Speak for Health Advocacy Bootcamp

Workshop // Washington


Jul 15 2018 - Jul 16 2018



APHA is calling on all public health students 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 in Washington, D.C., for a two-day bootcamp training tailored to public health students 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 message your issue, how to amplify your advocacy with social media and how to influence your representatives.

On day two, students will have the opportunity to hone their advocacy skills on Capitol Hill. Students will learn to Speak for Health and join APHA's movement to be the voice for public health.

Students will leave this bootcamp with the skills to:

  • Message public health issues to policymakers.
  • Set up and lead a meeting with lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill.
  • Discuss complex health policy topics in plain language.
  • Build support for public health issues through social media and communications.
  • Take direct action on health topics that matter to them.

This training is exclusively for public health students. Cost to attend is $25 for non-APHA members, and free for APHA members.

Sunday, July 15

Learn how to effectively message your issue from public health, advocacy and social media leaders.

Students will spend the afternoon in breakout sessions focused on:

  • Why funding matters for public health.
  • Gun violence prevention.
  • Climate change.
  • Reproductive rights.
  • Health equity.

Monday, July 16

  • Breakfast session with opening remarks from a member of Congress
  • Hill meetings! 

Questions? Contact Megan Lowry.