Advocacy Events

Every year, the Children's Hospital Association hosts advocacy days in Washington, D.C., 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 Matthew Wright at (202) 753-5364. 

Upcoming advocacy days

2017 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day
July 12-13, 2017

Rebranded in 2013 to complement the Speak Now for Kids initiative, the Family Advocacy Day program provides children's hospital's patients and families the opportunity 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 D.C., 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 CHA 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. 

Read a first-hand account about the profound impact patients can make as advocates. Families interested in participating should contact their children's hospital and connect with staff who manage government affairs.

Past advocacy days

2016 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day
June 21-22, 2016
JW Marriott, Washington, D.C.

2016 CEO Health Policy Summit and Capitol Hill Advocacy Day
January 11-13, 2016
Washington, D.C.

This event offered a joint discussion of CHA policy issues, priorities and strategies for both CEOs and government relations professionals. 

Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day
June 15-16, 2015
Washington, D.C.