Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit

2019 Advocacy Summit

Empowered to Live Yes!

The 2019 Advocacy Summit will take place March 11-12, 2019 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, VA. Registration is available here!

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. Join us in Washington, DC at the 2019 Advocacy Summit on March 11-12 to make these goals a reality.

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.

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

Event Information

Registration Information

The deadline to register for the 2019 Live Yes! Advocacy Summit is February 4th at midnight Eastern time.



Hotel Information

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

2800 S. Potomac St., Arlington, VA, 22202


The deadline to book your room is February 13, 2017.

Room rates for a single room are $269 per night, and double rooms are $279 per night.

Hotel Location

The hotel is located just over a mile from DCA - Washington Reagan National Airport


Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by February 11, 2019 to Julie Eller at

If you wish to rent a wheelchair or scooter, please call Spectrum (301-587-2992) or Mobility Solutions (301-650-0035) to reserve equipment in advance of the Summit.

Event Agenda

Sunday, March 10

5:00 - 8:00 PM  |  Participant Registration

7:00 - 9:00 PM  |  (Invite-Only) - Platinum Ambassador Reception

Monday, March 11

7:00 - 8:00 AM  |  Morning Wellness Activity

7:00 - 10:00 AM  |  Registration

8:00 - 9:00 AM  |  Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 AM  |  Kids Summit Check-In

9:00 - 11:45 AM  |  Kids Summit 

9:00 - 10:00 AM  |  Opening Session

10:00 - 10:45 AM  |  Capitol Hill Panel Discussion

10:45 - 11:00  |  Coffee Break / High School (Grade 9-12) Summit Check-In

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  |  Advocacy Training Sessions

Advocacy 101, 201, and 301 based on participants' advocacy level

12:15 - 1:15 PM  |  Working Lunch: Delegation Meetings

1:15 - 5:00 PM  |  Kids & High School Summit

1:15 - 2:30 PM  |  Breakout Sessions

Live Yes! Advocacy Connect Module
State Implementation Fireside Chat
Precision Advocacy Through the Year
Advocacy Family Feud

2:30 - 2:45 PM  |  Break and Action Center Demo

2:30 - 3:45 PM  |  Breakout Sessions

3:45 - 4:00 PM  |  Break and Live Yes! Online Community Demo

4:00 - 5:00 PM  |  Breakout Sessions

6:30 - 8:15 PM  |  Excellence in Advocacy Dinner

Tuesday, March 12

7:00 - 8:00 AM  |  Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:30 AM  |  Final Send-Off

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  |  Hill Meetings

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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!