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The European Patients’ Forum is an umbrella organisation that works with patients’ groups in public health and health advocacy across Europe. The purpose of the EPF Youth Group is to act as the reference group though which needs and expectations of the young patient community are formulated and communicated to EPF and its members.

Youth Group members are expected to advocate for and on behalf of all young patients to ensure a youth perspective is provided to EPF, and to actively promote the involvement of young patients within patient organisations at both European and national level.

EPF Youth Group members are required to:

  • Attend the two face-to-face meetings(held every spring and fall) and report main outcomes and conclusions back to their organisation,
  • Participate in group teleconferences and social media communication,
  • Help the EPF Secretariat develop and implement projects and initiatives to further goals of the EPF Youth Strategy,
  • Feedback ideas, views and opinions and bring youth issues and opportunities to the EPF Youth Group.

In order to become member of the EPF Youth Group, an individual must:

  • Be between the ages of 15-29 and an EU citizen,
  • Have a chronic condition (or be an experienced and passionate patient advocate and/or carer),
  • Be nominated by a patient organisation which is member of EPF (but not an employee of this organisation),
  • Have a working knowledge of English,
  • Be committed to attending 2-3 physical meetings every year,
  • Show strong motivation and willingness to take a proactive role in engaging with the local young patient community,
  • Have the ability to work well within a team with fairness, integrity and respect of cultural diversity.

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