Your voice matters. As oncologists, you are uniquely qualified to communicate with Congress about effective policies for the treatment of patients with cancer and the research that drives scientific breakthroughs. You do not need to have advocacy experience to participate in the 2019 ASCO Advocacy Summit – ASCO will provide the tools and information necessary for successful meetings with your lawmakers.
This two-day conference features an exciting lineup of guest speakers and opportunities that will empower you and your colleagues to:
- Advocate to improve the research, delivery and quality of cancer care;
- Engage influential lawmakers and their staff in meaningful discourse; and
- Connect and network with colleagues and other ASCO leaders from various committees.
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, September 25:
12:00 – 5:00 PM: Advocacy Boot Camp: Climate on Capitol Hill, Review of Messages, Mock Meeting Training
Location: Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
5:30 – 7:00 PM: Reception: Mix & Mingle with Members of Congress & their Staff
Location: Rayburn House Office Building
7:30 – 9:00 PM: Keynote & Networking Dinner
Location: National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washingon, DC 20002
Thursday, September 26:
8:30 – 9:30 AM: Breakfast of Advocacy Champions
Location: Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
10:00 – 5:30 PM: Congressional Meetings
Location: Capitol Hill
Meetings will be scheduled on your behalf
Please go online to book your ASCO travel at travel.asco.org. When you make your reservations online or call directly, identify yourself as an ASCO Committee member and reference cost code Advocacy Events – 033513000; ASCO will be billed directly. If possible, please book your flights for 6:30 PM EST or later on September 26, so as to not interfere with your congressional meetings.
If you prefer, you are welcome to call Direct Travel (formerly MacNair) and work directly with a travel agent to book your flights:
Contact Person: Michelle Rowley
Phone: 877-410-8198 or 202-360-4674 (8:30 AM – 7:30 PM EST)
After-hours Emergency Service: (877) 638-0697
On the registration page you will be asked which nights you require a hotel room. Once you have registered, ASCO staff will book a room for you at the Hyatt Regency located at 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, 20001. Your stay for the Advocacy Summit will be paid for by ASCO. You will receive a hotel confirmation email closer to the Summit date.
- We have now reached capacity for Advocacy Summit 2019. To be added to the wait list, please click here.
- Final Summit materials will be sent out prior to the Advocacy Summit in September.
Additional Questions, Concerns or Cancellations:
If you have any questions or your travel needs change please contact Katie Gifford at AdvocacySummit@asco.org or at (571) 483-1601.
**PLEASE NOTE: We have a limited number of spots available for the Summit, and if you should need to cancel please contact Katie Gifford at the address or number listed above as early as possible. Late cancellations prevent one of your colleagues from being able to join us in your place.
Whether or not you are able to join us in September – make sure you are a member of ASCO's ACT Network to stay at the forefront of advocacy. The ACT Network provides opportunities to become engaged in advocacy, including the ability to send a message using pre-drafted editable alerts, find phone numbers and mailing addresses for your elected officials, see how your member of Congress votes on the key issues, and draft your own message to email or letter to your member of Congress.
To see photos from the 2018 Advocacy Summit click here.
Advocacy Summit Videos: Please take a moment to view these brief videos of ASCO leaders outlining the importance of Advocacy and ASCO’s Advocacy Summit messages from the 2018 Summit.
- ASCO President, Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, discusses the importance of advocacy for cancer patients.
- Blase N. Polite, MD, MPA, FASCO speaks on H.R. 6836, CLINICAL TREATMENT Act and the need for Medicaid coverage of clinical trials.
- Dr. Joanna C. Yang, MD, talks about her experience as a member of the Health Policy Leadership Development Program.
- ASCO 2018 Advocate of the Year, Ray Page, DO, PhD, FACOI, discussed concerns with the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule.
- Kurt R. Oettel, MD, spoke about the importance of advocating on Capitol Hill.
- John Deeken, MD, discusses step therapy and why ASCO is on Capitol Hill to address it.
For more from ASCO’s Advocacy Champions visit ASCO in Action’s YouTube page.