The Digital Sherpa Program
This Digital Sherpa program consists of a workshop to help cancer patients and caregivers become more tech-savvy. A group of 10 to 20 cancer patients or caregivers who express a desire to become more competent in Internet and social media skills will meet with college students who have been specially trained as Internet “Sherpas” to offer them a workshop in these skills. The patients or caregivers should bring the laptop or tablet that they normally use. When registering, patients and caregivers will be asked to fill out a very brief survey about their internet activity and skills so that we can best determine their needs. A Patient Empowerment Network representative will run the workshop, and refreshments will be provided.
The students will offer help in basic skills and may include the following:
- Basic twitter skills (opening a twitter account, how to tweet, how to build followers, how to add images, whom to follow, privacy protection, hashtags, tweetchats)
- Basic Facebook skills (opening an account, privacy settings, how to post, Facebook etiquette)
- Google searches and how they work
- Patient Communities such as Treatment Diaries, PatientsLikeMe, StupidCancer, HealthUnlocked, Cancer Support Community
- Bookmarking, linking, sharing
Please check out the video below that was produced from our pilot program.
MPN Digital Sherpa Workshops
We are excited to announce we will be hosting three Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN) specific Digital Sherpa Workshops in conjunction with MPN Research Foundation.
- September 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida at The WELL at USF Health
- September 16, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina at Sara’s YMCA
- September 23, 2017 in Fort Myers, Florida at Lakes Regional Library