Speak for Health Advocacy Bootcamp

Workshop // Washington


Jul 15 2019 - Jul 16 2019

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Cost: $75 for APHA Members, $225 for non-members

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(Note: this event is open only to students and early-career professionals who have graduated within the past five years)

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. All sessions will take place at the National Press Club. The tentative schedule below is subject to change.

8:30 a.m. — Breakfast

9:15 a.m. — Keynote address

10:30 a.m. — Advocacy 101

11 a.m. — Fireside chat: Climate change as an urgent health issue

12 p.m. — Lunch

1 p.m. — Breakout Sessions (Note: attendees will attend both sessions)

Breakout 1: Issue snapshot of climate change and public health

Breakout 2: Media and social media advocacy

3:40 p.m.Workshop: Hill meetings and climate change talking points

4:15 p.m.Hill meeting practice

5:00 p.m.Closing comments

5:30 p.m.Networking and mentorship reception with APHA leaders

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. All sessions will take place on Capitol Hill.

9:30 a.m. — Breakfast and networking

10 a.m.Keynote with member of Congress

10:45 a.m.Closing comments and meeting preparation

11 a.m.Meetings with Senators and Congressional representatives and staff continue throughout afternoon. Attendees will have their meetings scheduled for them by APHA. Your final Capitol Hill meeting schedule will be available on July 15.

Note that only students and early-career professionals will be allowed to register.


APHA's Center for Climate, Health and Equity is thrilled to be offering 10 scholarships of $700 each to support students and recent graduates interested in attending the Speak for Health Bootcamp. For more information on scholarship eligibility and the selection process, visit our scholarship application.


The Fairfield Inn & Suites, just blocks from the National Press Club, is offering a special discounted rate of $189/night to Bootcamp participants, July 14-17. Book by June 14 to secure this rate. Book here or by calling 1-888-236-2427 and giving the group rate code "APHA-Speak for Health". 


Notice of registration cancellation must be received in writing by APHA no later than June 15 to receive a full refund. No refunds will be processed after that date. Email Megan Lowry with your cancellation notice. Attendees are responsible for cancelling their own travel and hotel reservations.


Q: Who can attend the Speak for Health Advocacy Bootcamp?

A: This event is only open to students and recent graduates (graduated within the last five years.)

Q: What does the registration cost cover?

A: Registration cost includes two full days of programming, including a public health advocacy training with experts on Monday, July 15, and a day on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, July 16. Your Capitol Hill meetings will be scheduled for you by APHA staff, and all materials for the training and hill visit are included in the registration cost. The registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on July 15, and breakfast on July 16. Housing and travel costs are not included. 

Q: How can my organization, school or company get involved?

A: Consider sponsoring this event as a partner. You can browse our sponsorship options here, or contact Angelica Walker for more information. Or, consider supporting students, interns or young professionals within your organization who want to attend this event by covering their travel, housing and registration costs. 

Q: I'm not a student or recent graduate, or I can't attend the bootcamp. How can I get involved with Speak for Health?

A: Visit our Speak for Health page for more information on how you can advocate for public health.

More questions? Contact Megan Lowry.