Dear PPALS supporters,

After closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 public health crisis, Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences’ (PPALS) curriculum planning team, has decided to cancel the 2020 Sanford/ PPALS Patient Advocates Certificate Training (PACT) course, scheduled for May 11-14, 2020. This  PACT course will now be held May 2021 in Sioux Fall, South Dakota.  

Notifications will be sent out via social media, PPALS’ website and emails.  PPALS has been in discussion with Sanford Research about this decision. We will confirm the May 2021 dates as soon as possible.

Your participation and support of the Sanford/PPALS PACT course is greatly appreciated and we hope that you will consider joining us in 2021, to bring this respected and novel curriculum to those seeking a better understanding of the patient advocacy profession.

If there is to be a glimmer found in this, it is that PPALS will work toward initiating and growing our webinar capabilities.  We will be in touch with news of what we plan to do! 

Thank you and stay well.



Sanford/PPALS PACT Conference

Save the Date for the Patient Advocate Certificate Training (PACT), a partnership between Sanford Research and PPALS to take place May, 2021 in Sioux Falls, SD.


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Industry is beginning to recognize this role and the importance of a more integrated approach to Patient Advocacy. Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences (PPALS) is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the function of Patient Advocacy within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. PPALS represents, supports and encourages individuals to achieve the goal of improving the lives of their respective patient communities.

Establishing a strategic Patient Advocacy function can help a company gain a deeper understanding of patients and their unmet medical needs.

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