The PAN Public Policy Forum 2002
Dear Friends, PWP's, and fellow Advocates,
As many of may you know by now, the Parkinson's Action Network will be holding its 8th annual Public Policy Forum May 19 -- 21 this year. As the premier educational program for Parkinson's advocates, the Forum brings together Parkinson's advocates from across the country and empowers them to take an active role in helping to find a cure for this devastating disease.
This year's Forum will focus heavily on advocate training to help participants train, recruit and organize new advocates in their home communities. The event will include interactive sessions with officials from NIH and other agencies, workshops about the legislative process and building a local grassroots network, as well as role playing exercises and other training on how to interact with congressional officials and make the best case for the Parkinson's agenda. In addition, leading Parkinson's researchers will participate in a scientific briefing on the state of Parkinson's research and the latest breakthroughs. On the final day, advocates will meet with their Members of Congress. The Forum is an invalua ble tool that unites the community with one voice in our common goal -- finding a cure for Parkinson's!
As one who attended the Forum in 2000, I came away with more knowledge, energy, and the determination to beat this illness than I could have imagined. Also, this is a special year for those who might like to attend the forum but find that the cost of registration, travel and accommodations is prohibitive. A substantial scholarship fund is available to those who need financial help to defray the cost of attendance.
I urge anyone interested in attending issues Public Policy Forum to contact the Parkinson's Action Network at email@example.com or call- (703) 518-8877, or (800) 850-4726. If you are looking for a traveling companion or roommate for the Forum, or would just like to speak with someone who has attended in the past, please log onto PAN's new Discussion Board to chat with fellow advocates! The new website is located at www.parkinsonsaction.org . Registration forms can also be downloaded at the website.
Hope to see you there.
Greg Wasson - California State Coordinator
Parkinson's Action Network Grassroots Advocacy Program
707-795-7017 - fax and phone