Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit

Welcome to Washington, D.C.!

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!

At least 54 million Americans are affected by arthritis, meaning they are also affected by decisions made about health care. You can impact health care policies by sharing your story with lawmakers, urging them to take the needs of people with arthritis into account. Our federal events alternate each year: In nonelection years, we host our Advocacy Summit; and in election years, we host our Platinum Ambassador Assembly. Both events empower participants to make a difference.

The Arthritis Foundation 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 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 or at 202-843-0094.

The Platinum Ambassador Assembly is where we bring our most highly-advanced grassroots volunteers together in Washington for in-depth advocacy trainings and strategic meetings with members of Congress.

Click here to learn more about these events that take place every other year!

"We always leave the Summit feeling empowered and like we are making a difference! The Summit gives us hope in our daily battle with arthritis." –Staci Penner, Platinum Ambassador, Kansas

“You should come to Washington, DC, to feel the love and support of the arthritis community and the compassion there is to find a cure and make a difference in everyday life.” –Cindy Copenhaver, Platinum Ambassador, Illinois