2009 Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum Convenes in San Diego

January 27, 2009


"If loving advocacy is wrong, I don't want to be right," sang Marcus Ponce de Leon, MD, one of the Advisors at the Seventh Annual Donald M. Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum.

A 2008 Palatucci graduate, Ponce de Leon joined nine other Advisors in mentoring thirty new program attendees in San Diego earlier this month. The participants were trained in strategic communication, media, and grassroots legislation skills. They also each developed individual action plans focused on an advocacy issue of their choice.

Broad Geographic and Interest Backgrounds

The physician attendees who came from 17 states and four countries, including Austria, Canada, Jamaica and Nigeria, range from residents and fellows to experienced practicing and academic neurologists.

Areas of interest include:

  • Coalition development
  • Patient rights
  • Medication costs
  • Telemedicine
  • Increasing research funding
  • Public awareness of neurological diseases
  • Addressing disparities in care
  • Veteran healthcare

Review all of the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum Action Plans.

In addition to working on their own areas of interest, the advocates will join the growing advocacy network started by the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum.

Palatucci Forum Network

Since its inception in 2003, the Palatucci Forum has trained over 200 advocates from 39 US states, as well as Austria, Australia, Canada, China, Jamaica, Japan, Georgia, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Many successful projects have resulted from the relationships developed at the Forum and other advocacy events sponsored by the Academy, such as:

The Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum was named after the late Donald M. Palatucci, an early proponent of advocacy by neurologists who passed away in 2002. Read a 2003 memorial article published in Neurology®.

If you would like more information regarding the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum or other Advocacy Opportunities sponsored by the Academy contact Melissa Larson at mlarson@aan.com or (651) 695-2748.