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State of Advocacy Forum

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Cloyd Heck Marvin Center

800 21st St NW

Continental Ballroom

Washington, DC 20052

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The Year of Advocacy: Are you ready?

2018 is shaping up to be a year in advocacy like no other.

All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. As will 39 state and territorial governor races, as well as numerous other state and local elections and four special elections.

That means the pressure on incumbent and potential lawmakers to declare positions on multiple issues will be immense, and will inevitably lead to potentially months of advocacy work for organizations leading up to Tuesday, November 6.

In preparation for that, CQ, GSPM, and GPN will host a special, double panel workshop exploring the year of advocacy ahead on January 31st.

We’ll feature experts in grassroots, advocacy and government relations discussing what to expect in this year of advocacy and what you need to be doing to get off to a flying start.

***Complimentary Lunch will be provided courtesy of CQ Roll Call***

Panel 1: Overall Advocacy 2018 Outlook 11am-Noon

This discussion will feature panelists from a wide array of issues areas to discuss pertinent topics effecting grassroots organizing and advocacy communications.

Moderator: Ed Timms, Deputy Editor of Roll Call

Brian Turmail, VP, Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at the Associated General Contractors of America

Nina Verghese Consultant Locus Street Group

Lunch Break Noon-12:30pm

Panel 2: Advocacy Issue Area Focused: Healthcare 12:30pm-1:30pm

According to exit polls in the Virginia governor election last November, 78 percent of those who chose Ralph Northam said they did so because he supported expanding Medicaid.That’s just one indication, in a sea of plenty, showing the pivotal role of healthcare in the 2018 midterms.For legislators, whether incumbents or those looking to get elected, healthcare will be one of the biggest single issues on the table this year. What does that all mean for advocacy and policy folks who need to make sure their message is heard loud and clear on the campaign circuit? We’ve assembled an expert government relations panel from the healthcare space to share their insights and experience on what’s set to be a roller coaster ride in healthcare advocacy this year.

Moderator: Rebecca Adams CQ Health Editor

Brian Bowden National Association of Counties Associate Legislative Director

Lauren Drew National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Grassroots Advocacy Manager

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