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IFFGD’S 2024 Advocacy Event

Voice on Capitol Hill: IFFGD's Advocacy Event; taking action

IFFGD'S Advocacy Event Details

IFFGD’s 2024 Advocacy Event is a complimentary event designed to educate the community about access to healthcare and treatment. This event aims to guide individuals on how to best advocate for themselves in the medical field. This event will be held on April 14-15, 2024. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the space may be limited. 

If you have any questions about this year’s program, please feel free to email Hayley McCorkle at hnmccorkle@iffgd.org

Sunday, April 14 & Monday, April 15, 2024

Location: Beacon Hotel

1615 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20036

Program Overview: Coming soon

Why is Advocacy Important?

Functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders (FGIMDs) affect a substantial portion of the American population, causing debilitating and sometimes life-threatening symptoms.

The ongoing battle for increased awareness, research into safe and effective treatments, and ultimately a cure, is one that requires support.

You can help!

Members of Congress play a pivotal role in addressing this challenge, by leveraging their influence to promote greater research funding, awareness campaigns, and other initiatives aimed at improving FGIMD outcomes. By joining the fight and contacting your representatives, Members of Congress can make a meaningful difference in the lives of countless Americans, while supporting key priorities in the fields of healthcare and medical research.

Can't attend this event? You Can Still TAKE ACTION

Each year, more than 54.4 million Americans are diagnosed with digestive disorders. The goal of this Advocacy event is to gain support from our current members of Congress. If you cannot attend this event, but want to take action, please help us by submitting a patient or provider story explaining why support from Congress is important to you, your family, or to your patients. These stories are ESSENTIAL in our efforts to build support for this legislation as they illustrate to our elected officials how this issue is affecting their constituents.

Program Agenda

Time Title Presenter
9:00 AM-9:15 AM Welcome Ceciel Rooker
9:15 AM-10:00 AM Breakout Session: Legislative Priorities, Access to Care

Breakout Session: Legislative Priorities, Nutrition
Presenter 1: Samir Shah

Presenter 2: Erin Mckeon
10:00 AM-10:15 AM BREAK
10:15 AM-11:00AM Breakout Session: Legislative Priorities, Access to Care

Breakout Session: Legislative Priorities, Nutrition
Presenter 1: Samir Shah

Presenter 2: Erin Mckeon
11:00 AM-11:15 AM BREAK with snacks
11:15 AM-12:00 PM Breakout Session: Conducting a Hill Visit Part 1

Breakout Session: Researching Your Representative
Presenter 1: Julia Grabo

Presenter 2: Ceciel Rooker
12:00 PM-12:15 PM BREAK
12:15 PM-1:00 PM Breakout Session: Conducting a Hill Visit Part 1

Breakout Session: Researching Your Representative
Presenter 1: Julia Grabo

Presenter 2: Ceciel Rooker
1:00 PM-2:15 PM LUNCH
2:15 PM-3:00 PM Breakout Session: Conducting a Hill Visit Part 2

Breakout Session: Navigating Insurance Hurdles
Presenter 1: Julia Grabo

Presenter 2: Alyssa Sutton
3:00 PM-3:15 PM BREAK
3:15 PM-4:00 PM Breakout Session: Conducting a Hill Visit Part 2

Breakout Session: Navigating Insurance Hurdles
Presenter 1: Julia Grabo

Presenter 2: Alyssa Sutton
4:00 PM-4:30 PM WRAP-UP Ceciel Rooker
4:30 PM-5:00 PM Reception
5:00 PM-5:30 PM Gastroparesis Think Tank Recap Presenter Details Coming Soon

Program Details

Legislative Priorities: Access to Care

Advocacy Event: 2024 presenter
Dr. Samir Shah

During this session, we will discuss the obstacles that patients face and how current legislation is designed to improve access to care for those living with gastrointestinal disorders.

Legislative Priorities: Nutrition

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Erin Mckeon

During this interactive session, we will discuss the frameworks and policies to enhance access to adequate and nutritional support for individuals and the obstacles that patients face.

Conducting a Hill Visit Part 1

Advocacy Event 2024
Julia Grabo

During this session each group will learn about how to make the most of your congressional office visits by utilizing the skills and information from the day.

Conducting a Hill Visit Part 2

Advocacy Event 2024
Julia Grabo

During this interactive session you will have a chance to practice a “mock congressional office visit” with your group for Monday. This will provide you with the tools to speak confidently about the priorities that mean the most to you

Researching Your Representatives

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Ceciel Rooker

During this interactive session you will learn how to find information about your representatives such as who they are and what policies they support.

**During this session you will need a computer and tablet. **

Navigating Insurance Hurdles

Advocacy Event
Alyssa Sutton

During this session, we educate patients on navigating the complex coverage system for adequate healthcare. Afterward, we will hold a discussion to help answer questions from the patient community on the best ways to move forward to gain access to affordable care.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Please plan to arrive Saturday, April 13 or early morning Sunday, April 14. Sunday’s program will begin approximately at 9:00 A.M. This day’s program will include multiple breakout sessions with interactive training on various ways to advocate for yourself and others in the gastrointestinal illness community.

**Please not that a laptop, tablet, or smartphone may be recommended for some sessions.**

Monday, April 15, 2024

Meetings on Monday, April 15, will begin at 8:30 A.M. until approximately 3;15 P.M EST.  To make sure that you can attend all the meetings you are scheduled for, please follow these departure guidelines:

  • If you are flying out of Reagan National Airport (DCA) on Monday, April 15, please plan to book your flight no earlier than 6:30 P.M. EST.
  • If you are flying out of Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), please plan to book your flight no earlier than 7:30 P.M EST.

Hotel Information

Beacon Hotel

  • Hotel Address: 1615 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington D.C., 20036
  • Booking: If you would like to book your stay at the hosting site, click this link. The IFFGD special group rate of $229.00 USD per night will only be available until March 13th.”
Other Hotels in the Area
  • District Hotel (0.3 mi)
    • 1440 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
  • Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center (0.6 mi)
    • 1201 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
  • Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington, DC (0.7 mi)
    • 806 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
  • Courtyard by Marriot Washington/Downtown Convention Center (0.8 mi)
    • 901 L St NW, Washington, DC 20001
  • Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel (1.0 mi)
    • 1400 M St NW, Washington, DC 20005
The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders gratefully acknowledges Pfizer, Takeda, Salix, and Ardelyx for their generous support of the 2024 Education and Advocacy Event on the Hill
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