Advocacy Summit

Thank you to all who attended the 2014 Summit! We appreciate your support!

Save the Date!  The 2015 Advocacy Summit is March 23-24 at the Doubletree Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.
More details will be available in fall 2014.

Media from the Summit

McKenzie Rowbotham on WGIR New Hampshire

Ryan Donnelly in the Daily Record and in the Sentinal New York

Sara Clark, Mia Clark, and Danielle Vrba in the Libertyville Review in Libertyville, Illinois

Angela Young, Cameron Young, Martha Diaz-Taylor, and Cheryl Suhr in the Meade County Register in Meade County, Kentucky

About the Summit:

The Advocacy Summit is an annual event when people living with and affected by arthritis come from every corner of the United States to convene in Washington, DC.. There they learn how to advocate and build a continuing relationship with their Members of Congress and their staff. 

Together, with other advocates and Arthritis Foundation staff, meet with legislators and staff on Capitol Hill to tell Congress that ignoring arthritis is unacceptable and more needs to be done for people with arthritis.  If we don't let Congress know that something must be done about the pain, cost and disability of arthritis, no one else will!

Our Issues

What are we advocating for on Capitol Hill?  Click the below issue briefs and Issue Expert Training webinar links to find out!

The Patient's Access to Treatment Act: HR 460

Access to Pediatric Rheumatologists

Research Funding at the Department of Defense


We asked advocates: Why do you keep coming back to the Summit?

"I keep coming back to the Summit because I want to find a cure for arthritis.  Being one voice is good; joining my voice with others is even better.  For my legislators to be able to put a face with a story and to feel the emotion behind it is much more impactful than a letter in a mailbox.  I want the awareness I raise to have an influence on legislation passed to improve the lives of people with arthritis." - Amy, Ohio

"We keep coming back to the Summit because it's important to continue telling our story and sharing the Arthritis Foundation's advocacy priorities with Congress.  Each story makes a difference." - Kate, Iowa

"In an article that chronicled my daughter's battle with arthritis, Representative Welch, was quoted saying about Anika, "She was the one that brought the legislation to my attention.  It's hard to forget her. She was a breath of fresh air.  And she advocated not just for herself, but advocated for children like herself all around the world."  This is our continued goal:  to advocate for children and adults that battle the leading cause of disability.  And what better way to do this than face to face." - David, Vermont

"I keep coming back to the Summit because there is nothing like a face to face opportunity to tell your member of Congress what is important to you. Having my kids there puts a face on the story. Traveling all the way to Washington PROVES how serious we actually are. We also love the fellowship and education opportunities provided to us by participating." - Kim, Illinois

Tell us!  Why do you keep coming back to the Summit?  Send us an e-mail at!


Laura Keivel
(202) 887-2913