PatientAdvocacy.Academy – trendy answer for real needs
The first edition of PatientAdvocacy.Academy was addressed to PAG representatives acting in the area of plasma-derived products. These extremely engaged people face many obstacles: they often don’t have enough knowledge and experience to face complicated, unfriendly and bureaucratic world of healthcare laws and policies. We wanted to give them practical knowledge on patient advocacy – effective tools, procedures and best known solutions.
PatientAdvocacy.Academy – first edition
First edition of the PatientAdvocacy.Academy took place in June 2018. The course was focused on:
- developing a professional NGO and building a team of engaged volunteers
- effective public policy advocacy
- efficient fundraising and creating financial strategy
- building relations with media, doctors and other stakeholders
Training lasted 21 days. Every day participants received an access to a new video (lasting about 15 minutes) and a short exercise which helped them to practically implement gained knowledge. They also had an opportunity to discuss the topic on a special closed group. The course ended with a special live Q&A session and a live summarizing session. Participants could resolve their last doubts and get extra tips. All the materials were available for the participants on a dedicated e-platform 24/7, also 6 months after the course.
In the first week participants get to know how to manage a patient organization and how to plan its activities. In the second week we draw their attention to patient education and effective patient advocacy. In the third week they get to know how to effectively collect funds for activities and how to use social and conventional media to achieve goals.
The course was complemented with a grant competition. It was an opportunity of PAG’s leaders to win an unrestricted donation for their activity.
First edition – impressive results
The overall skills assessment, according the self-report of the participants, before the course was 5,8 (on a scale of 1 to 10) while after the course – 7,8. It’s a 35% increase of their own skills assessment.
The participants assessed the course very high – general evaluation was 8,5 (on a scale of 1 to 10). The choice of subjects has been evaluated 8,8 while the usefulness of the information – 9,0.
Moreover, the participants were asked if they would like to attend a course like this in the future. 66,7% of them answered “Definitely yes”, while 33,3% “Rather yes”. There was no other answers!