2015 Advocacy Forum Program

Monday, March 23

4-5:15 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Session
All Forum attendees will gather for a welcome program that will include greetings from members of Congress and Association leadership. The Roll Call of the States will follow the welcome and will highlight state policy accomplishments throughout the country since last year’s Forum.

5:15-6:15 p.m.

General Session
Elevating Alzheimer’s in the 2016 Election
The upcoming presidential and congressional elections are a strategic opportunity for us to hold our elected leaders accountable and make Alzheimer’s disease policy a national discussion. Throughout the 2016 election cycle, the Alzheimer’s Association and its sister organization, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement™ (AIM), will be engaging candidates across the nation. From early primary states, to national party conventions, to the general election in November 2016, our aim is to make Alzheimer’s an issue our leaders must address. To do so, we’ll need your help. In this session, we’ll provide a sneak peek into our campaign, including some exciting activities already underway!

This session is for informational purposes only; it will not include anything you need to know for your visits to Capitol Hill.

6:45-7:45 p.m.

First-Timers
The Keys to Effective Advocacy and a Great Forum Experience

Is public policy really this important? Can the Advocacy Forum move Washington? How can I be the most effective Alzheimer’s advocate possible with my member of Congress? These are just some of the questions on the minds of many first-time Forum attendees. To help guide new attendees and build their advocacy skills, all first-time Advocacy Forum attendees are required to attend this session. New attendees will learn from both veteran advocates and outside experts about how to deliver a powerful message and make an impact with elected officials.

This session is for first-time Advocacy Forum attendees only.

7:45-9:30 p.m.

Young Advocates Training and Networking Program
Young advocates are increasingly becoming aware of the impact they can have on making our voices heard on Capitol Hill. During this program, you'll have the opportunity to learn how to take your enthusiasm, energy and drive and translate it into meaningful action.

Advocates ages 18 to 35 are invited to participate.

Tuesday, March 24

8-9 a.m.

Alzheimer’s Impact Movement Members-Only Briefing
The Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) is the sister organization of the Association working through the political process to wake up Washington and end Alzheimer’s. AIM members are invited to attend a special breakfast briefing covering AIM’s work during 2014 and 2015. Learn about the successes AIM has had in advancing Alzheimer's policies, how AIM and the Alzheimer's Association work together and what AIM members can do to enhance the potential of this partnership to achieve our priorities in Washington!

This session is for AIM members only. (All Forum attendees are permitted to join AIM and attend this session. To learn more, visit www.alzimpact.org/join.)

9:15-10:45 a.m.

Keynote and General Session
Hear from a national thought leader how advocacy is changing the landscape of Washington and what you can do to ensure our message continues to have an impact on our elected leaders.

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Breakouts: Federal Legislative Priorities
Breakout Sessions

Let’s turn Capitol Hill purple! During this session, you'll receive an in-depth briefing on the Association's federal legislative priorities and why they’re important to our cause. As an Alzheimer's advocate, we need your help to advance the Association's priorities on the Hill. This session will get you ready.

12:45-2:15 p.m.

Lunch and Program
Join us as we celebrate and honor the Outstanding Advocate of the Year.

2:45-4 p.m.

Breakouts: Advocate Training
Learn how to deliver an effective message to members of Congress, their staffs and people in your community. You’ll practice making the “ask” and learn about a number of ways to leverage relationships with elected officials for better results.

4:30-5:30 p.m.

State Caucuses
In the most successful Capitol Hill meetings, everyone knows their role and is ready to jump in with the right contribution at the right time. That takes planning, and that’s exactly what this session will teach you. Gather together with others from your state to review tactics, receive your “leave behind” kits and coordinate your efforts. Association staff will be on hand to assist and answer questions.

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Reception and National Alzheimer’s Dinner
The National Alzheimer’s Dinner honors public leaders working tirelessly against Alzheimer’s disease. Those we pay tribute to stand shoulder to shoulder with all of us in advancing the cause. Political, business and entertainment leaders will join us to celebrate advances and rally around this growing movement in our nation's capital.

Wednesday, March 25

7–8 a.m.

Breakfast and Closing Program

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Hill Visits
It’s time for our most important advocacy day of the year. Buses will begin departing from the hotel at 8 a.m. for Capitol Hill. Shuttle service will run between the hotel and Capitol Hill until 5 p.m. This is your moment to put everything you’ve learned over the last two days into practice.

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Hospitality Suites
Hospitality suites on Capitol Hill and at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel provide additional convenience as you conduct your meetings on Capitol Hill. Both locations will have facilities for you to complete your congressional visit forms and share details of your visits with policy staff and fellow advocates.

For More Information
For Forum program information, call 312.393.7737 or email advocacy@alz.org.

 

 
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