The American Activist Agency (AAA) has been building a strategic plan to increase media coverage and digital engagement for the Seventh Annual European Patients’ Rights Day. The Seventh European Patients’ Rights Day will be celebrated with an international conference open to the public on May 16th, 2013 as well as additional events taking place all over Europe on April 18th, 2013. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of new healthcare legislation and existing patients’ rights. The expected participation is 180 people. Within this amount there will be a mix of citizens, patient organizations, health professionals and national and regional health authorities.
The event will hold a morning and afternoon session. In the morning session, there will be a round table discussion dedicated to a brief presentation of new patients’ rights in the directive on cross border care and their implementation to a discussion on citizens’ participation. There will be many prestigious speakers for this morning session such as, Gianni Pittella, the Vice President of the European Parliament and Antonio Gaudioso who is part of the Active Citizenship Network (ACN) and Cittadinanzattiva and many more.
The afternoon session will be dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the Active Citizen Network Report on patients’ involvement in health policies. Patients’ organizations and other stakeholders will present their experience in patient involvement, with a particular attention to Cancer Care.
This event is sponsored by ACN, an informal network of patient advocacy groups, including Cittadinanzattiva, based in Roma, Italy. The American Activist Agency will be meeting with members of Cittadinanzattiva from March23-30. The members of the American Activist Agency will be graduating in upcoming months and will soon be heading into the “real world”. Contributing to an event such as the Seventh Annual European Patients’ Rights Day is an incredible international experience that each member will take with them for the rest of their lives.
By Toniann Caputo