2019 ALF Leadership Conference
Every January, the entire universe of the American Liver Foundation—national leadership, executive directors, community educators, event staff and many Board and Medical Advisory Committee members—come together in New York. We are from many backgrounds and geographic regions, but we share a common vision: a world free of liver disease. Over three days, we look back on the previous year’s achievements and forward to the opportunities for the year ahead.
ALF’s Chief Operating Officer, Lynn Gardiner Seim, MSN, RN outlined some of the ways that mission delivery expanded in 2018. There were forty Ask the Experts events with more than 1300 attendees, one public awareness campaigns (liver cancer) and academic debates in several cities. A newly-trained HE cohort of the National Patient Advisory Committee and our Corporate Council are both increasing ALF’s effectiveness.
Division and National staff joined forces to share successful strategies. They included presenting education programs to diverse audiences, advocating for policy changes, communicating—both traditionally and via social media—and building effective Division Boards and Medical Advisory Committees. The synergy among ALF’s staff could be felt throughout the conference as educators discussed the best way to reach out to audiences and modify curricula for newly discovered needs, as well as improve the events that raise the funds for education, advocacy, patient/family support and research.
Some of the plans for 2019 are programs by the Pacific Northwest Division in Seattle and Portland, expansion into Montana by the Rocky Mountain Division, and continued growth in the Southeast Division. ALF will maintain the pace of providing education opportunities and raising awareness for patients, caregivers and family members, medical professionals, and political leaders. Lynn defined the goal for the next year, “All oars in the water, all rowing in the same direction toward our common vision.”
President & CEO
American Liver Foundation
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