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Meet International Advocates
... and hold the date for 2021!

The International Conference
on Patient Advocacy

globe made of flagsPatient Advocacy Around the World!

Meet international patient advocates!

In lieu of gathering together this year, we instead invited advocates from around the world to share videos of themselves describing their advocacy experiences in their countries.

From Naomi in Japan, to Oana in France, from Dorothy and Rachel in Australia, to Ayman in Saudi Arabia, advocates in Canada and the United States, and more, we invite you to hear what they have to say, then ask them questions about advocacy in their countries, too.

Meet our international advocates here.

Updated October 2020


The leadership of ICOPA has come to a difficult decision to NOT hold an in-person ICOPA conference in 2020.

While it saddened us all to make that decision, we know it is in the best interests of you – our potential attendees and sponsors. Our international focus this year, from Japan to Jacksonville, from New Zealand to New York, from Saudi Arabia to San Antonio – and all points in between – meant taking travel risks and attending sessions in a “packed” venue during this uncertain time when keeping our distance can translate to staying healthy.

So hold the date for ICOPA 2021!
We’re already confirmed for Chicago, October 21 – 23
… More details as we get closer to registration in Spring 2021.


We announced several weeks ago that we would hold three virtual events between October 2020 and May 2021. However, after further study and cost estimating, we have decided not to hold those events. We could not justify the benefits to you – our audience – at the price we would have had to charge to be sure you had a stellar experience, and received CEs as you needed them, too.

Are you still interested in an online conference experience for advocates in 2020? 

Then please check out the upcoming WASHAA Conference being held in early November.


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2021 – Hold the Date!

We’ll be back in Chicago at the North Shore Senior Center

October 21 to 23, 2021

We hope to see you there!

(Take a peek at some of the fun from last year’s event!)

 Would you like to be notified of
upcoming event information?

We’ll keep you updated on our 2021 Conference, and other possible online gatherings between now and then.

Please submit the following:


Teri Dreher

Teri Dreher

Patient Advocates

Chicago, Illinois

Anne Llewellyn

Nurse Advocate

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