I’m so excited to introduce you to our guest today, William Patterson. William is the Director of Public Affairs with PCOS Challenge, the National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association.
In today’s episode, William shares the importance of the PCOS Challenge and its accomplishments in advocacy for patients, care, and education in legislation. Next, he shares how they have been able to work with the NIH to improve PCOS research to include more than just reproduction, but also now about other side effects such as endometrial cancer, long term risks, and environmental factors. William then shares the importance of PCOS Challenge to get patients connected to resourceful and educated healthcare professionals, because medical weight bias is so prevalent. PCOS Challenge is also hard at work on new medication treatment options for PCOS, and William gives an update on this.
Thursday, March 2nd is PCOS Advocacy Day. This gives PCOS patients an opportunity to share their story with their US Representatives and Senators. William shares how they can support you to take part in this powerful campaign with our lawmakers.
If you are seeking empowerment in your PCOS journey, this episode is for you. Tune in as William shares the huge strides for research, funding, and care for PCOS patients and how you can get involved.
In this episode, we cover:
- How and why the PCOS Challenge was created
- Raising advocacy and awareness for PCOS
- Bipartisan support for PCOS legislation and research
- How funding and research impacts patient care
- The importance of sharing your story
- How to educate your legislators
To sign up for PCOS Advocacy Day: www.PCOS.org/advocacy (Sign up deadline: 2/20/23)
Connect with William:
William Patterson is a Founding Board Member and currently serves as Director of Public Affairs for PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association. As part of PCOS Challenge’s legislative advocacy efforts, William has trained over 500 people including patient advocates, healthcare providers, and students on health policy and legislative advocacy for PCOS. William helped form the Bipartisan Congressional PCOS Caucus in the U. S. Congress. He also helped build a coalition of over 70 major national and international health organizations and led the first successful legislative advocacy effort in the U. S. Congress to recognize the seriousness of PCOS; the need for further research, improved treatment and care options, and for a cure for PCOS; and to designate September as PCOS Awareness Month. William has extensive experience in media and media advocacy. In addition to being a contributor to various national media outlets, William has helped develop one of the largest multimedia bodies of evidence-based content dedicated to PCOS, which includes television, radio, print, and online resources. William is currently directing the committees developing the PCOS National Health Policy Agenda, PCOS Challenge Patient Registry, PCOS Challenge Peer Support and Empowerment Program, and the Externally-Led Patient-Focused Drug Meeting on PCOS.
Prior to his work with PCOS Challenge, William served as Chairman and CEO of The Baron Solution Group, a Top 100 MBE. He was named a Top 20 Business Icon by Exceptional People Magazine. William is a four-time award-winning lecturer and international best-selling author who uses his trademark approach, The Baron Solution™, to coach, train and motivate nonprofit leaders, small business owners, executives, sales professionals and investors. He has shared the stage with billionaires, presidential candidates and Fortune 100 CEOs. William is an internationally recognized business and entrepreneurship coach who has created over 150 products and has been a featured guest on over 1,000 television and radio programs. William is a contributor to Inc. Magazine and Microsoft Small Business blogs as well as a business and financial expert for networks such as CBS and SiriusXM Radio. William’s breakthrough book, The Baron Son has been translated around the world and featured in the Forbes Book Club.
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Michelle Ginskey says
I really enjoyed learning from this podcast! One of my take aways was that Congress does not go looking for problems to solve. So grateful for advocates like you!