Parkinson’s Patient Advocacy Programs [transcript][audio]

Guest: Veronica “Ronnie” Todaro, MPH

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Veronica (Ronnie) Todaro has served the Parkinson’s Foundation for over more than a decade. In her current position as Chief Operating Officer, she is to ensure that the resources of the organization are aligned with meeting the needs and priorities of people living with Parkinson’s through organizational strategy, execution and day-to-day operations. Her leadership in patient engagement and community-centric programming has been recognized many organizations in the field.  She has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences, including those convened by the National Institutes of Health, the US Food and Drug Administration, the Society for Clinical Trials and the World Parkinson Congress. Ms. Todaro currently serves as a member of the Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  She also serves on the Advisory Committee of North America for the Drug Information Association and the Institutional Review Board at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and is a past member of the Executive Committee for the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) and  Chair of CTTI’s Patient Leadership Council (PLC). Prior to working with the Parkinson’s Foundation, Ronnie held several leadership positions in the public health field, including with Planned Parenthood. Ms. Todaro completed her master’s degree in Public Health in Planning and Administration at the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy at Cornell University.

Segment Overview: Veronica “Ronnie” Todaro, MPH, discusses her work with the Parkinson’s Foundation that focuses on patient engagement programs. She has pioneered a way for millions living with chronic disease to get involved and have a say in the research and care that can improve their lives.

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