Patient and Family Voices Will Resound at 2016 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care

Patient and Family Voices Will Resound at 2016 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care

“Ideas can come from anyone and anywhere and can be inspired by any kind of life experience.”  So says President Barack Obama in this clip as he introduces Ramona Pierson, a tech entrepreneur he has hailed as an example of innovation and entrepreneurship.  The life experiences that have inspired Pierson to create a social network dedicated to promoting lifelong learning and connecting knowledge seekers around the world can be traced to her experience as a patient.  She will share how one led to the other as a keynote speaker at the 2016 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care. 

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Ramona Pierson

Pierson will be just one of many patients and family members sharing their stories, their insights and their solutions for creating a more patient-centered healthcare system.

The event will take place in Chicago, Illinois from October 30 through November 2.  In addition to Pierson, patient and caregiver keynote speakers include Alex Sheen, who channeled his grief and memories of his late father into the “because I said I would” social movement and non-profit, and Nancy Frates, whose advocacy for patients with ALS – including her own son – includes creating the ice bucket challenge.

Alex Sheen
Alex Sheen

For every Pierson, Sheen and Frates who are creating global movements, there are countless patients and family members helping to make change happen at the local level.  The Planetree Conference will serve as a venue for celebrating and sharing their work as well.  Patients and family members will present sessions, participate in panel discussions and be recognized for the instrumental role they play in helping to shape a more patient-centered healthcare system.

Nancy Frates
Nancy Frates

Register here to attend the conference.  (Discounts are available for patient and family advisors who register, with additional discounts provided to those who present).

Proposals are currently being accepted to present 30 minute conference sessions.  Find more information on applying here.