Applications Now Accepted for 2008 Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum

June 28, 2007

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Applications for the sixth-annual Donald M. Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum are due September 16, 2007. The Forum is an award-winning program that educates neurologists who demonstrate a genuine interest in advocating for their profession and their patients. Since 2003, the program has trained 150 neurologists from 38 US states and ten countries. The Forum will be held January 10 through 13, 2008, at the St. Regis Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply now.

The Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum blends media skills development with grassroots legislative advocacy training. Over the course of four days, 2007 participants developed advocacy action plans on topics of their choice - based on the healthcare challenges they face where they live and practice. They identified precise goals as well as the target audiences, resources, target dates, and milestones that related to each goal. These action plans will serve as the advocates' road maps throughout 2007.

Plans developed by the class of 2007 covered many issues including: creating State Neurological Societies in Kentucky and Iowa, increasing patients' access to Anticonvulsant drugs, upgrading telemedicine networks in rural areas to improve stroke care and prevention, advocating for the passage of the ALS Registry Act by Congress, and many more. Previous Forum graduates return as advisors to help coach the new advocates through the action planning process. Read about the 2006 Forum.

The Donald M. Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum is supported in part by an educational grant from UCB Pharma.