Healthcare Communications Boot Camp 3

29-30 September, Boston


Healthcare Communications Boot Camp 3


29-30 September, Boston

About the Event

Welcome to the third edition of P World's Healthcare Communications Boot Camp!

With 8 electrifying keynotes by PR professionals from North America's leading hospitals and healthcare organizations, a full-day workshop with Lee Aase, Former Communications Director, Social and Digital Innovation at Mayo Clinic and over 5 hours of engaging discussions, attending the Healthcare Communications Boot Camp 3 will help you reframe your communications strategy for the new reality.

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Key Themes of the Boot Camp:

  • Crisis communications planning in a time of constant crisis
  • Media relations in the new reality
  • Next generation communication and online strategies

Why attend?

  • Learn how your colleagues are adapting their communications strategies 
  • Rewrite your crisis communications plan for the new, post-pandemic reality
  • Maintain your reputation in times of unprecedented change
  • Keep your team energized and strengthen employee engagement
  • Understand the new rules of media relations
  • Build your online community to engage with patients and your audience
  • Explore new ideas for launching your next generation communication and online strategies
  • Leverage the experience of others in the field

    Best Savings - Group Rates Available!
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Facts & Figures

  • Previous speakers at our healthcare events include healthcare communications experts from Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Michigan MedicineSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Canadian Patient Safety Institute , American Diabetes Association,Boston Children's Hospital,NHS Foundation Trust, Virginia Department of Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Yale Medicine, SickKids Foundation...
  • Our delegates work for some of North America's leading healthcare organizations, such as, Brockville General Hospital, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Grey Bruce Health Unit, American Heart Association, William Osler Health System, Keck Medicine of USC, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer...


Kristen Dattoli Boston Children's Hospital

Michael Morrison Mass General Brigham

Colleen Young Online Community Director, Mayo Clinic Connect

Chloe A. Politis Mount Sinai Health System

Megan McCann Northwestern Medicine

Marni Usheroff Cedars-Sinai

Serena Bronda Brigham and Women's Hospital

Lee Aase Former Communications Director, Social and Digital Innovation, Mayo Clinic

Liz Vandendriessche Johns Hopkins Medicine

Aidan Callery Johns Hopkins Medicine



Registration and Morning Coffee


Rewriting Crisis Planning: What Has the Covid-19 Crisis Taught Us About Crisis Communications
Drawing from his experience with the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013 and now COVID-19, Michael will share with you the importance of adapting your crisis communications strategy for the new reality. He will also talk about how COVID-19 has changed disaster preparation and how to integrate traditional media and social media to protect your organization’s reputation in turbulent times.
Michael Morrison, Director of Media Relations, Massachusetts General Hospital


How to Manage and Measure Your Organization's Reputation in the Digital Age

COVID-19 showed us that there is nothing more powerful than a good reputation, especially online. In this interactive presentation, drawing from their experience at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Therese and Liz will share with you how to take an active approach on reputation management and build and maintain a positive online presence in a world where technology is ever evolving. They will touch on how to manage reputation locally and nationally, touching on community relations, social media, media relations strategies and transparency and reviews. They will also share the challenges in reputation management to better prepare and maintain your reputation in a time of constant crisis.

Liz Vandendriessche, Assistant Director of Media Relations, Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Aidan Callery, Consumer Engagement Digital Marketing Manager, Johns Hopkins Medicine


Developing an Agile Digital Newsroom for the Pandemic Era
Using examples from the Cedars-Sinai Newsroom, Marni’s presentation will cover tactics for finding stories, leveraging your newsroom platform to get media coverage, pivoting during a crisis and how to think like comms professional but act like a reporter.
Marni Usheroff, Lead Communications Specialist, Media Relations, Cedars-Sinai


Lunch for Speakers and Delegates


Effective Media Relations in the New Reality: Where Do We Go From Here?
The global coronavirus pandemic fundamentally changed how media covers news and altered the practice of Media Relations. In this new reality, healthcare PR professionals need an updated playbook to make their stories breakthrough in a constantly crowded news cycle. In this session, we’ll cover:
- How COVID-19 changed media relations and where we go from here
- Tips for getting your stories covered when the media is still focused on COVID-19
- The problem of misinformation and how to rebuild trust in health care providers

Megan McCann, Program Director, National Media Relations, Northwestern Medicine


The Future of Healthcare Media Relations - Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic 
In this interactive session, Serena will share with you how COVID-19 has changed media relations and what we, as communications professionals, have done to adapt. She will share with you a step-by-step guide on delivering public health messages from trusted sources and tips for managing a constant crisis. Serena will also talk you through the importance of having the right content strategy on social media during a crisis based on a data used in a study that Brigham has done in collaboration with Boston University.
Serena Bronda, Senior Media Relations Specialist, Brigham and Women's Hospital


Kids in Crisis: Case Study by Boston Children's Hospital
In just the past decade, trips to emergency departments for mental health rose by some 60 percent. The COVID-19 pandemic has only magnified an issue that was already on the brink. In this presentation Kristen will discuss creating a multidisciplinary communications strategy around the pediatric mental health crisis.
Kristen Dattoli, Director, Enterprise Communications, Boston Children's Hospital


Networking Break


Online Communities: The Next Must Have Social Media Tactic
Learn how Mount Sinai achieve the following goals by creating, managing and integrating an online condition-based community:
- Highly integrated healthcare pathway to hospital services
- Connect emotionally with patients, caregivers
- Change relationship from occasional to ongoing
- Position Mount Sinai as people who care
- Increase revenue from hospital services
Chloe Politis, Director of Digital and Social Media, Mount Sinai Health System


The Strategic Advantage of Owning Your Online Community
The hallmark of successful online communities is connection and conversation. But if no one is talking, you don’t have a community. To build a thriving online patient community, you need strategic community management. 
In this presentation, Colleen Young, online community strategist and Community Director of Mayo Clinic Connect, shares lessons from the field and guides you through a methodology that works. You’ll learn how to:
- Establish an active, thriving community using strategic community management and prepare for success
- Recruit, inspire and train volunteer leaders to scale moderation as the community grows 
- Co-create projects with community members that benefit both the community and your organization

Colleen Young, Principal, CY Connect & Community Director, Mayo Clinic Connect


End of Day One


Mastering Crisis Communications in the Digital Age: A Full Day Interactive Workshop with Lee Aase, Former Communications Director, Social and Digital Innovation at Mayo Clinic

A trailblazer who has led the healthcare industry in embracing social and digital media platforms, Lee Aase works with clients to harness these communication power tools to solve business problems and create opportunities. He led Mayo Clinic’s pioneering adoption of social media in 2006 and founded the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network, an industry-leading global network that helped healthcare professionals and organizations use social media effectively.
In this one day fully interactive workshop, he will explore how we can be fully prepared for a crisis in the new reality.   Together we will discover what success looks like in crisis communications and gather learning from situations where people have got it right.  We will also find solutions together and hear from the experience of each other.

At the end of this workshop, you will:
- Understand the relationship between advance preparation and speed in crisis communication
- Be equipped to review your organisation’s tone, language and style on social media in a crisis
- Be familiar with aggressive question types in crisis media interviews and how to deal with them
- Be ready to review your organisation’s crisis communications plan in the light of the workshop
- You will leave the workshop feeling energized, with a checklist of actions to take back as you seek to take your crisis preparedness to the next level.

Part 1: Becoming a social media pioneer 
Learn how Aase used his personal experiences with social media to pivot the marketing and content strategies at Mayo Clinic to expand beyond word of mouth and news media stories, how social media use has evolved in the industry over the years, and where it may be heading in the future.
Part 2: Preparing for the unexpected 
Lee will use some of the work Mayo Clinic has done in the last year in responding to the quickly changing circumstances under COVID, and how their preparation enabled the medical center to adapt quickly and meet internal and external communications needs.
Part 3: Crisis Simulation Scenario

Our partners


Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor, Boston, USA

Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor
Address: 101 Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128, United States
Phone: +1 617-568-1234

Located at the Logan International Airport, this Hyatt with soundproofed rooms offers a free transfer to the airport terminals and is 6.4 km from the Boston Common and the Freedom Trail.
Views of Boston and the Boston Harbor can be enjoyed from some rooms at the Hyatt Boston Harbor. The rooms also have a flat-screen cable TV and an iPod docking station.
The ferry to the Boston city centre is available at the Logan Aiport Ferry Terminal and is nearby the hotel.
Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market are within 9 minutes’ drive of the hotel. The USS Constitution and the USS Constitution Museum are 8 km away.