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The Patient Empowerment Network, a non-profit dedicated to improving health literacy, is partnering ...

Digital Sherpa Workshop

November 2nd, 2018

Location: 1990 South Bundy Drive, Suite 100 Los Angeles CA 90025
Duration: Single Day
Date: Nov 2, 2018 • 10AM - 2PM

The Patient Empowerment Network, a non-profit dedicated to improving health literacy, is partnering with the Cancer Support Community to bring the Digital Sherpa Program to cancer patients and caregivers in the Los Angeles area and we would love to partner with you to help make it happen. To successfully run the workshop, we need 10-15 students who can volunteer 3-4 hours of their time on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 10am-2pm at the Cancer Support Community (1990 South Bundy Drive, Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90025) to assist cancer patients and their families with becoming more tech-savvy. PEN staff will supervise the students during the workshop and be available to sign off on volunteer hours. Pre-workshop training (half hour) will be offered virtually prior to the workshop and can be completed at the students’ convenience. 

For your reference, below is a brief summary of the Digital Sherpa Program:

The Digital Sherpa Program aims to help cancer patients (mainly 65 and older) and their families become more tech-savvy. The program’s workshops educate patients and care partners in basic internet and social media skills to help them in their search for information about their illness and support for them and their families. 

Cancer patients, known as “Climbers” in the program, are paired with university students, known as “Sherpas”, who have been specially trained by the Patient Empowerment Network to offer skills such as:

  • Internet use (such as opening an email account, navigating Google, and creating and remembering passwords)
  • Social media skills (including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Creating virtual connections with other cancer patients via on-line patient support communities
  • How to use apps such as Uber and other ride-share services to get to appointments

By producing this program we want to show what can be done to help cancer patients and their families become more tech-savvy, educated, self-confident and in control of their cancer journey. By pairing digital natives (your students!) with the older generation, we hope to create an empathetic and powerful relationship that is an asset to any community. Here’s a video that we produced to give volunteers a bit more insight into the positive impact of the program. 


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We hope you will join us! 

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Time Details

4 hours, 10am-2pm PT

Tags: health, mentoring, seniors, technology

Contact Person: Andrea Conners

Contact Email:

Contact Phone Number: 239-728-1202

Organization: Patient Empowerment Network and Cancer Support Community


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