2015 Advocacy Summit

Thank you to all of you who helped to make the 2015 Advocacy Summit such a huge success! Thank you also to Pfizer, Amgen, Lilly and Smith & Nephew for their support!

Advocacy Summit Toolkit

Your voice is crucial – and the Arthritis Foundation can help you amplify it among policymakers. Our Arthritis Advocacy Toolkit is a great resource for individuals interested in advocating for arthritis research and policy issues. It will educate, engage and empower you to make your voice heard by elected officials and decision makers. Use the toolkit to arm yourself with important information that can make a huge difference.

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.  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.

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!

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 advocacy@arthritis.org!


Laura Keivel
(202) 887-2913