Your Voice Your Story

WCF holds a webinar for "Your Voice Your Story" on International Clinical Trials Day

At White Coats Foundation we believe It is important to understand the voice of all consumers, including those that haven’t participated in clinical trials, and include their perception in the conversation. For some people, trials may represent hope, and opportunity whilst for others, they may represent apprehension or fear of the unknown. 

“We are always looking for feedback, ideas and we actively try and promote discussion around  how we as a foundation can communicate the importance of clinical trials in improving health care”  says WCF  Founder Christine Zahren 

One of our most recent initiatives was  Your  Voice Your Story, we invited people to express their “Voice”  by creating a picture, painting, symbol or sending in a photo that represents what clinical trials mean to them.

We had some amazingly detailed and emotive entries and the initiative culminated in a webinar which WCF held on ICTD 2021.  

Your Voice, Your Story

2023 Entries Now Closed

The Idea

Sometimes it is difficult to put feelings into words. White Coats Foundation invites people to express their “Voice”  by creating a picture, painting, symbol or sending in a photo that represents what clinical trials mean to them.
Submissions are open for next year's YVYS March 2024

We all have a story to tell.

Perhaps you are a patient that has benefited from participating in a clinical trial, a recipient of an approved medication that is available because of a clinical trial, a health care professional who supports patients on clinical trials or an industry professional who is witness to the impact that medical advances can bring to people’s lives. Perhaps clinical trials are a mystery or complicated to understand. Whatever the circumstances, we want to hear people’s voices and see their stories. You don’t have to have participated in a clinical trial to enter – we want to hear everyone’s thoughts!

We continue to welcome every year,  entries from patients, family members, health care professionals and industry professionals.  We want to connect with ALL communities, a diverse range of people and cultures.  

The stories may be uplifting or heartbreaking, thought-provoking and educational. Stories are what connect us as humans and this initiative is an opportunity to create an image that is both personal and powerful. 

The White Coats Foundation will select a shortlist of entries for further presentation at the White Coats Foundation “Your Voice, Your Story ” public webinar to be held on Friday, 19th of May, as part of the International Clinical Trials Day celebration.  

Your Voice Your Story 2023 - The Webinar Recording

We would like to thank all the amazing presenters who shared their stories and all that attended the 2023 session.

Everyone’s views are shaped by their experience, and it is this lived experience and unique voice that is essential to guiding how we innovate the development of new treatments.

Lots of key themes emerged today around the positive aspects of clinical trials- hope, time, options, but also the challenges associated with them- eligibility, access, timing and gatekeepers of information.

 Your Voice Your Story is now in its third year. It is with much gratitude we thank our storytellers, this year and every year, for sharing their stories.  For us, it is a privilege that you choose to do this at our event . 

Your Voice,Your Story Gallery

Your Voice Your Story - The Webinars

2023  Your Voice, Your Story event heralded our third successful year of holding this event.

Yet again we had extremely positive feedback from those that participated and attended the webinar. WCF understands that inclusion and collaboration are essential to raising clinical trials awareness  and Your Voice Your Story is a great vehicle for helping people come together to tell their stories and share their voice. 

The White Coats Foundation selected storytellers for further presentation at the “Your Voice, Your Story” public webinar held on International Clinical Trials Day-20th of May.  

The 2022 & 2023  webinar’s  was co-facilitated by Elizabeth Wilson (Director of Prime and Partner Sites, IQVIA). It was an informative, inspirational and moving session.  We were honored to bring together so many amazing people who shared very personal insights that will hopefully give others a voice.

A big thank you to all who submitted entries & attended our Your Voice Your Story webinar on #ICTD,  & to our storytellers, thank you for sharing your personal stories with us. It was a privilege. 

The 2022 Webinar

The 2021 Webinar

Our 2021, 2022 & 2023 Sponsor

We would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to our sponsor for supporting this initiative.

Since “Your Voice Yours Story’s” inception, Boehringer Ingelheim has been part of the initiative. It’s their sponsorship that has enabled WCF to continue with this storytelling and enabled us to introduce a gift card for those who share their voice and story at our webinar on #ICTD every year.

Most importantly, Boehringer Ingelheim’s contribution makes it possible for us to continue to raise awareness of clinical trials and their role in healthcare. 

International Clinical Trials Day - May 20th

20 May is International Clinical Trials Day. International Clinical Trials Day commemorates James Lind’s experiment with citrus fruits as one of the first reported clinical trials in medicine. Lind was able to provide evidence of the link between fruit and preventing scurvy.  International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world to raise awareness of the importance of clinical trials and research in healthcare.

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