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2018 Summer Training Course for Young Patients Advocates is about to kick off!

Ensuring the sustainability and future of patient advocacy is very close to EPF’s heart. By providing a 3-day training to young patients and patient representatives, our Summer Training Course will empower the next generation of patient’s advocates and leaders. The second edition is just a couple of days ahead!

The Summer Training Course for Young Patients Advocates encourages young patients and young patient representatives to share their experiences, exchange good practices and seek solutions to common challenges. Part of the EPF Capacity Building Programme, the training course aims to create a vibrant platform where young patients’ advocates will inspire and learn from each other not only during the course but also during the follow-up months.

After a successful first edition last year, we are about to kick off the 3-day training event taking place again in Vienna (Austria) from 1 to 4 July. The programme of the course is inspired by EPF core values:

  • Patients’ empowerment;
  • Patients’ involvement;
  • Sustainability of patient organisations.

Count Us In! Inclusion, Non-Discrimination, and Societal Change

The theme of this year’s training course builds up on the topic of the first edition, Overcoming Discrimination”. It will focus on self-leadership, patient advocacy and the role of patient’ organisations. The agenda will also cover some techniques to create and implement advocacy campaigns, and to establish relationships and networks with key stakeholders.

40 participants from 18 to 31 years old, representing 23 European countries have successfully passed the selection phase. Most of them are young advocates committed to patient organisations, with expertise on specific young patient topics, such as discrimination, access to job market, sexual health, mobility, etc.

By discussing and exploring common issues, the participants will optimise their advocacy impact within their countries, and strengthen their organisations’ legitimacy in young patients’ issues.

You can follow #CountUsIn on Twitter and Facebook for live updates, discussions and snapshots from the event.

Contact person:

Lyudmil Ninov, EPF Project Officer