2018-2019 Workshop Program
The Workshops are 1 1/2 day programs to train patients and caregivers 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 the PALTOWN Development Foundation (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.
This inaugural year of the program we are working to develop a curriculum and set of resources that will be used for an expanded program in 2019. We have invited participants from the ranks of current COLONTOWN neighborhood admins to attend the first two workshops. These experienced community leaders will shape the training we hope to offer to an expanded group in 2019.
Second Inaugural Workshop: Denver, Oct 27/28, 2018
This Workshop will see the return of some of the DC participants as discussion leaders. We are pleased to partner with the Anschutz Cancer Center in Denver to host this event, and plan to reach out to other cancer centers for Workshops in 2019.
As with the DC event, we will kick things off with a party on Oct 26 to give everyone a chance to meet in person. We will also have PALTOWN staff and Board of Director members in attendance, and will be fundraising for this and future Workshops.
We are adding an auditing track to this Workshop for any local COLONTOWNies in the Denver area who would like to attend, whether or not they are (or want to be) neighborhood leaders. Auditors can attend the full workshop but will be responsible for their own expenses.
- Are you a crc patient or caregiver in Denver? Contact us if you are interested in attending!
- We’d love to see you at our party on Oct 26th! Get your ticket!
PALTOWN plans to offer 3 regional Workshops around the US next year. We intend to follow the model we will pilot in Denver:
- Hosted at a major cancer center;
- Presented in partnership with a leading crc clinician from the center;
- Preceded by a fundraising reception the night before;
- Open to local auditors in addition to the formal participants.
We are also looking at scheduling 2019 Workshops adjacent to major cancer research conferences, allowing participants to extend their stay to attend those if they would like.
For the 2019 Workshops, we will have a formal application process open to any COLONTOWN members interested in becoming neighborhood admins and community leaders. We will tap our 2018 class of EPLs to create an admissions committee that will develop criteria and review applications.