Patient Advocates Seminar 2021

The EPF Patient Advocates Seminar (PAS) will be an online course composed of four online interactive trainings on patient advocacy. The aim of these trainings is to give participants from EPF member organisations stronger knowledge of the European decision-making process, as well as enhanced advocacy skills and strategies and increased cooperation between different organisations. Special attention will be paid to the impact of COVID-19 on the health advocacy space.

The Patient Advocates Seminar has four specific objectives:             

  1. Developing knowledge about the European Union, its institutional structure and its policies in the field of health;
  2. Raising knowledge and awareness of how to get involved in policy-making, transposition and implementation of key EU health-related policies;
  3. Training patient leaders to develop effective advocacy skills to influence national and European health policies;
  4. Building mutual understanding and cooperation among national patient organisations.

When and What are the online trainings topics?

Module 1 (12 Feb): Advocacy awareness through the prism of COVID (90 minutes)

Module 2 (26 Feb): How to influence EU policy (90 minutes)

Module 3 (12 Mar): Creating your lobbying plan (90 minutes)

Module 4 (26 Mar): Executing your lobbying plan (90 minutes)

*Each online training will be a mix of presentation, peer to peer learning and personal work.

Programme. What to expect?

You can find here the full outline of the training.

How to Apply?

Fill out the application form.

Application deadline: 03 February 2021 (midnight CET).  The participation is free of charge. 

Who should attend?

We are looking for maximum 45 highly motivated, active patient advocates who want to improve their advocacy skills participating in an interactive learning event and build innovative and impactful solutions in the field of patient advocacy.

Apply if you are:

  • Staff member or a volunteer of an EPF Member organisation active at European or national-regional level mainly based in but not only in EU countries;
  • Staff member or a volunteer of a cross-section of EPF Member organisations’ membership;
  • Staff member or a volunteer from other European or national-regional patient organisation not affiliated with EPF who have expressed an interest in participating in this event. (Please note that applying organisations must be legally registered associations/NGOs working for the direct benefit of targeted, disease-specific population in a specific geographical scope);
  • Work or committed to work on patient advocacy at national or European level;
  • Have clear goals, motivation to participate and are able to “think outside the box”; 
  • Have a working proficiency in English.

Contact details

Not sure this is something for you? Do you have few questions? Have a look at the PAS webpage and get in contact with EPF Youth Strategy & Capacity Building Assistant Borislava Ananieva at