Triage Cancer is offering an opportunity to join our volunteer advocacy team.  We have developed the Triage Cancer Advocate Training to train people who are interested in getting more involved in advocacy efforts on behalf of the cancer community. Triage Cancer works to ensure that everyone has access to the information and resources needed to live their best lives beyond diagnosis.

Advocates accepted into the training program will gain advocacy skills, learn about key cancer-related legal issues that impact the cancer community, and will receive resources to take back into their own communities. Triage Cancer will provide ongoing support throughout the year, as volunteers engage in their advocacy efforts.

Download the Advocate Training flyer here. 

How to Apply:

Individuals will be accepted to participate in the Triage Cancer Advocate Training based on their application. We encourage anyone interested in engaging in cancer advocacy efforts to apply. Applicants should share what they hope to gain from the training, and how they will share the information learned with their community. You must be 18 years or older to apply. Eligible applicants must reside in the United States.

Applications for the Triage Cancer Advocate Training is now open! Applications must be submitted by 5pm Central on July 31, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 7, 2020. If you have any questions, please email info@triagecancer.org.

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Advocate Training Requirements

Participants in the Triage Cancer Advocate Training must agree to:

  • Attend a full 2-day training, held in Chicago, IL, Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10. Participants will need to travel to Chicago on Thursday, October 8. Triage Cancer will cover air or ground transportation and a 2-night stay at a hotel. (More information about lodging to come). See below for details about the training.
  • Participate in 3 Triage Cancer Webinars during 2020.
  • Participate in a virtual meeting of the Triage Cancer Advocacy Training Team (date TBD).
  • Represent Triage Cancer at a minimum of two activities in their communities (e.g., health fairs, cancer survivorship conferences, run-walk events, etc.).
  • Connect others in their community to Triage Cancer’s programs and services throughout the year.

Advocate Training Details: Chicago, IL

Day 1: Friday, October 9, 2020 – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Building Advocacy Skills

  • Conducting community outreach
  • Engaging along the spectrum of advocacy
  • Communications skills
  • Sharing your story
  • Public speaking and presentation tools


Day 2: Saturday, October 10, 2020 – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Cancer-Related Legal Issues at the Triage Cancer Conference

  • Being an Empowered Patient and Advocate
    • Talking with Your Health Care Team
  • Understanding Your Health Insurance Options
    • Health Insurance Terms You Need to Know
    • How to Choose Between Plans
    • COBRA, Medicare, and Medicaid
    • What to Do When You Lose Coverage Through Your Employer
  • Navigating Your Health Insurance Coverage, Clinical Trials, & Appeals
    • Making the Most of Your Health Insurance Coverage
    • How to Find and Pay for Clinical Trials
    • What to Do When an Insurance Company Says No
  • Managing Finances After Cancer
    • Managing Medical Bills
    • Thinking Creatively About Financial Assistance
    • How to Rebuild Your Financial Health
    • What Estate Planning Documents Do You Need
    • Financial Decisions to Protect Your Family
    • Wills, Trusts, & Powers of Attorney for Financial Affairs
    • Advance Health Care Directives, POLST
  • Employment Issues: Working Through Treatment, Taking Time Off, Disability Insurance, and Returning to Work
    • How to Get Help Working Through Treatment or Returning to Work
    • How to Take Time Off and Get Paid
    • Employment Rights of Caregivers
  • Cancer Survivorship & Advocacy Opportunities

For questions about the Triage Cancer Advocate Training, please email info@TriageCancer.org.