ON SEPTEMBER 25–26, oncology care providers from across the United States will head to Capitol Hill to participate in the 3rd annual ASCO Advocacy Summit. Over 2 days, ASCO volunteer advocates will meet with members of Congress and their staff to educate them on critical issues affecting patients with cancer and their providers and to encourage lawmakers to support policies that promote patient access to high-quality, high-value cancer care.
The advocacy summit will also feature remarks from members of Congress and presentations of the ASCO Congressional Champion Award and the Advocate of the Year Award. The first award goes to a member of Congress who champions cancer policy priorities, and the second award goes to the ASCO member who was most active in advocacy efforts in 2018.
To amplify the Society’s efforts on Capitol Hill, ASCO members not attending the summit are encouraged to participate in the Virtual Hill Day taking place in conjunction with the in-person event. Virtual Hill Day participants contact their Congressional representatives online to urge them to take action on the same cancer-related policy priorities that will be highlighted on the Hill. For more details, and to participate in the Virtual Hill Day, visit ASCO’s ACT Network.
ASCO members who can’t make it to the summit in person may also support this critical effort on social media by following @ASCO and the hashtag #ASCOAdvocacySummit on Twitter to see, like, and retweet photos and updates from the summit.
Keep an eye on ASCO member communications for highlights from the event, and visit ASCO in Action to stay up-to-date on all of ASCO’s advocacy efforts. ■
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