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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 tenth annual Advocacy Leadership Institute will take place on September 22-23, 2020, at ASH headquarters in Washington, DC. This two-day workshop is an opportunity for ASH members to gain a better understanding of the Society and to learn about legislation and health policy affecting hematology research and practice.

The first day of the Institute will focus on learning about the legislative process and health policy; it will include training in the policy-making process and advocacy. Sessions may 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 first-hand what was learned.

Nominations are being accepted through May 31, 2020. 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.

The selection of participants is based on the review of nominations and participants will be notified of acceptance by mid-June. There is no cost to attend the Advocacy Leadership Institute as is considered a benefit of your membership to the Society.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please sign in and select “Advocacy Leadership Institute” from the application list. Nominations must be received by May 31, 2020.


If you have any questions about the ASH Advocacy Leadership Institute, please contact ASH Senior Manager, Legislative Advocacy, Tracy Roades, at troades@hematology.org or (202) 776-0544 or ASH Government Relations Coordinator, Foster Curry, at fcurry@hematology.org or (202) 776-0544.

Nomination Requirements

Nominees must be current ASH members as well as United States citizens. Nominations are open to all ASH membership levels, including to trainees.

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