Meet & Share Forum

31 August-1 September 2019

The WHF Meet & Share Forum is a unique opportunity for the global cardiovascular community to share and discuss experiences, ideas, challenges and solutions in the civil society response to cardiovascular disease.

The Forum was designed in collaboration with foundations, societies and associations who play an active role in this interactive and inspiring event. It is an exciting opportunity for foundation representatives across all continents to bring to the agenda their own experiences and use this forum as a stage to showcase successes and challenges at national and regional level.

This year’s Forum will take place over two days, from 31 August to 1 September, and will be built around interactive panel discussions with expert representatives from each global region, focusing on the following topics:

  • Session 1: Leveraging Social Media
  • Session 2: Fundraising
  • Session 3: Campaigns
  • Session 4: Advocacy

Who is the WHF Meet & Share Forum for?

The Forum is relevant for foundation and association teams including CEOs, communications teams, strategy planning or innovation teams, as well as national decision makers and policy health officials and representatives from patient organisations. It is an opportunity to share experiences and national strategies, identify specific key challenges and discuss how to address them.

How to attend

Your registration to ESC Congress together with WCC 2019 makes you eligible for the Meet & Share Forum. Members of the World Heart Federation are entitled to two free registrations per organization. Please contact congress@worldheart.org for more information.

Programme & Speakers

Saturday 31 August - Leveraging Social Media

Panellists will share examples of using social media as a tool to enhance their work. Participants will learn best practices on using social media in diverse settings. Roundtable discussions will cover: social media case studies; leveraging social media on a budget; tips and tricks; and what not to do. After the roundtable discussions, participants will go home with new ideas and plans for how to use social media effectively. At the end of the session, an interactive and thought-provoking speaker will deliver an engaging wrap up talk. Speakers include social media mavens such as Maisha Hutton, Executive Director of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, and Miguel Neves, professional Social Media Strategist.

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Saturday 31 August - Fundraising

Panellists will share experiences fundraising in both pharma and non-pharma spheres, as well as through private donors, grants and events. Participants will be able to tell their own stories and receive feedback on the best fundraising options for their organizations. Roundtable discussions will cover: private donors, pharma and non-pharma industry donors and events. After roundtable discussions, participants will leave with new ideas to fundraise effectively in their own setting. At the end of the session, an interactive and thought-provoking speaker will deliver a wrap-up talk. Panellists include Kristina Sparreljung, SG of the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation, and Aoife Delmas, Head of Industry Services, ESC.

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Sunday 1 September - Campaigns

 Panellists will discuss successful campaigns from idea to implementation. Participants will get the opportunity to ask questions about building campaigns in their own countries and get feedback from others on best practices. Roundtable discussions will cover: creating campaigns on a budget, what not to do, how to best utilise existing resources, and campaign evaluation. After the roundtables, participants will leave with new techniques for creating, implementing, and measuring campaigns in their own settings. Panellists include John Kelly, CEO of the Australian Heart Foundation and Mariell Jessup, Chief Science and Medical Officer, AHA. A thought-provoking speaker will deliver an engaging wrap up talk.

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Sunday 1 September - Advocacy

Panelists such as Beatriz Champagne of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation and Diana Vaca McGhie, AHA, will share experiences developing effective advocacy strategies and how to evaluate success. Participants will get the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback from others on strategic best practices. Roundtable discussions will cover: front of pack labelling, air pollution, fiscal policies to finance UHC, and membership engagement. After the roundtable discussions, participants will leave with new ideas for designing and running effective advocacy strategies in their own setting. An engaging speaker will deliver a thought-provoking wrap up talk.

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Meet & Share Forum 2018

The first WHF Meet & Share Forum took place in Dubai in December 2018 and was a huge success and source of inspiration for anyone considering joining us for this key event in the 2019 calendar.

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