In September of 2012 we had our first gathering of
#Cinderblocks or The Partnership with
Patients summit in Kansas City, Missouri.
There were about 70 in attendance and everyone left filled with the
passion that changes hearts and minds.
Sarah Barr wrote about the event for Kaiser Health News.
In the two years
since, people has asked repeatedly about when do we plan to meet again.
Well, I tell you the time has come to
spread the word of our next gathering.
#Cinderblocks2: The Partnership with Patients Continues will be held June 4-6, 2015 in Grantsville, MD.
This conference will be held in the scenic beauty of the
mountains of Western Maryland. This
will be a destination event and the spirit of the conference will be sort of like
Burning Man meets healthcare.
Now some of you may not remember why I use the hashtag #Cinderblocks, so I thought a refresher might be in order...
"When I was a child I went to an elementary school that had few resources. In fifth grade, someone donated a large amount of books to our class. We were very pleased to have them, but we had no bookshelves on which to place them. My teacher was very enterprising though, and she contacted the local lumberyard and requested they donate some two by fours and cinderblocks so we could make shelves. The lumberyard manger said yes, with one caveat, we would have to pick up the supplies.
That year our fifth grade class had a field trip.
We left the school as a class with our strong backs and eager minds. We walked to the lumberyard. Some of us grabbed the two by fours, some of us cinderblocks and some us combined the two to make a carry yoke for two students to heft. We walked those blocks all the way back to school and up three flights of stairs. Then we assembled those shelves and placed the books upon them. We stood back and looked proudly at our work. I cannot believe there was a class anywhere else in the entire nation who cherished their bookshelves as much as we did ours.
We loved those shelves because we overcame adversity and made that which we needed. It wasn't pretty, it wasn’t perfect, but it was ours."
So the really cool thing about this event is that it isn't in the grand ballroom of a four star hotel. It may not be perfect, but it is ours.
You can register to attend here:
How will you get to Grantsville, MD?
The location is about 1 ½ hours by car from Pittsburg or 2 ½
hours from DC/Baltimore.
The Amtrak train from DC has a daily stop in nearby
Cumberland, which is about 20 minutes away.
By Party Bus!!!:
On June 3, 2015 the Health Data Palooza 2015 in Washington
DC will finish. We have a charter bus that can pick up 55 people from that
event and bring them to Cinderblocks2. The bus will take them back to DC on the
afternoon of June 6th.
Who will be there?
We expect to see a very diverse crowd at this event. There
will be people who work in the government, healthcare, crowdfunding and
technology. We expect to see
patients, patient advocates, activists and caregivers. Artists, performers and dancers will be
attending as well as local individuals very interested in the intersection of
art, policy and health.
What is the agenda?
For any folks who arrive on the evening of June 3rd
will have a potluck or cook out depending upon available venues. You are welcome socialize or to rest
depending upon your personal needs.
Conference Day 1
On June 4th we will meet at 8:00 am at Penn Alps
Restaurant and Meeting Center for breakfast and our general session. Then we will do breakout sessions until
lunch. The afternoon will also be
filled with breakout sessions. The formal sessions will end at 4:00pm. Feel
free to explore.
6 pm * Dinner location to be announced.
The Walking Gallery Gathers
At 7:00 pm we will gather in front of the old elementary
school 116 Main Street for a group shot of The Walking Gallery and the
conference attendees. We
will walk from there across the historic Casselman Bridge to the Arts Field by
Spruce Artisan Village. There we will have our evening event
under the big; this portion of the conference event open to the public and does not require tickets. This will be
the 4th large gathering of The Walking Gallery of Healthcare. In this space we will get to hear
people tell their powerful stories. We will get to hear singers and musicians
who are doctors and informatics professionals and choirs that sing on the
Threshold of the dying. In honor
of the Cinderblock itself, we will watch those that dance with fire.
We will embrace the spark within ourselves and remember
those we lost as we endeavor to make this world a better place.
Conference Day 2
On June 5th another conference day begins! At 8:00 am meet at Penn Alps Restaurant
and Meeting Center for breakfast and our general session. Then we will do breakout sessions until
lunch. Lunch will be served at
noon-1:00. The afternoon will also be filled with breakout sessions. The formal
sessions will end at 4:00pm. Feel free once again to explore.
6pm *Dinner and evening event to be announced
Conference Day 3
June 6th at 8:00 am meet at Penn Alps Restaurant
and Meeting Center for breakfast and our general session. This day we will break into small
groups to work on mentoring and individual coaching sessions. General Conference close at noon. The party Bus will be in the Penn Alps
parking lot at 1:00pm to drive back to DC.
Where do we stay?
The Casselman Inn
This hotel is in the heart of town and in walking distance to most of our activities. It is a historic drover's hotel and has more space in a motel addition.
The Comfort Inn
This hotel is right off 68 and is about three minutes away from town center by car.
Please let Regina Holliday know if you would rather be
placed with a local host family.
(If The Walking Gallery Center for Arts and Healing is
fully funded by June there will be rooms there as well. )
So mark your calendars and register! I hope to see you there!!!!