19th Annual Advocacy Summit

October 21 – 23, 2017 Washington, D.C. at the Washington Court Hotel

The call for abstracts is now open.

Submit a proposal for an oral presentation or skill-building workshop.

This year, we will explore the role of health education advocates and how one may be best prepared to navigate changes to the political climate of our nation.

Abstracts are encouraged to address these topics:

  • Essentials of effective activism
  • Methods of teaching and describing skills that advocates need to transcend an advocacy topic area
  • Teaching advocacy in today’s system of higher education

An abstract should fall under a main subtheme:

  • Activism: This subtheme explores causes and topics that public health professionals can use their advocacy skills to influence or bring about political or social change for the future.
  • Advocacy Skill-Building: This subtheme focuses on the hard skills that today’s advocates must know in order to create and sustain an advocacy campaign.
  • Incorporating Advocacy in the Classroom: This subtheme targets faculty members (and future faculty members) who are interested in new and interesting ways to teach advocacy to their students.

Plan now to be a part of this opportunity to engage in effective advocacy for a common health education agenda at the national, state and local levels.

Find additional abstract submission information/instructions.

Submission Deadline: Friday, June 2, 2017 @ 11:59 p.m. EDT

More information coming soon.

Students – apply now for a 21st Century Scholarship to attend the advocacy summit. Deadline May 31, 2017.

Sessions provided updates on priority areas from a diverse group of public health, education, and health equity experts.

4 Priority Areas

  • Supporting the Reducing Disparities Using Care Models and Education Act of 2015
  • Legislation authorizing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to test a payment and service delivery model including health education
  • $50 million in funding in FY 2017 to strengthen and expand the CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program
  • $23 million in funding in FY 2017 for the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s School Health Branch to expand health education in schools

“With the support of the conference, my summit attendees, and my advisor, I could go through my senator meetings with confidence in the knowledge and skills I had recently acquired. I am ecstatic to motivate others to attend a future Advocacy Summit to better themselves as future health educators.”

Christian, Missouri

2016 Capitol Hill Visits

cap-hill-1Following the skill-building workshops, participants gathered on Capitol Hill for insight and inspiration from Alyssa Penna, legislative director for Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ). The group held 100 meetings with members of Congress or their staff. Participants particularly loved the opportunity to “walk the talk” during the full day of House and Senate meetings.

Speakers at the 2016 Summit

David Birch, PhD, MCHES, University of Alabama
Amy Thompson, PhD, MCHES, University of Toledo
Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, CDC Office of Minority Health
Cicily Hampton, PhD, MPA, SOPHE
Brigitte W. Johnson, APR, SOPHE
Steven Grant, APR, National Education Association
Jeanine Robitaille, MPH, CHES, SOPHE
Keely Rees, PhD, MCHES, University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES, SOPHE
Cherylee Sherry, MPH, MCHES, Minnesota Department of Health
Daniel Duquette, EdD, University of WI La Crosse
Jerrica Mathis, M.Ed, Drinker, Biddle & Reath
Stephanie Maddin Smith, JD, American College Health Association
Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, American Public Health Association
Anders Cedergren, PhD, University of WI La Crosse
Alyssa Penna, Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)