quality, and health equity issues relating to telehealth, and how to better collaborate moving forward through educational and advocacy initiatives.
June 29, 2022 (In Person-Virtual)
Patient Engagement Think Tank Meeting #4 - Goals & Opportunities for Patient Engagement in the US MedTech Industry: Focus on Commercialization Phase
Fourth meeting of Patient Engagement Think Tank involving Med Tech industry representatives, with patient advocacy/patient engagement perspective provided by CPALs, led by Patient Engagement team at Alira Health, with support from MassMEDIC.
June 28, 2022 (Webinar)
Meningitis in Florida: An Emerging Public Threat and What You Can Do About It
Florida is currently experiencing an unprecedented Meningococcal Disease Outbreak. In response to this outbreak, CPALs and The AIDS Institute partnered with the Meningitis B Action Project to develop this webinar. The webinar was designed to educate attendees about bacterial meningitis, its serious potential impact on campuses and communities, policy changes and advocacy efforts needed to make an impact, and what can be done to prevent future outbreaks. More information can be found here: https://www.taicfcp.org/MeningitisInFlorida#
May 12, 2022 (In Person-Virtual)
PALs United for Movement Disorders: Showcasing TD Awareness Week Activities to Ignite a Movement
This event built on the work started by CPALs last year with the launch of PALs United for Movement Disorders. Our inaugural PALs United for Movement Disorders web event was held October 26, 2021. Objectives for this follow-up event were to:
Showcase educational and awareness activities conducted during TD Awareness Week.
Highlight best practices from TD Awareness Week to improve understanding of how to more effectively address TD/Movement Disorders.
Continue to unite and strengthen the network of TD advocates to raise awareness and address issues impacting the well-being of persons and caregivers affected by TD.
March 30, 2022 (In Person-Virtual)
Patient Engagement Think Tank Meeting #3 - Goals & Opportunities for Patient Engagement in the US MedTech Industry: Focus on Regulatory & Market Access Phases
Third meeting of Patient Engagement Think Tank involving Med Tech industry representatives, with patient advocacy/patient engagement perspective provided by CPALs, led by Patient Engagement team at Alira Health, with support from MassMEDIC.
January 26, 2022 (In Person-Virtual)
Patient Engagement Think Tank Meeting #2 - Goals & Opportunities for Patient Engagement in the US MedTech Industry: Focus on Clinical Development
Second meeting of Patient Engagement Think Tank involving Med Tech industry representatives, with patient advocacy/patient engagement perspective provided by CPALs, led by Patient Engagement team at Alira Health, with support from MassMEDIC.
December 17, 2021 (In Person-Virtual)
PALs United for Obesity Advocate Advisor Meeting
This was a convening of Advocate Advisors who have direct experience with advocacy/policy related obesity and co-morbid conditions to help CPALs chart out the work we are doing around obesity, through our PALs United for Obesity initiative. The framework for this work can be found here: PALs United for Obesity: Opportunities for Education and Advocacy.
November 16, 2021 (In Person-Virtual)
PALs United for Veterans' Health Roundtable
Moving from Ideas to Action Special Report
Invitation-only leaders roundtable focused on addressing issues affecting Veterans with rare disease/conditions, with the following goals:
Coalesce advocates and supporters from veteran service organizations, rare disease patient health advocacy groups and caregivers, to identify ways of working together to meet the access, diagnostic and treatment challenges specific to rare disease within the VA system.
Connect the group of advocates so they can use a collective voice to address access to care for Veterans affected by rare disease/conditions in the VA system, through education, policy and/or procedural change.
October 26, 2021 (In Person-Virtual)
PALs United for Movement Disorders
This event convened a select group of over 45 health advocacy and policy leaders to coalesce around common goals to raise the profile of movement disorders, like tardive dyskinesia (TD), and advance patient-centered solutions. The event broadly addressed the well-being of persons affected with movement disorders through a combination of presentations from key thought leaders and interactive discussions among event participants. Key objectives of the event included:
Raise awareness and improve understanding of involuntary movement disorders, including TD, in the population of those affected by chronic conditions;
Explore the current educational and awareness work being conducted by patient advocates;
Connect and unite participants to: identify potential policy and advocacy strategies and tactics that address movement disorders; engage and mobilize other stakeholders; collaborate to ensure policies are inclusive, patient-centered, and can lead to improved health outcomes for those affected by these conditions; and raise awareness about and address issues focused on the well-being of their caregivers.
September 29, 2021 (In Person-Virtual)
Patient Engagement Think Tank
Inaugural meeting of Patient Engagement Think Tank involving Med Tech industry representatives, with patient advocacy/patient engagement perspective provided by CPALs, led by Patient Engagement team at Alira Health, with support from MassMEDIC.
October 30, 2020
Empowering PALs: Patient Copay Assistance and the Fight to Protect Access to Affordable Healthcare (Webinar)
A national webinar featuring policy experts and patient advocates from across the country designed to explore important issues related to patient copay assistance and access to care. Panelists covered a variety of topics including private health insurance open enrollment, trends in health plan benefit designs, and a health insurance policy that impacts patient copay assistance and healthcare affordability. The discussion provided education and information on the current status of ever-changing federal policies, and highlighted advocacy efforts and opportunities in which advocates can get involved.
September 25, 2020
2020 World Lung Day
For the 3rd consecutive year PALs United for Lung Health joined many others as World Lung Day 2020 Partners, alongside the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), to advocate for respiratory health globally. #WorldLungDay is an opportunity for organizations and individuals from around the world to join this campaign, to shine a spotlight on the alarming statistics, and to hold their own lung health events. This year’s specific focus was for more research to prevent, detect and treat respiratory infections.
April 29, 2020
National Briefing with CDC: COVID-19 and the Chronic Disease Community (Webinar)
Held in partnership with Chronic Care Policy Alliance, Allergy & Asthma Network, Global Healthy Living Foundation. A virtual briefing with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Hopkins Medicine, UC Davis Health and organizations representing the chronic disease community on COVID-19. Designed to educate health advocates and others about why the COVID-19 virus can put people with chronic conditions/diseases at higher risk for complications and what advocates/caregivers/family members can do to protect those most vulnerable to the virus. Over 2000 participants were involved.
January 20, 2020
CPALs Advocate Advisor Strategic Planning Meeting
Strategic, program and resource planning for 2020 with CPALs Advocate Advisors from across the country.
November 21, 2019
National Patient Advocacy Leaders (PALs) Roundtable: Addressing the Well-Being of Older Adults with Chronic Diseases and Complex Healthcare Needs
Invitation-only gathering of approximately 40 executive level national advocacy leaders in an interactive roundtable setting with national policy leaders, moderated by Susan Dentzer.
Review the current healthcare landscape as it relates to older adults with chronic diseases and complex healthcare needs to identify areas of mutual interest and the potential for organizing a broad array of health advocacy organizations for collective impact.
Explore the issues that impact the long-term well-being of older adults with chronic diseases and complex healthcare needs, the healthcare and social service delivery systems and the growing burden of complex health conditions on patients, caregivers and providers.
Identify opportunities for engagement and collaboration of health advocacy leaders in order to advance the voice of the patient & family in policy that promotes integrated, patient-centered solutions that can improve coverage, promote quality and empower patients, caregivers and advocates in the older adult community.
October 11, 2019
Patient Advocacy Leaders United (PALs United) Florida
CPALs partnered with the Chronic Care Coalition/Chronic Care Policy Alliance to collaborate with Florida health advocates and delve into local policy issues, exploring ways to work together to further advocacy efforts and enhance patient engagement for better patient outcomes.
September 25, 2019
2019 World Lung Day
For the 2nd year in a row on #WorldLungDay, PALs United for Lung Health joined many others as World Lung Day 2019 Partners, alongside the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), to advocate for respiratory health globally. World Lung Day is an opportunity for us all to unite and advocate for better lung health globally. Organizations and individuals from around the world have joined the campaign, to shine a spotlight on the alarming statistics, and to hold their own lung health events.
September 5-8, 2019
US Conference on AIDS
CPALs and The AIDS Institute engaged with key stakeholders for three and ½ days to discuss timely policy issues, share best practices and network. The USCA is in its 23rd year and is the largest HIV-related gathering in the US. It convened more than 3,000 attendees who were focused on the theme “Ending the Epidemic In Their Memory.”
July 10-12, 2019
PALS as a Best Practice at 2019 National Sexual Health Conference
CPALs provided skill building to conference attendees through a session entitled "PALS as a Best Practice - Cultivating Advocates: Building Collaborations and Leveraging Resources."
For information about events prior to 2019, please contact Anne Easter @ AEaster@taimail.org.