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Advocacy Day

EDC Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, Spring 2017



Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM




Registration for Advocacy Day has now closed. If you would still like to attend, please email manager@eatingdisorderscoalition.org. Please note that we can no longer guarantee that you will meet with the staff of one of your three elected officials. 

Resources for Advocates



8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
McDermott Will & Emery, LLP - Capitol Conference Room
500 North Capitol St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

A light breakfast will be available at Registration.
You are also welcome to leave luggage at McDermott Will & Emery for the day while you attend meetings. Please note that all bags must be picked up by 5:00pm at the end of the day. The office will lock at 5pm.

Message Training - Required
8:15 AM - 9:45 AM
McDermott Will & Emery, LLP - Capitol Conference Room
500 North Capitol St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Message training and practice with your state team is required for everyone joining us at Advocacy Day. We will review our goals and talking points for the day.

Meetings with Congressional Staff
10:00AM - 3:00PM 
U.S. Capitol Complex
At the U.S. Capitol, we will meet in teams to brief elected officials and their staff on our important legislative goals. No one will attend meetings alone. Advocacy Day teams will arrive for each appointment, deliver a packet of materials, and talk about how Congress can help.

EDC advocates will eat lunch with their teams. Advocates are responsible for lunch.

Senators' Address to Advocates & Wrap-Up Discussion
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Dirksen Senate Office Building, G-50

Advocates will attend an address by Eating Disorders Senate Champions. Following the address, please join us for a discussion of the day's events and experiences led by EDC President Dr. Bryn Austin. 

Group Photos in Front of the Capitol
4:30 PM
Outside the U.S. Capitol Building



**EDC Champions Circle Member the National Eating Disorders Association, is hosting their annual Washington, DC Eating Disorders Awareness Walk on Sunday, April 2nd to raise awareness and funding for eating disorder intervention and treatment. For more information or to register for the walk, click here. 


Advocacy Day Basics

What is Advocacy Day?

The EDC brings advocates together twice a year for Advocacy Days to educate Members of Congress and their staff about eating disorders and to push for our policy goals. At EDC Advocacy Days, we meet in teams with elected officials, or most often their staff, to ask for their support of policies that will improve the lives of people with eating disorders. 

How do I find out what Advocacy Day team I'm on?

Each Advocacy Day team has a team leader. Your team leader will reach out to you at least a couple weeks before Advocacy Day to ensure you know what team you are on and that you are prepared. You will be on a team with other constituents from your state, or sometimes a team that consists of more than one state. Being part of a team ensures that everyone at Advocacy Day has support and that there are multiple perspectives presented at meetings with Congressional staff. You will never advocate alone.

Who schedules my meetings with elected officials?

The EDC will schedule all of your Advocacy Day meetings for you. We may not get meetings with all your legislators due to scheduling conflicts or if you register for Advocacy Day after the registration deadline (March 22). Please also note that most meetings will be with one of an elected official’s staff members, who will then relay pertinent information on to the Member of Congress.

What are meetings with elected officials' staff like?

In your Advocacy Day meetings, your team leader will tell the member of Congress or staff member what your group's goals for the meeting are, and then a couple of advocates will share their personal stories as a way to underscore the need for supporting our policy initiatives. Your team leader will then make a specific request to the staffer and will address any questions.


How much does registration for Advocacy Day cost?

Advocacy Day is free to attend and anyone can register. Register here!

I registered for Advocacy Day but am no longer able to attend. Can I cancel my registration?

Yes, please email manager@eatingdisorderscoalition.org to let us know if your plans change. If you are no longer able to attend Advocacy Day, it is important that we know as soon as possible in case we need to cancel any meetings with your elected officials.

Hotels: Where can I stay for Advocacy Day?

We reccommend that you make a hotel reservation for Advocacy Day as soon as possible, especially in the Spring during the Cherry Blossom season. Hotels near Capitol Hill will be most convenient to get to Advocacy Day events, but keep in mind that hotels tend to be expensive in this area. Some advocates find that Airbnb or HomeAway are useful to find a more affordable accommodations.


What should I bring to Advocacy Day?

EDC will provide all of the information you'll need for your meetings, including fact sheets and information about our policy goals. Please bring some money for lunch. We also reccommend that you wear comfortable shoes (you'll be walking across Capitol Hill to and from meetings!) and bring a camera, an umbrella... all the items to ensure you will have a positive experience. Advocacy Day will require a lot of emotional and physical energy. 

Is there somewhere I can keep my luggage for the day?

Yes! If you need a place to keep your bags during Advocacy Day, you may leave them at McDermott Will & Emery, where registration and message training for Advocacy Day will take place. Please note that all bags must be picked up by 5pm. The building will lock at that time.

What can I do to prepare for my meetings?

You will be well prepared for your meetings by our message training session and meeting practice the morning of Advocacy Day, as well as by your team leader who is trained on effective advocacy and our policy goals.

One way to prepare for your meetings ahead of time is by thinking about your personal experiences with eating disorders and how you are going to tell your story concisely in just 2 minutes: what do you really want your legislators to hear? 

You will also receive materials from the EDC about a week before Advocacy Day, including an information packet, detailed schedule of events and information about our policy goals. We encourage you to read through this information prior to Advocacy Day.



Coming to the Hill reminds me of how important using my voice is, but more importantly how many voices my voice represents”