Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit

Live Yes! Advocacy Summit

Mark Your Calendars!

The 2019 Advocacy Summit will take place March 11-12, 2019 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, VA. Registration will go live this winter!

The Arthritis Foundation Live Yes! Advocacy Summit is a vigorous two-day conference for people across the country who want to own an important role in the fight against arthritis. Attendees learn how to use their voice and arthritis story to demonstrate the consequences of arthritis and the barriers to essential care many people face. Advocates then have the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress on Capitol Hill, to help them better understand how they can support those affected by this disease.

During the Live Yes! Advocacy Summit, attendees learn how to take action and advocate for people with arthritis, network with others and meet congressional members and their staff. At the Kids’ and High School Summit, children and teens learn how to advocate for themselves and meet other youth living with and affected by arthritis.

For questions, please reach out to Julie Eller, grassroots advocacy manager, at

Advocacy Summit Training Videos

Training Video #1: Live Yes! Advocacy Summit

Watch this video for a brief overview of what to expect at the 2019 Live Yes! Advocacy Summit! We hope you'll join us this March on the 11th-12th in our nation's capitol to raise your voices and share your stories.

Training Video 2: 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!

Travel Award Information

The Arthritis Foundation is pleased to offer travel awards to provide financial support to those interested in attending the 2019 Advocacy Summit. This year, we’re setting our travel award applicants up with the tools they need to Live Yes! through advocacy with our fun and easy Empowered Advocacy Course.  The exciting course is quick and easy—it includes a short, on-demand video lesson and a guiding worksheet. After watching the lesson, applicants will get to show off their new Empowered Advocacy skills by completing our travel award application! The deadline to apply for all travel awards is December 5, 2018.

Travel Award Application