Reshaping Healthcare: Thinking Differently after COVID

COVID-19 has exposed the inadequacy of healthcare systems around the world and brought public attention to government and private institutions alike. The lack of preparedness points to inefficiencies, lack of resources, and the impact of for-profit healthcare. COVID offers an opportunity to reshape healthcare in ways that were impossible just a few months ago. The pandemic may be the...


Preventive Care & COVID

COVID-19 has exposed the inadequacy of healthcare systems around the world and brought public attention to government and private institutions alike. The lack of preparedness points to inefficiencies, lack of resources, and the impact of for profit healthcare. COVID offers an opportunity to reshape healthcare in ways that were impossible just a few months ago. The pandemic may be the...


Practical Solutions for Patients during COVID

The end of quarantine has little meaning for the millions of patients with chronic medical conditions around the world. While the healthy begin to get back to some semblance of a life, those with pre-existing conditions are left to wonder when, and if, that will be a possibility. With so many basic questions left unanswered, the need for simple, practical solutions to patient problems is greater...


Mental Health, Well-Being, and Psychosocial Support for Patients

As people around the world report significant and sustained increases in symptoms of depression and anxiety, it has become abundantly clear that COVID will impact our mental health just as hard as our hospitals and economies. Social-distancing and stay-at-home orders, job loss and insecurity, uncertainty and worry--all contribute to a growing crisis that is falling hard upon...


Telemedicine and Access to Care

An important consequence of the global pandemic has been to greatly accelerate the use of telemedicine. While this development has enabled continued contact between patients and physicians during COVID, it has also exposed the pervasive inexperience of our medical systems with digital and virtual models of care. This session will bring together patients, physicians, and advocates to discuss...


Safely Returning to Clinical Trials

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, clinical trial recruitment and enrollment is down 40-60% across therapeutic areas. As the quarantine period ends, we are left with many questions about how to safely move forward with research, especially for patients suffering from serious, life-threatening diseases that might increase their risk of dying from COVID-19. This session will bring together the...


Going Virtual: Best Practices for Advocacy Organizations

A major change wrought by COVID is the transition to virtual communication. Advocacy organizations face the daunting task of restructuring their entire communication frameworks to meet this new reality. This session brings together experts from academia, advocacy, and industry to discuss how to build a virtual organization, run a virtual conference, and initiate virtual fundraising, so...


Coalitions & Collaboration

In a post-COVID world, advocacy organizations will face increased pressure to meet their mandates with fewer resources and fundraising capability. Coalitions offer a simple and effective way to pool resources, share information, improve problem-solving, and increase awareness. In this session, we will investigate the impact of coalitions on patient advocacy and explore best practices for forming...


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