AGA Advocacy Day

Advocacy is a critical component of protecting our profession and patient’ access to care. Connect with your federal lawmakers and their staff during this event to ensure our voice is heard on Capitol Hill.

AGA Advocacy Day 2021 was a huge success. Thank you to the 40+ members that participated and attended over 70 meetings with their members of Congress. Participants met with over 60 lawmakers to discuss administrative burdens like prior authorization and step therapy protocols that delay patient care. They also advocated for sustainable federal research funding for GI diseases and cancers.

We will continue to advocate with and on behalf of our members! Stay tuned for more information about Advocacy Day 2022.

We are hosting our virtual spring AGA Advocacy Day on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Like last fall, we are taking it virtual with all of the congressional meetings occurring via conference calls. This is a great opportunity for you to “meet” with your members of Congress and share how legislation impacts GIs and patient care in their communities.

Fall Advocacy Day 2021

Why attend the event?

Lawmakers need to know how their constituents are being impacted. By meeting with them and their staff you’re humanizing the legislation we are advocating for and illustrating how AGA and its members can serve as an important resource when health care policies are being discussed.

Members with all levels of advocacy experience are encouraged to participate. We make it easy by coordinating your congressional meetings,  providing policy one-pagers to share and offering training to help you tell your stories and you won’t be there alone! AGA leadership and staff will join your meetings to help guide the conversations and provide support.

Join us for this day of empowerment and leave with the tools you need to advocate on behalf of GI year-round.

Advocacy Day agenda

Monday, 8–9:10 p.m. EDT — Advocacy Day Legislative Briefing

This webinar will provide an overview of the policy issues being highlighted during congressional meetings as well as meeting logistics. Participants will leave feeling comfortable speaking about the policy issues affecting our profession and communicating personal stories.

*Participation required for all Advocacy Day attendees; session will be recorded and shared with all attendees

April 19, 2021

Thursday, 8–9:30 a.m. EDT — Keynote speaker: John Harwood, White House correspondent, CNN

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and expert in presidential politics, John Harwood is a CNN White House correspondent. Previously, he served as CNBC's chief Washington correspondent for 13 years, and has offered political analysis for The New York Times, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, and PBS.

Register today to participate live or receive a copy of the recording.

April 22, 2021

Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT — Congressional meetings

You will meet with your representatives and senators in groups with other colleagues from your state. AGA Government Affairs staff will accompany you on your meetings to provide support and guidance.

April 22, 2021

Brush up on your advocacy skills by exploring AGA’s education modules on AGA University. Learn about how we engage with Capitol Hill and federal agencies, explore AGA town halls, effective policy communication,  and read tips for effective policy communications and establishing a constituent relationship.

Note: Congressional meeting participants will be required to complete the “How to have an effective Hill meeting” module prior to Advocacy Day.

This program is supported in part by Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. and Pfizer Inc.

Past Advocacy Days