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Platinum Ambassador Assembly

The 2018 Platinum Ambassador Assembly took place in Washington, DC, March 12-13, 2018. In lieu of our traditional Advocacy Summit, this NEW event featured specialized and advanced trainings for a small cohort of top grassroots volunteers, our Platinum Ambassadors! The event focused on cultivating skills to excel not only on Capitol Hill meeting with elected officials, but also in their hometowns and with state officials. Platinum Ambassadors received full scholarships to the event as an award for their dedicated advocacy efforts throughout 2017. 

The Advocacy Summit will return next year, and we will alternate these two events in the future.

Please contact Julie Eller, manager of grassroots advocacy, with any questions or concerns you have regarding the Platinum Ambassador Assembly.

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2018 Legislative Asks

Platinum Ambassador Training Videos

Training Video #1: Event Registration & Programming

Welcome to the Platinum Ambassador Assembly! We are producing a number of training videos prior to our event that will help prepare you for success in Washington, DC this March! In this video we discuss registration and the different tracks of programming for the Assembly to help you identify if this event will be a good fit for you this year.

Training Video #2: Legislative 101

This short video provides insight into the federal legislative process and what you can expect on your trip to Capitol Hill.

Training Video #3: How to Have a Successful Hill Meeting

Learn the tips and tricks you’ll need to know to have a successful hill visit with your Members of Congress. Listen to State Policy Director Ben Chandhok and Connecticut Advocacy Chair and Ambassador Paula Haney break down what you need to know before you go.

Training Video #4: How to Follow Up After Your Hill Meetings

In this video, we’ll teach you all you need to know about successful follow up with your elected officials after a hill meeting. Tune in to listen to Director of State Legislative Affairs, Michele Guadalupe and Platinum Ambassador Staci Penner map out the best approach to following up.

Training Video #5: Precision Advocacy - 2018 Legislative Asks

This first-of-its-kind Platinum Ambassador Assembly will focus on precision advocacy, helping you cultivate the skills to take your advocacy to the next level on Capitol Hill and in your local communities. Together we will urge Congress to make step therapy processes more transparent for patients, spread the word about the benefits of joining the Congressional Arthritis Caucus, and ensure people with arthritis have access to affordable, quality care.

As part of our precision advocacy focus, we will be giving you a menu of legislative asks to choose from for your Hill visits. Our core asks will be around step therapy legislation and the Arthritis Caucus, and the menu of options will include policies on a range of topics, from pediatric rheumatology shortages to out-of-pocket costs. Read about our asks and watch our video!

Training Video #6: Know Before You Go

In our final Assembly training video, we'll go through what you need to know before you join us in DC. We will discuss pre-event details like how attendees can get from the airport to the hotel, what mobile apps can help you succeed at the Assembly, and a run down of the event agenda and Hill meetings.

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