CISCRP is relaunching a special “Volunteer Network” offering members of the community an opportunity to get involved in the nonprofit’s mission to educate the public and patients and engage critical stakeholders as partners in the clinical research process. This network will enrich the study volunteer experience, shift public perception around clinical trial participation, and improve public awareness and engagement.
CISCRP has always been grateful to have the help of volunteers from all different backgrounds, and as the organization has grown, so too have the programs. Today they are better defined than ever before. To be inclusive of the whole community, which includes professionals, patients, and caregivers, CISCRP’s programs have been revised to include a Medical Hero Alumni Community and an Ambassador Network.
The Medical Hero Alumni Community caters to clinical research participants, and their friends and family, encouraging them to share their personal experience and insight. There are various ways in which Alumni can contribute. Volunteers have the option to join a Patient Advisory Board to review study protocol design, participate on an Editorial Panel to review lay language summaries, or enroll in a Patient Clinical Trial Journey Workshop. CISCRP provides Alumni educational materials and resources to build awareness in their communities. With ongoing support, they can confidently host booths at local health fairs, libraries, educational institutions, and other public venues. Alumni are also welcome to attend and/or speak at CISCRP’s events, including Medical Hero Appreciation 5Ks and AWARE for All. In addition, Alumni are encouraged to submit a personal story to be featured in the “Medical Hero Spotlight” section of CISCRP Quarterly Newsletter.
The second part of CISCRP’s Volunteer Network is the Ambassador Program. Newly tailored to industry professionals, Ambassadors are welcome to share their expertise about clinical studies in settings that focus on improving clinical research processes and advocating for study participants. This program gives professionals an outlet where they can continue to use their talents to make a real difference in public health outside of their everyday work responsibilities. Examples of ways Ambassadors can help are: join a Speaker’s Bureau; present at CISCRP-hosted AWARE for All events; host booths; share CISCRP’s educational materials and resources; and serve on the organization’s event planning teams.
CISCRP also creates opportunities for the general public to get involved. Opportunities include supporting CISCRP’s upcoming events, sharing CISCRP’s PSA videos, or simply making a donation.
If you are interested in learning more about the Volunteer Network, please contact Kat Marriott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Kat Marriott, Marketing & Communications Coordinator