On September 14, 15, and 17, the AUA hosted the 2021 Patient Advocacy Connections Program (PACP) as part of AUA2021. This year’s virtual event successfully connected more than 70 participants from 28 urology-focused patient advocacy organizations, AUA members, and industry partners throughout the three-day Lunch & Learn series. The Lunch & Learn program included two engaging roundtable discussions. The first roundtable addressed the needs in improving clinical trial diversity, where attendees discussed key challenges, partnerships, and legislative efforts to make participation in clinical trials more accessible. The second roundtable discussion focused on the changing landscape in patients’ access to care due to the pandemic. This discussion started with a presentation on limitations, restrictions, and hurdles to care for geriatric populations, and then continued into an open dialogue with meeting participants on other issues relating to patient access.
The final component of the program was “Advocacy Rounds,” a virtual networking event. This was the second year the PACP hosted this interactive event. Advocacy Rounds utilized Zoom breakout rooms to connect PACP participants with key members of AUA/UCF leadership, including members of the Public Policy Council, Legislative Affairs Committee, Research Advocacy Committee, and Research Council. The event provided an opportunity for AUA members to learn about AUA’s advocacy partners and their advocacy areas of interest. Our partners noted this networking event as a highlight of the overall program experience and the AUA team extends a special thanks to all our members and partners for dedicating their time to this event.