The centerpiece of the PALTOWN model is the experienced peer/patient leader. Discussion in all of the many neighborhoods in our colorectal cancer community (COLONTOWN) thrives because of the commitment and care of the dozens of volunteer community leaders. The work these leaders do in helping to welcome new members, foster connections between members, and keep the online commons a safe and civil place for all is critical to the success of COLONTOWN.
PALTOWN Community Leadership Workshop
- Inaugural program to be held June 16-17, 2018 in Washington DC
- 2 day program for current COLONTOWN community leaders and leadership aspirants
- Faculty to include subject matter experts in cancer treatment and current clinical trials
- Attendees will not only develop leadership skills but participate in a workshop to refine the new training curriculum for future years.
Grass Roots Support
- Funding for the inaugural Workshop comes in part from our community; the project was launched by a successful series of online fundraisers by community members.
- All of our current community leaders began as citizens of COLONTOWN; patients and caregivers who stepped forward to help create the neighborhoods and nurture the conversations.
Continuing Education - the “Mayoring Knowledgebase”
- The Workshop will also generate the initial set of resources for PALTOWN's Community Leadership online education offering, to eventually include:
- An illustrated handbook of community leadership best practices
- Video library covering topics including acclimating new members, handling death and grief, and dispute resolution
- Resources to keep abreast of the rapidly changing landscape of clinical trials and treatment advances
- Externally developed community management resources