American Society of Hematology

ASH Advocacy Leadership Institute

ASH is committed to educating its members on how to become effective advocates for hematology research and practice. The ASH Advocacy Leadership Institute was created in 2011 to provide additional opportunities for ASH members to learn more about advocacy, health policy, the legislative process, and to become engaged in the Society’s activities.

The seventh annual Advocacy Leadership Institute will take place in fall 2017, in Washington, DC. This two-day leadership workshop is an opportunity for ASH members who wish to gain a better understanding of the Society and its activities, and to learn about legislation and health policy affecting hematology research and practice.

The first day of the Institute focuses on learning about the legislative process and health policy; it will include training in the policy-making process, advocacy, and media relations. Sessions will feature guest speakers from Congress, the Administration, and the National Institutes of Health, as well as other health agency officials. On the second day, participants will visit their respective congressional delegation on Capitol Hill to apply what was learned on the first day.

Nominations will open in early summer 2017. Self-nominations are welcome and individuals may nominate more than one colleague. We are looking for a group of participants from across the country, with diverse experience and hematologic interests (i.e., malignant and non-malignant), and from different practice/research settings. Candidates must be current ASH members, U.S. citizens, interested in health policy and advocacy, and want to become more involved in ASH activities. Check back or become a Grassroots Network member to learn when nominations reopen.

If you have any questions about the ASH Advocacy Leadership Institute, please contact ASH Legislative Advocacy Manager, Tracy Roades, at or (202) 776-0544.

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