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Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Gay Men, Upcoming Events, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

#Healthevoices17: a conference for online health advocates.

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

I’m feeling very fortunate and getting pretty excited now because in just two more days I’ll be in Chicago for #HealtheVoices17.

#HealtheVoices17 is a conference for online patient advocates. Bloggers who advocate for the rights of people living with a variety of ailments, of which HIV is just one.

This year, the conference is proud to host more than 100 attendees from 30 different states in the U.S., as well as Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan Some of these bloggers, like me, deal with HIV.

It’s a truly formidable list of attendees, including such blogosphere luminaries as Kevin Maloney, Joshua Middleton, Josh Robbins, Robert Breining, Davina Conner, Aaron Laxton and more – and that’s just on the HIV front!

Not only will I get to meet and maybe even strategize with some of the blogging heavyweights who will be in attendance, but the conference is also packed full of workshop sessions on such things as “Influencing Healthcare Policy: How to be an Effective Advocate” and “Creating Credible, Strong Content – How to Interpret and Share Scientific Data with Your Audiences.” 

It's all stuff that directly addresses what I do here at and elsewhere so if all goes to plan, I’ll come out of this a much better blogger than I was on my way in.

I’m a pensioner and there’s no way I could have attended had I not qualified for a scholarship so I’m feeling very lucky indeed.

I’ll be posting lots over the following days and some of the sessions will be streamed live so watch this space as it all unfolds.

Janssen Global Services LLC is covering my travel expenses to attend #HealtheVoices17. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

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