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

We all have a story to tell.

Perhaps you are a patient who 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!

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.

This year, 2024, Your Voice Your Story is a little different!

We are creating a video with Your Voice Your Story entries, past and present, and we need your help.
Simply submit a picture, painting, photo, or symbol with a short blurb explaining how your piece of art reflects what clinical trials mean to you.

Every submission will be featured in our online gallery, and we will select some entries to be showcased in our video. WCF Your Voice Your Story video will appear across our channels during the month of May (and June ) to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day and will help raise awareness of clinical trials & research and their role in health care. 

 This year, WCF is also giving away a $100 Australia Post/ Mastercard Gift Card to the first 5 entries for 2024—a gift from us to you.
All 2024 entries will receive a  White Coats Foundation Keep Cup as a thank-you for your submission.

We continue to welcome 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. 

Please note:  if your submission is selected for final video the image, title, description, your first name and state or territory will be shared in on all our WCF  socials,  website, youtube & vimeo channels. Your submission will act as permission for White Coats Foundation to share your entry and republish on our social channels, website, and any associated collateral.

* The first 5 entries receive a $100 Gift Card.  Gift Card gift valid for Australian entrants only.

Your Voice Your Story  2024 is sponsored by 

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.

Your Voice,Your Story Gallery 2021, 2022 & 2023

YVYS Webinars

The White Coats Foundation selected storytellers for further presentation at the “Your Voice, Your Story” public webinars that were held on International Clinical Trials Day-20th of May since 2021.

The 2022 & 2023 webinars were co-facilitated by Elizabeth Wilson (Director of Prime and Partner Sites, IQVIA) and our 2021  webinar by Melinda Cruz Turner ( Founder of Easy Family Co & Miracle Babies Foundation Senior Research Officer at NHMRC CTC )

All our ICTD Your Voice Your Story webinars have been 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.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. You can see each webinar here . 

Your Voice Your Story - The Webinar Recordings
2023 Webinar
Your Voice Your Story - The Webinar Recordings

2022 Webinar

The 2021 Webinar

Our 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024 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. 

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