Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit

2016 Advocacy Summit

The Advocacy Summit is March 14th – March 15th at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia! Thank you to those of you who participated in the first phase of our virtual summit. We received approximately 1,800 letters that we will hand deliver to Capitol Hill during the event!

About the Summit

Join Arthritis Foundation Advocates at the Advocacy Summit and become a Champion of Yes. Learn how to take action, advocate for people with arthritis, find your voice, network with Advocates and meet with your members of Congress and their staff. Children are welcome to attend the Kids' Summit, where they learn to advocate for themselves and meet other children living with and affected by arthritis.

Dress is business casual. You will receive a green t-shirt upon registration that you will wear on Capitol Hill.

Advocacy Summit Information

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Advocacy Summit Toolkit

Download the Arthritis Foundation's Advocacy Summit Toolkit to engage and empower yourself when making your voice heard by elected officials and decision makers.

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2016 Summit Agenda

Read the latest Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit agenda here.

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Kids' Summit

The Arthritis Foundation's Advocacy Summit features the Kids' Summit, designed for kids with arthritis and siblings who are kindergarten aged or older. Bring the whole family!

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Advocate on Social

You can still help the Arthritis Foundation champion the fight against arthritis by attending our virtual summit! Learn more about our policy priorities and see how you can help.

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Hotel and Transportation Information

Find hotel and transportation information for the Arthritis Foundation's Adocacy Summit here. You'll learn about room rates, airport transporation and more.

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Advocacy Summit Travel Award

Apply online for an Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit Travel Award, which are awarded from the National and regional offices.

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

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


Laura Keivel
(202) 887-2913