While many people with arthritis face different barriers to care, they will stand united in the fight against arthritis and say Yes to Access at the 2017 Advocacy Summit, March 6-7 in Washington, DC.
Yes to Access means knocking down barriers to easy and affordable health care. Advocacy Summit participants will learn how to use their voice and arthritis story to advocate for people with arthritis, then meet with members of Congress and their staff, helping them understand how they can remove barriers to treatment that people arthritis need.
Registration for the 2017 Advocacy Summit is free. Go to arthritis.org/advocate/advocacy-summit to register or for more information.
Why attend the Advocacy Summit? Cindy Copenhaver is an Arthritis Foundation Platinum Ambassador from Illinois and previous Advocacy Summit attendee. “Summit is an important opportunity to learn about the issues that are affecting the arthritis community’s access to care, then meet with legislators who can actually do something about it,” said Cindy. “It’s an opportunity to use your voice, tell your story and make real and meaningful change.”
“My favorite part of the Summit is meeting and networking with other Advocates and listening to their accomplishments and ideas,” said Cindy. “It is exciting meeting our legislative representatives and being the voice in DC for the arthritis community.”
If you’ve never been to the Advocacy Summit or participated in advocacy, that’s okay, says Cindy! “If you are a first time attendee, enjoy the experience! All you really need to do is share your story. That is what Congress needs to know.”
Advocacy Summit attendees will be trained on how to take a meeting with elected officials and will learn about issues affecting the arthritis community so they can confidently discuss them with their legislators. There will even be two training calls before the Summit so attendees can learn more about the issues and Summit logistics, and have their questions answered.
“You should come to the Summit to feel the love and support there is in the arthritis community and the compassion there is to find a cure and make a difference in everyday life,” says Cindy. “Make your plans to attend today!”
Advocacy Summit registration closes on Friday, February 3. For more information contact Laura Keivel at LKeivel@arthritis.org.