Participants:  Dave deBronkart Donna Cryer,  Nick Dawson, Perter Elias, Nancy Finn, Eric Glazer, Terry Graedon, John Grohol, John Hoben, Sarah Krug, Mark Reifsteck,  Danny Sands, Joe Ternullo, Jon Wald

New Board Members
Danny introduced new board members: John Hoben and Mark Reifsteck.  Their bios can be found on the SPM website

Survey Results
Danny talked about how we would distribute a press release outlining the results of a survey conducted by ORC International, on behalf of the Society. The survey consisted of interviews with 1,012 U.S. adult residents, via landline and mobile phone. Highlights include: 88% of patients believe that working with their healthcare professional as a partner will help them manage and improve their overall health and 84% believe that self-tracking their health data and sharing it with their health professionals between visits will help them better manage their health.  The press release and an infographic will be distributed on Feb.1,2016 to the media.

Strategic Goals 2016
Jon Wald presented the SPM Strategic Goals for 2016, developed by a subcommittee of the Executive Committee.  Key objectives include:

1. Advance SPM Stature – Strengthen SPM’s identity as a leading organization advancing participatory medicine

2.  Re-ignite SPM Growth (members and capital $$), by adding 1,000 individual members, 50 Lifetime members and several corporate members by the end of 2016. Also by conducting a capital campaign that would bring in 150k by the end of 2016 and 250k by June of 2017.

3. Strengthen Communication (Internal member communication and external communication)

4. Enhance management of the organization by identifying leadership at the board level and asking each board member to assume responsibility for one flagship project during the next several months, including milestones and objectives. Board members would reach out to members of SPM to assist in this effort.

Among the Flagship projects discussed were: the Learning Exchange, activating the Journal for Participatory Medicine, developing a curriculum on participatory health, SPM sponsorship of a conference or event alone or in collaboration with another affinity organization, publishing a new edition of the Tom Ferguson white paper, e-Patients: How they can help us heal health care.  We will need to seek grants and sponsorships for these flagship projects.

Co-Chair of the Board 
Danny announced that ePatient Dave will be stepping down as the co-Chair of the Board. The next Board call was scheduled for Feb 9, 2016.