COMMUNITY OUTREACH

My Compassion provides Community outreach and educational programs to patients, caregivers, healthcare and legal professionals, state departments, universities and the public.

I. Community Meetings:
My Compassion community meetings are open to the public. They are designed to be thorough, to impart the most accurate information about the benefits of cannabis, qualifying conditions, and the laws surrounding patient use. They also serve to encourage feedback from attendees that may bring attention to broader concerns, including competency in service and products from dispensaries, the importance of developing partnerships with local community-based organizations, community safety concerns as prerequisites to health, expansion to a broader “cannabis wellness” orientation, and the socioeconomic factors that impact health in a community, including familial acceptance, cultural disparities, and ignorance.

II. National Cannabis Information Center:
Each year, My Compassion provides information, help, and support to thousands of individuals who call or contact us online. Mycompassion.org serves thousands of visitors each year, offers access to the latest information on cannabis and helps people find programs and services closest to their geographic locations. A wide majority will call the Information Center to learn about specific conditions and how cannabis can help. We receive many inquiries about treatment options, drug interactions, side effects and state laws. My Compassion understands these are important issues that patients face when deciding to use cannabis for medical purposes.

Whether people have questions about cannabis, need practical solutions to daily problems such as finding treatment, or are just looking for support from someone who understands, My Compassion’s trained information specialists are ready to assist 7-days a week.

III. Public Education and Resource Materials:

My Compassion publication materials in their entirety have aesthetically pleasing images and easy to read content. Our materials are mindful of all readers, ensuring appeal regardless of levels of literacy . . . the dialogue offers clear and simple language infused with a warm, supportive tone. The vast content is developed by a collaboration of professionals that include Directors, Medical and Legal Advisors, Patients, Caregivers, Researchers and Cultivators. My Compassion’s educational materials are used for multiple forms of outreach and include:

  1. Brochures are descriptive explaining each condition, potential effects of cannabis, variety of cannabis product types to administer, and contact info to My Compassion’s National Cannabis Information Center via its toll-free number or website. Fact sheets and flyers use heavy imagery with descriptors, charts, graphs, and bright colors that depict topics pertaining to qualifying conditions, facts and figures, diagrammatic images, etc.
  2. Guidebooks on Illinois and Michigan Medical Cannabis Act provide the Patient section of the Act, legislation updates, legal opinions, court findings, judicial process and how to become a responsible cannabis consumer.
  3. The American Cultivator, a quarterly publication, will provide local information on the latest news regarding cannabis health, technology, state and federal laws, science based articles, community meeting schedules, national informational updates, patient testimonials and more.
  4. Online classes, webinars, and podcasts will make educational outreach available to shut-ins and patients who have limited abilities to leave their homes and/or facilities. Each seminar type will utilize technology advancement for increased access to those that are deaf, low vision, disabled or terminal.
  5. Continuing Education Courses are designed to help professionals in Social work, Healthcare, Civil Service and law, learn pertinent information and stay abreast of the emerging use of cannabis in our homes and communities. Through this manner of education, a higher level of confidence will be achieved with medical professionals, patient and caregivers.
  6. Websites deliver high levels of information for anyone looking to learn more about medical cannabis. Our site is easy to navigate and designed to provide information on chronic conditions and the laws. Community meetings and event schedules are listed at all times along with the latest science based evidence and clinical cannabis trials on conditions such as cancer, epilepsy and Crohn’s disease.

IV. Child and Public Safety Outreach:
My Compassion offers a variety of resources to our coalition network to help educate patients and local communities. These resources include awareness campaigns; tip sheets, safety guides and videos on medical cannabis storage, dangers of in-home extraction, potential odors, transporting and accidental ingestion of medical cannabis by children and other adults. My Compassion urges government to enhance the structure and stabilize funding for medical cannabis safety procedures and solutions.

V. Clinical Outreach:
My Compassion’s Clinical Outreach program will be responsible for connecting with healthcare professionals to provide resources for clinical education about medical cannabis care and build a robust clinical community throughout the region serving cannabis-using patients. My Compassion advocates that patients speak freely with their physicians about cannabis usage and how it affects them, without fear of being rejected or removed from other prescriptions they might require. Our Clinical Outreach program equips Physicians with the latest research and information so they too have a better understanding when conversing/advising patients.

VI. Harm Reduction Outreach:
My Compassion strongly advocates for the responsible use of medical cannabis. Our work aims to promote patient health, dignity and community impact through program development and sustainability, organizational development, monitoring and evaluation, and community mobilization. Capacity building assistance is designed to assist in implementing and sustaining science-based and culturally proficient prevention, behavioral interventions and prevention strategies. Our services include advice and support, evaluation assistance, strategic assessment and organizational planning through community consultation and resource development including print materials, presentations, and webinars.

VII. Veteran’s Outreach:
My Compassion takes great pride in assisting veterans with questions and concerns about their requests for medical cannabis. Our years of experience with these veterans have given us a clearer understanding of their needs. My Compassion helps veterans attain better options by working with enthusiastic partners found through churches, local VFW’s, and other related agencies who wish to help, including prospective partnerships.

VIII. Clinical Studies and Grants:
Clinical studies on medical cannabis are essential for helping doctors find new and improved methods for health and chronic condition care. The mandate of the studies is to answer scientific questions . . . better understand drug interactions and define dosage measurements for treating each specific condition with cannabis. Just as importantly we need research on why cannabis shows great promise for improving life threatening conditions like cancer, epilepsy and PTSD. These studies are usually the final step in the process of developing new drugs and other means to fight disease. My Compassion’s commitment to expanding research on medical cannabis is unwavering. As a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization My Compassion is in the perfect position to take part in the upcoming grants for the research of medical cannabis.

VIII. My Tribal Compassion:
On October 28, 2014, the Department of Justice announced that Native American tribes may grow or sell cannabis on their lands, provided they are compliant with the federal conditions laid out for states that have laws allowing such medical usage. Given My Compassion’s extensive list of accomplishments and our distinguished record as a trusted resource for medical cannabis information, My Compassion is honored to be an intricate part of providing the requisite education during each phase of this important development for Native American tribes.