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Advocacy Day

EDC Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, Spring 2019

Thank you for registering for EDC Capitol Hill Advocacy Day! 

At our Message Training session the morning of Advocacy Day, you will be provided with all information and materials that you'll need for the rest of the day. We will go over our policy focus in great detail, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and practice advocating so you are prepared for your meetings with Congressional staff.

You will be well-prepared to advocate - both via Message Training as well as by your Advocacy Day Team Leader - but we encourage you to review the following resources ahead of time. 

If this is your first time attending an EDC advocacy day, please watch the video below video, which will give you a basic overview of what to expect when we come together on Capitol Hill.


Advocate Information Packet

To be provided at a later date. 


What to Expect in Your Meetings

An illustration of your role as an advocate and how to have successful meetings with Congressional staff. At the U.S. Capitol, we will meet in teams to brief elected officials and their staff on our legislative goals. Teams will arrive for each appointment, deliver a packet of materials, and talk about how Congress can help. No one will advocate alone.

- Expanding Coverage for Eating Disorders Under Medicare and Supporting the Affordable Care Act

On Advocacy Day, we will ask our Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor legislation to expand coverage for outpatient nutrition counseling for eating disorders under Medicare and advocate for the protection of pre-existing condition protections and decrease health insurance premium costs through the Affordable Care Act. 

Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106

Advocate Message Training - Required
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106
Message training and practice with your state team is required for everyone joining us at Advocacy Day. We will review our overall goals and talking points for the day with our state team members.

Beverages will be served at Message Training - Please bring and/or eat breakfast prior to this training. 

Meetings with Congressional Staff
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM 
U.S. Capitol Complex
**Please note: the EDC will schedule all meetings for you**

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. Please note that advocates are responsible for lunch.

Advocacy Day Wrap-Up Discussion
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106
Before returning home, please join us for a discussion of the day's events and experiences. 

EDC Photos In Front of the U.S. Capitol
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
First Street, SE (between U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court building)

Before returning home, please join us for group photos in front of the U.S. Capitol.




Advocacy Day Basics

What is Advocacy Day?

The EDC brings advocates together at 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 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 (April 10). 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 $30 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 azizzo@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 recommend that you make a hotel reservation for Advocacy Day as soon as possible. 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. Many advocates find that Airbnb or HomeAway are useful for finding 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 recommend 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?

No. Please ensure you leave your bag with your hotel's concierge service.

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, a 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”