PALTOWN’s Empowered Patient Leaders Workshops are 1 1/2 day programs to train patients and carepartners to be community leaders and social influencers for their networks in and beyond COLONTOWN. Participants learn best practices in community management, share experiences, and work together to develop solutions for the many issues that arise in the conversations in COLONTOWN’s 100+ neighborhoods. At the conclusion of the Workshop, participants are awarded the designation “Empowered Patient Leader.” It is our hope that soon, all of COLONTOWN’s neighborhood admins will be “EPLs.”
Each Workshop is facilitated by experienced community leaders, including alumni of previous Workshops. Additional faculty include representatives from advocacy organizations and prominent clinicians. COLONTOWN members with relevant expertise from social work to Facebook group administration lead focused sessions as part of the weekend’s offerings.
The Workshops are produced by PALTOWN (the nonprofit that also supports COLONTOWN). PALTOWN secures funding through donations and corporate sponsorship so that we can offer travel and lodging stipends to attendees.
Check out the Agenda from our Minneapolis 2019 Workshop: Agenda (pdf)