Speak for Health Advocacy Bootcamp

Workshop // Washington


Jul 15 2019 - Jul 16 2019

smiling woman in front of U.S. Capitol, group of students with legislator, students taking notes in classroom

APHA is calling on all public health students and early-career professionals who want to take action, change the direction of our country and build a better public health system through advocacy.

Join APHA's Speak for Health initiative in Washington, D.C., for a two-day bootcamp training tailored to public health students and early-career professionals on how to be an effective public health advocate. We'll cover the basics of how to advocate for evidence-based public health policies, including how to navigate Capitol Hill, how to amplify your advocacy with communications strategy and how to message your issue.

MEMBER PERKThis year’s bootcamp theme is Climate Changes Health. Attendees will get an in-depth issue briefing on climate change and public health, hear from leaders on the issue and use climate change and health as a case study to practice public health advocacy skills.

On day two, you'll take your message to Capitol Hill to hear from members of congress and meet with your Senators and Congressional representatives. Attendees will have the chance to put their new skills in to action during in-person meetings, educating Senators, Congressional representatives and staff about APHA’s climate and health platform.

Bootcamp attendees will:

  • Learn how to have an effective meeting with their elected officials in Washington, D.C.  
  • Hear from experts in communications, social media and lobbying
  • Get a deep-dive issue briefing on climate change and public health
  • Learn how to apply their status as public health professionals to an advocacy platform
  • Practice translating the science of climate and health to lawmakers and staff
  • Transfer skills learned by advocating for climate and health to other public health priorities

Monday, July 15

Build your advocacy skills with workshops covering Capitol Hill 101, advocacy basics, communications strategy, and an issue briefing on climate change and public health. Hear from advocacy and climate change experts to learn how you can take action and be an effective advocate. 

Tuesday, July 16

Attend a breakfast session with opening remarks from a member of Congress. Then, head to in-person meetings with your Senators and Congressional representatives and other public health young professionals from your state, where you’ll have the chance to advocate and educate lawmakers and staff about climate change and public health.

Registration for this event will open soon, please check back for pricing and more details. Note that only students and early-career professionals will be allowed to register.


Check out our Speak for Health page for ways you can advocate for public health today.

Questions? Contact Gaby Witte.