[Ip-health] Selling Sickness 2013: People before Profits Conference

Joana Ramos jdramos3 at comcast.net
Tue Sep 11 08:05:10 PDT 2012

Selling Sickness 2013: People before Profits Conference
February 20-22, 2013
www.sellingisickness.com <http://www.sellingisickness.com>.

The 3rd  Selling Sickness 2013: People before Profits conference will  
take place in  Washington D.C. next February 20-22, 20132. The 
conference is being organized  by Healthy Skepticism members members, 
Leonore Tiefer (NY) and Kim Witczak (Minneapolis) .  Healthy Skepticism 
is an international organization which aims to improve health by 
reducing harm from misleading health information, 
http://www.healthyskepticism.org/ <http://www.healthyskepticism.org/>

Deadline to submit  proposals for  papers and posters is October 1, 2012.

Message from the organizers:

This will be the THIRD disease-mongering congress (#1, Australia, 2006, 
#2, Amsterdam, 2010), and the FIRST to have full participation by 
consumer health advocates as well as to have submitted papers.
We hope 1/2 the program will be invited presentations and workshops, and 
1/2 will be submitted and expect an attendance of 250.

We plan to feature BOOKTIVISM workshops on starting disease-mongering 
reading groups, and will provide attendees with instructions and 
annotated reading lists - not a new idea to an academic, but it's caught 
on with many of the consumer health activist groups we are inviting.

We will issue a FINAL STATEMENT after the conference as a collaborative 
effort of academics, journalists and consumer advocates. Fiona Godlee at 
the BMJ has committed to publishing the statement and I am hoping to add 
PLoS and other outlets. Neither of the previous disease-mongering 
conferences had any follow-through action but our inclusion of a wide 
array of co-sponsors makes that more likely.

We will have a GOOD NEWS EXHIBIT HALL featuring progressive 
health/pharma-reform-centered projects, organizations, and groups from 
academic, journalist and consumer worlds with guided tours to highlight 
the range of initiatives. We are going to push networking in every way 
we can. The range of projects out there is really staggering and so 
interesting. I would hope that a wide range of groups looking at health 
issues in a progressive and comprehensive way could be involved on the 
program, as cosponsors, and in the GNEH.

Finally, we hope to emphasize the potential for a NEW HEALTH SOCIAL 
MOVEMENT and are inviting leading speakers to address this topic.

Please look at www.sellingsickness.com <http://www.sellingsickness.com> 
and write directly to me (ltiefer at mindspring.com 
<mailto:ltiefer at mindspring.com>) or kim (kim at woodymatters.com 
<mailto:kim at woodymatters.com>) with specific suggestions for program or 
any questions.

Joana Ramos, MSW
Independent Health Policy Consultant
Portuguese Medical Interpreter
Seattle WA
tel. 206-229-2420

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