STYPA 2022

The Summer Training Course for Young Patient Advocates (STYPA) is a European Patients’ Forum (EPF) training dedicated to young patient advocates (18-30 years old).


Final project - Communication Principles on Young Patients & Sex

We are so pleased to announce that the final project of #STYPA22 is here! This year's participants worked very hard on developing a wonderful set of principles to use in your communication around sex as a young patient. 

Did you get curious to learn more about the communication principles? Find them here!


STYPA 2022
STYPA is an exciting and unique opportunity offering a tailored high-quality course for young patients or representatives of young patients, providing the space to dive deeper into the delicate topic of sexual health and well-being for young people with chronic conditions. Some of the focus topics include:
- What is the best way to talk to your healthcare provider, partner or potential partners about your sexual health in regards to your chronic condition,
- Familiarizing participants with the importance of body positivity and self image,
- Enhancing the confidence of the young patients to change taboos and misperceptions about young people with chronic conditions and sex.  

When and where? 
Introduction webinar - June 2022;
The face-to-face meeting of STYPA 2022 was held on 14, 15, 16 and 17 July 2022, in Strasbourg, France; 
Follow up workshop webinars - September and October 2022; 
Closing webinar - November 2022. 
*Please, note that EPF will cover travel and accommodation for all accepted participants in the course. 
*The course could potentially be moved fully online, should it be required, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Who should apply? 
Applicants must be:

  • Young Patient with a chronic and/or lifelong illness/condition who is not affiliated with a patient organisation,
  • Young Patient with a chronic and/or lifelong illness/condition who is affiliated with a patient organisation,
  • Young Employee or volunteer of a patient organisation,
  • Alternatively, a family member or carer of a patient with a chronic and/or lifelong illness/condition can take part in the course, if she or he accompanies a young person, and is actively involved in the patients’ advocacy work. The Programme can sponsor only one family member/carer per participant.
  •  18 – 30 years of age at the time of applying,
  • Living in Europe.

Please, note that the entire training will be in English. To successfully take part in this training course, you must have a working knowledge of English.


Related Information

If you have any additional questions or issues with your application, please contact EPF Secretariat member Borislava Ananieva at 


STYPA 2022 Leaflet


Application form