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.
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Dates and locations for 2019:
- May 4-5, Boston, MA
- August 24-25, Minneapolis, MN
- November 9-10, San Diego, CA
Each of these will follow the model of the 2018 workshops:
- Hosted near 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.
For the 2019 Workshops, we will have an application 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.
This inaugural year of the program we developed a curriculum and set of resources that will be used for an expanded program in 2019. We 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.
Inaugural Workshop: June 2018, in Washington DC.
- Watch some “outtakes” from our first event
- Meet our first class of Empowered Patient Leaders
- COLONTOWNie Charles Griffin, Jr. gave a talk that was the highlight of the weekend
Second Inaugural Workshop: Denver, Oct 27/28, 2018
This Workshop saw the return of some of the DC participants as discussion leaders. We were pleased to partner with the Anschutz Cancer Center in Denver to host this event.
As with the DC event, we kicked things off with a party to give everyone a chance to meet in person. We also had PALTOWN staff and Board of Director members in attendance, and did some fundraising for this and future Workshops.
We added an auditing track to this Workshop for local COLONTOWNies in the Denver area.