Arthritis Foundation In-Person Advocacy Events

Read about past and upcoming advocacy events.

2020 Advocacy Leadership Retreat

2019 Advocacy Summit

Empowered to Live Yes! 

The 2019 Advocacy Summit took place March 11-12, 2019 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, VA.  

Together we are empowered to Live Yes! Your story can move mountains. You have the power to influence your elected officials and break down barriers to the care everyone deserves. By sharing with and educating your lawmakers, you can break down barriers for people with arthritis. The Summit is a forum for volunteers who are dedicated to making a long-term commitment to leadership in Arthritis Foundation advocacy. It is an opportunity to both build meaningful relationships with your elected officials and cultivate the skills to empower and engage other people in your community who are impacted by arthritis. This year’s event will be our opportunity to introduce a new Congress to the many faces of arthritis and the issues most important to the arthritis community. 

WELCOME TO CONGRESS PACKET 

STATE ARTHRITIS FACT SHEETS 

VIRTUAL SUMMIT SIGN 

For questions, please reach out to Julie Eller, Grassroots Advocacy Manager, at  [email protected]. 

Share your Summit experience on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #AdvocateforArthritis 

Training Materials & Resources: 

Advocate Summit Training Videos

LEGISLATIVE 101

Welcome to the Platinum Ambassador Assembly! We are producing a number of training videos prior to our event that will help prepare you for success in Washington, DC this March! In this video we discuss registration and the different tracks of programming for the Assembly to help you identify if this event will be a good fit for you this year.

How to Apply for a Travel Award

Watch this video to have your questions about applying for a Live Yes! Advocacy Summit travel award. This year, you’ll need to complete our Empowered Advocacy Certification Course to be considered for a Travel Award. The course is quick and easy, it’s a great way to amplify your voice as an Empowered Advocate!

Preparing for the Advocacy Summit

In this video, we’ll teach you all you need to know about doing some pre-event research to strengthen your legislative asks by learning a bit more about your legislators through out Action Center. We’ll guide you through what you need to know to make your hill visits the most successful they can be.

2019 Advocacy Summit State Coordinator Training

Watch this video for a deep dive perspective on the role of the 2019 Advocacy Summit State Coordinators to make sure that you have all the information you need to success in Washington, DC. Special guest speaker, Christopher Kush, joins us to discuss the resources made available by Soapbox Consulting.

2019 Advocacy Summit: Know Before You Go

Here's everything you need to know before the 2019 Advocacy Summit!

What are we asking Congress for?

This video will set you up for success by teaching you the legislative asks that we are bringing to Capitol Hill at the Advocacy Summit! Together we will urge Congress to make step therapy processes more transparent for patients, spread the word about the benefits of joining the Congressional Arthritis Caucus, and ensure people with arthritis have quality access to the healthcare they need! 

When your Hill meetings end, you'll be leaving behind several documents for your member of Congress and their staff to review. Check them out below. 

  • Welcome to Congress Packet: Use this resource to educate your members of Congress about the Arthritis Caucus, key federal priorities, and the prevalence, impact, and outlook of arthritis in your state. 

  • State Arthritis Fact Sheets: How does your home state stack up against the rest of the country? Find out how arthritis affects people in your state and what you can do to make a difference. 

  • To find out if your member of Congress co-sponsored the Restoring the Patient's Voice Act (H.R. 2077) in the 115th Congress, click here

Virtual Summit - Take Action From Home

  1. Create your sign: Print out this sign and in one sentence, written large and legible, tell us why you #AdvocateforArthritis! 
  2. Take your picture: Hold your sign and snap a picture- it’s important that your words are large and easy to read in the picture. Ask a friend to take your picture so they can help make sure your message is clear! 
  3. Set an alarm: Our goal is to flood the internet with our messages of hope and determination at 12:00 pm Eastern Time on March 12. Coordinating our posts will help our hashtag gain traction on social media. Set an alarm on your phone or calendar right now to remind yourself to post your picture online at 12:00 pm eastern on March 12! 
  4. Plan your post: Your post can be simple, just reiterate the reason that you #AdvocateforArthritis! You’ll want to make sure to include the hashtag #AdvocateforArthritis and tag the Arthritis Foundation.    
  5. Send it live: On March 12 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time, your alarm will ring to tell you it’s time to share your story online. You can view all of the posts in our social media aggregator on our Advocate 101 web page. 

PRINT THE SIGN HERE 

Social Media Advocacy Tips

If you want to take your post to the next level, you can:  

1. Tag your members of Congress. Your post can tell them why you #AdvocateforArthritis and to keep an eye out for our Advocacy Champions on the Hill that day.   

Example tweet: “I #AdvocateforArthritis with the @ArthritisFdn because patients are the ultimate stakeholders in health care. @ SenatorCantwell& @PattyMurray, look out for our Arthritis Advocates on Capitol Hill this March 12!”  

 
2.Share a Link to our Action Center. Encourage your friends to take action by your side by sharing a link to arthritis.org/actioncenter. There they’ll be able to pick an action alert of their choice that will allow them to send a pre-formatted letter to Congress, emphasizing the asks from our Advocacy Summit. This will help us amplify the voices on Capitol Hill an encourage members of Congress to support our arthritis priorities.  

Example tweet: “I #AdvocateforArthritis with the @ArthritisFdn because patients are the ultimate stakeholders in health care. Take action with me by sharing your story with Congress at arthritis.org/actioncenter 

 
3. Raise Awareness for your Walk to Cure Arthritis Team Page.By posting your reason to #AdvocateforArthritis with a link to your team or donation page, you have an opportunity to reach new people with your message and motivate them to help contribute to research for a cure.  

Example tweet: “I #AdvocateforArthritis because I am one of the 300,000 children in the United States with juvenile arthritis. You can support my @ArthritisFdn advocacy by joining or contributing to my Walk to Cure Arthritis Team. [Include a link to your team page]”  

Post your pictures with our #AdvocateforArthritis hashtag and we will show the world that we are Empowered to Live Yes!  

Platinum Ambassador Assembly

The 2018 Platinum Ambassador Assembly took place in Washington, DC, March 12-13, 2018.

In lieu of our traditional Advocacy Summit, this NEW event featured specialized and advanced trainings for a small cohort of top grassroots volunteers, our Platinum Ambassadors! The event focused on cultivating skills to excel not only on Capitol Hill meeting with elected officials, but also in their hometowns and with state officials. Platinum Ambassadors received full scholarships to the event as an award for their dedicated advocacy efforts throughout 2017.  

The Advocacy Summit will return next year, and we will alternate these two events in the future. 

Please contact Julie Eller, manager of grassroots advocacy, with any questions or concerns you have regarding the Platinum Ambassador Assembly. 

ASSEMBLY AGENDA 

SOCIAL MEDIA SIGN 

2018 LEGISLATIVE ASKS 

Event Registration & Programming
Welcome to the Platinum Ambassador Assembly! We are producing a number of training videos prior to our event that will help prepare you for success in Washington, DC this March! In this video we discuss registration and the different tracks of programming for the Assembly to help you identify if this event will be a good fit for you this year.
How to Follow up After Your Hill Meeting
In this video, we’ll teach you all you need to know about successful follow up with your elected officials after a hill meeting. Tune in to listen to Director of State Legislative Affairs, Michele Guadalupe and Platinum Ambassador Staci Penner map out the best approach to following up.
How to Have a Succesful Hill Meeting
Learn the tips and tricks you’ll need to know to have a successful hill visit with your Members of Congress. Listen to State Policy Director Ben Chandhok and Connecticut Advocacy Chair and Ambassador Paula Haney break down what you need to know before you go.
Know Before You Go
In our final Assembly training video, we'll go through what you need to know before you join us in DC. We will discuss pre-event details like how attendees can get from the airport to the hotel, what mobile apps can help you succeed at the Assembly, and a run down of the event agenda and Hill meetings.
Legislative 101

This short video provides insight into the federal legislative process and what you can expect on your trip to Capitol Hill.

Precision Advocacy - 2018 Legislative Asks
This first-of-its-kind Platinum Ambassador Assembly will focus on precision advocacy, helping you cultivate the skills to take your advocacy to the next level on Capitol Hill and in your local communities. Together we will urge Congress to make step therapy processes more transparent for patients, spread the word about the benefits of joining the Congressional Arthritis Caucus, and ensure people with arthritis have access to affordable, quality care.

As part of our precision advocacy focus, we will be giving you a menu of legislative asks to choose from for your Hill visits. Our core asks will be around step therapy legislation and the Arthritis Caucus, and the menu of options will include policies on a range of topics, from pediatric rheumatology shortages to out-of-pocket costs. Read about our asks and watch our video!
I Want to Contribute
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  • Donate

    Donate

    Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.

  • Volunteer

    Volunteer

    Join us and become a Champion of Yes. There are many volunteer opportunities available.

  • Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

  • Partner

    Partner

    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.

Donate


Ways to Give

Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20 and you'll receive access to helpful tools..... and more. 

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

Gift Planning

I want information on ways to remember the AF in my will, trust or other financial planning vehicles.
 

Volunteer


Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.


More About Volunteering

Live Yes! INSIGHTS


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Partner


Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

Trailblazer

Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

Visionary

Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

Pioneer

Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

Pacesetter

Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

Signature

Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

Supporting

Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.