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Applications now being accepted for Fall 2016 Preeclampsia Foundation Patient Advocates Summit in Orlando, Florida

Last Updated on Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Apply for this training program for families affected by preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome

summit_graphicMelbourne, FL – July 6, 2016 – The Preeclampsia Foundation announced today that applications are now being accepted for their Fall 2016 Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome Patient Advocates Summit. The Summit is taking place October 13 – October 15, 2016, at the Buena Vista Palace Resort in Orlando, Florida. The application deadline to attend is September 1, 2016.

 The Summit is open to women who have experienced hypertension in pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, eclampsia, or HELLP syndrome, or family members of patients who have been affected or lost to the disease. The Summit is intended for preeclampsia advocates who are serious about developing their skills in communication, storytelling, and preeclampsia knowledge to accomplish a greater mission of awareness and education in their local community. Attendees will be charged with taking the skills they have learned and returning to implement change in their local community on behalf of the cause.

“The Patient Advocates Summit will empower the Preeclampsia Foundation’s local volunteer leaders to advance the understanding of preeclampsia in their communities and on a national level,” said the Preeclampsia Foundation’s Director of Community Relations Laney Poye. “We know that the advocates who attend this training have a deep belief that their experience with preeclampsia can be transformed to help empower and educate others. The Summit will help train and guide them through self-exploration, fellowship, and taking action back to their local community.”

The Summit will include participants from all over the US and Canada. The extensive 2.5-day program will cover a variety of topics to improve the effectiveness of patient advocates through interactive media and storytelling training sessions, research updates, and educational seminars led by top experts in the field. Thanks to sponsorship and fundraising efforts by the Foundation, they are able to offer the training and meals for free to the first 60 participants who register. After that, a registration fee will be charged.

The Preeclampsia Foundation has a long history of conducting patient symposiums to educate patients about preeclampsia as a medical condition. This is the first time that the Foundation has taken to provide formal patient advocate training to their national network of volunteers.

"Patients continue to be at the center of our mission, both in terms of what we are able to accomplish through our volunteers’ efforts on a local level, as well as at the heart of the work we do on a national scale,” Poye added.

 If you’d like to become a trained advocate for the leading organization for preeclampsia research and awareness, visit the Summit Registration page and complete the registration application.


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