August 19 is National Patient Advocacy Day. We have plenty to celebrate! The AUA collaborates with more than 75 patient organizations. Looking ahead, here are a few ways our patient advocacy serves to educate, address urologic health disparities, and identify new policy related issues.
The Urology Care Foundation’s Prostate Cancer Impact Alliance (PCIA) and Kidney Cancer Impact Alliance (KCIA) will meet in person in Washington, D.C. in September 2022 and November 2022, respectively, to advocate on Capitol Hill and to discuss and identify prostate and kidney cancer initiatives.
Additionally, the PCIA Health Equity and Patient Physician work groups will host two new webinars as a part of the Impact of Diversity in Urology series. The first webinar is titled Men Who Have Sex with Men and will be held on September 29th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET. The objective of the webinar is to help provide urologists with more tools and resources to better serve men who have sex with men as they undergo treatment for prostate cancer. The second webinar is titled Emotional Wellness and will be held on November 17th, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET. The objective of this webinar is to provide patients and physicians with resources to support mental health during all stages of treatment. Registration links for each webinar will be provided at a later date.
Lastly, the Bladder Health Alliance will be hosting an in-person program in October to discuss and identify bladder health policy issues and initiatives.
We look forward to keeping you informed on the AUA’s patient advocacy activities and are grateful for the continued support from the Public Policy Council.