Janssen Global Services, LLC, paid for my travel expenses for the conference. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
I had the honor of attending the HealthEVoices conference April 21st – April 23rd, 2017 in Chicago IL. This conference is sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. HealthEVoices is an annual conference held to educate, inspire and connect online advocates.
How To Apply
Of course, as with any event, there is limited space. To attend (2017) you must complete a quick and easy application process that consists of written questions and a video explaining why you would like to attend and what you want to get out of the conference. My video was a little goofy in my opinion, but I was 100% myself. About 3 weeks to a month after I submitted my application, I received my first email inviting me to the conference, I was elated!
On to the good stuff. This conference was jam packed with information sessions, interviews, patient panels and more. Everyone had their own schedules but of course we all came together for certain sessions and meals. I really enjoyed meeting advocates from all health journeys. I loved talking to people I’ve followed and have been inspired by for years. I was going to attempt to include everything I learned and experienced at HealthEVoices in this post, but unfortunately, there’s just no possible way! It was just too much, I will however, include a lot of pictures to give a glance into what the sessions were like. You can also (still) follow the conference via Twitter stream which I will include below:
Key Take Aways From HealthEVoices
I have learned so much from this conference, here are some of my key takeaways and how I plan on acting on what I’ve learned:
- You can never know too much: HealthEVoices was jam packed with so much information; it only confirms what I already knew: I don’t know enough about *insert political, health and other references here.* Which is why I’ve enrolled into various courses to learn more about (for now) health and politics and in the future, other topics we’ve covered like bills and how to reach out to my representatives (effectively), what changes are needed in my community, ect. There’s a lot I have to learn but I’ve always been open to learning and bettering myself as a person, just taking it one step at a time. Side note: If you would like to learn more on a certain topic, but don’t have the funds to do so, try searching online. There are quite a few schools that offer free courses online.
- There’s always more that can be done, that needs to be done: While it’s always great to move one step forward, there are always more steps to be taken. Never stop working to become more informed and better advocacy and activist efforts.
- If you don’t know, learn it: There’s no shame in not knowing, not learning is where the problem comes in.
- Social media management: Some sessions were lead by Facebook and Youtube representatives who shared a lot of good insight on social media and expanding your reach.
Overall all I absolutely loved the conference. I laughed (and cried) with so many people. I loved the atmosphere and that so many people from various walks of life are all encouraged to share their own unique story and point of view. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow and I am (once again) sooooo grateful I could attend. – A huge THANK YOU to Janssen and everyone who contributed to making this event such a success!