SOPHE Annual Advocacy Summit
The Advocacy Summit (Summit) is a two-and-a-half-day meeting held in Washington, DC. that increases the capacity of health education professionals and students to engage in effective advocacy for a common health education agenda at national, state and local levels. The Summit enables public health leaders to share advocacy training, materials, and resources. Following the Summit, participants are encouraged to continue advocacy efforts in their communities.
Who Will Be There?
Historically we have a solid majority of students – undergraduate and graduate — and professionals. The Summit provides a learning environment for all levels of knowledge and experience. Participants who are new to advocacy will learn the basics to enhance their confidence to make Capitol Hill visits. Seasoned advocacy veterans are exposed to advanced sessions on focused topics. Participants can select sessions beneficial to their interest or work in health policy and public health fields.
What Will Attendees Learn?
The Summit kicks off with the first day-and-a-half spent learning. There are multiple tracks covering basic, intermediate and advanced-level advocacy training, and seminars led by skilled government relations staff. Attendees will learn to discuss the legislative priorities, participate in practice sessions, and brainstorm with state delegations. The final day is spent on Capitol Hill with participants “hitting the halls of Congress.” Each person will make one or more visits to a Congressional office.
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“Our Wisconsin group had a terrific experience. We had the opportunity to debrief and found some very valuable insights, afterthought, and significant growth in terms of advocacy skills and confidence.”