Welcome to Washington, D.C.!
Arthritis knows no political affiliation and affects over 50 million Americans. We can impact policies in Washington by telling our stories to Congress so that when they make decisions on health care, they will take into account the needs of people with arthritis. People attending one of our events in Washington, like the Platinum Ambassador Assembly or the Advocacy Summit, have said it has transformed them from being a patient with arthritis to an empowered patient!
The first ever Platinum Ambassador Assembly took place in 2018, bringing together our most advanced grassroots volunteers for strategic advocacy training and to share their stories with elected officials. This event, which is a smaller event taking place during election years, celebrates our most advanced and engaged grassroots Ambassadors and Platinum Ambassadors with training designed specifically for them.
The Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit is a two-day conference that takes place on non-election years and calls on 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 impact of arthritis and the barriers to essential care, then meet with their members of Congress on Capitol Hill, helping legislators better understand how they can help people affected by this disease.
The 2019 Advocacy Summit will take place from is March 11-12, 2019 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, VA. During the Advocacy Summit, attendees will learn how to take action and advocate for people with arthritis, network with Advocates and meet with members of Congress and their staff. Children and Teens will attend the Kids' and High School Summit, where they will learn how to advocate for themselves and meet other children living with and affected by arthritis.
"We always leave Summit feeling empowered and like we are making a difference! Summit gives us hope in our daily battle with arthritis." -Staci Penner, Platinum Ambassador, Kansas
“You should come to the Washington, DC to feel the love and support there is in the arthritis community and compassion there is to find a cure and make a difference in everyday life.” -Cindy Copenhaver, Platinum Ambassador, Illinois
Advocacy Summit Information
Read the latest Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit agenda here.
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!
New in 2017, the Advocacy Teen Summit will give teens the opportunity to learn about advocacy and how they can use it to make a difference on Capitol Hill, their states and in their own lives.
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.
Find hotel and transportation information for the Arthritis Foundation's Adocacy Summit here. You'll learn about room rates, airport transporation and more.
Apply online for an Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit Travel Award, which are awarded from the National and regional offices.
There’s a lot of excitement and activity at Advocacy Summit. Check out these pics from the 2017 Advocacy Summit and see our Advocates in action!
Read, download and share one-pagers and other materials utilized at the 2017 Advocacy Summit.
Read More About the Success of the 2017 Advocacy Summit
- Advocacy Summit Day 2 Highlights: Advocates Meet with State and Federal Policymakers to Share Their Stories
- 400 Volunteers Prepare for Meetings with Congress: Advocacy Summit Day 1 Highlights
- Record Number of Advocates Earn Platinum Ambassador Status
- More than 100 Kids and Teens to Meet with Members of Congress at Advocacy Summit
- Staci Penner and Graci Diggs Selected for Advocacy & Access High Honors