Save the Date for 2014 Advocacy Days

Every year, the Children's Hospital Association hosts advocacy days in Washington, DC, each with a different goal and focused on different participants from the children's hospital community. Advocacy Day programs feature educational briefings, remarks from lawmakers and Washington insiders, opportunities to network with colleagues and a chance to carry forward a unified message to Congress to protect children's health. For more information, contact Gillian Ray at 703-797-6027.

Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day

June 24-25, 2014 (Early check-in, June 23)
JW Marriott, Washington, DC
Rebranded in 2013 to complement the Speak Now for Kids initiative, the Family Advocacy Day program provides children's hospitals patients and families the opportunity to come to Washington to advocate on behalf of current children's health issues. The event features a family-friendly program tailored to accommodate the unique needs of patients and families. While in Washington, families learn how to become effective citizen advocates and meet with lawmakers first-hand to share their story alongside government relations experts. They also work with their hospital and the Association to garner local and potentially national media attention before, during, and after the event and participate in year-round activities in support of the ongoing Speak Now for Kids awareness efforts. Families interested in participating should contact their children's hospital and connect with staff who manage government affairs. Registration will be available in early 2014.

*VIP Advocacy Day will resume in 2015, and all subsequent non-election years.

Recent Advocacy Days

Capitol Hill Advocacy Day

January 28-29, 2014
JW Marriott, Washington, DC
Capitol Hill Advocacy Day occurs early in the congressional calendar, providing an excellent opportunity for children's hospitals government relations professionals to meet with members of their congressional delegation while policy and appropriations decisions are in the formative stages. The event featured a keynote address by Lisa Simpson, president and chief executive officer of Academy Health, as well as a high-level legislative briefing, congressional meetings and a networking reception at Chef Geoff's. View the event program

VIP Advocacy Day

September 11-12, 2013
Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC

VIP Advocacy Day brings together children's hospitals' CEOs, medical leadership, board members, trustees, government relations professionals and other hospital grasstops contacts to advocate on behalf of children's health. The event kicked off with a cocktail reception and seated dinner at the historic National Museum of Women in the Arts, followed by a high-level legislative briefing, congressional meetings, and luncheon on Capitol Hill the next day. Access program and legislative materials.