Kids Arthritis Advocacy Summit

Kids' Summit


The Kids’ Summit is part of the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. Kids who have arthritis (and their siblings), ages kindergarten through eighth grade, will be able to spend time with other children who have JA. The Kids' Summit allows children to:

  • Play games and create materials to present to congressional offices
  • Become trained on how to speak to senators and representatives
  • Speak with health care experts
  • Learn how to advocate for themselves

Kids in ninth through twelfth grades will attend the training sessions with their parent(s). All kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who also registers for the Advocacy Summit.

After the Kids' Summit is complete, children will then join their parents for visits to Capitol Hill. There they will speak face to face with their congressional representative about funding for arthritis research and other important issues, such as addressing the serious shortage of pediatric rheumatologists and the burden of costly arthritis medications.

For questions about the Kids' Summit, please contact Laura Keivel at 202-887-2913 or