Understanding Advocacy- How You Can Help Forum


Saturday, May 31, 2014
Registration:  9:30am - 10:00am
Summit:  10:00am - 1:30pm

Washington Hospital Center – True Auditorium
110 Irving Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
info@LupusDMV.org | (888) 787-5380

Featured Presentations

Advocacy 101
This session will provide an overview of the legislative process including how to create awareness, advance a message, and take action on important issues affecting one's health.    Participants will develop effective skills for developing impactful advocacy messages and learn how to be engaged, active advocates. 

Legislative Issues Important to the Lupus Community
Lupus does not discriminate between political parties. Members of the lupus community comprise a bipartisan constituent base that must be informed about legislative issues directly affecting their health, their access to treatment, and the quality of their care.  Each year, legislators deal with multiple issues that will ultimately impact the lives of those suffering with a chronic disease such as lupus. This session will help participants understand legislative issues currently under review and appreciate possible changes that will affect their health in years to come.

Lunch and Learn about Lupus
Lupus is complex.  Each patient experiences a unique combination of symptoms and undergoes a distinctive and individualized healthcare journey.  This Lunch and Learn session, facilitated by a Board Certified Rheumatologist will explain why lupus is mysterious and provide participants with actions they can take to manage the disease and improve quality of life.   Time will be allotted for participant questions.

Communicating With Your Legislator
In order for our constituents to be successful lupus activists, it is important to make their voices heard and educate elected officials about the impact of lupus on individuals and their families, but what is the best approach? This session will provide tips to help members of the lupus community get the most impact out of their communications with a legislator.

Day of Logistics:


  • Behind the Information Desk, go LEFT into the doorway marked “Main Hospital.” You will approach a brick wall at the end of the hallway. Just beyond the brick wall, take the C/D Elevators to the G Floor. As you exit the elevator turn RIGHT into the main hallway. Go LEFT down the hall.
  • You will pass Social Services (G101) is on the LEFT and Hearing and Speech (G102) is on the LEFT.
  • Take next hallway on your right. Follow it to the end, turn Left down a long hallway. True Auditorium is on the Left.

Public Transportation:  The True Auditorium is conveniently located off the Brookland/ CUA station on the Red Line. Take H2 (Van Ness) or H4 (Taneytown) bus to WHC (~8 min bus ride). Buses run approx. every 10 minutes. Recommendation: Check Metro website the night before/ morning of for possible delays.

A FREE Shuttle will be providing transportation services from the Brookland/ CUA station to the Auditorium from 8:30am-10:00am and from 1:30pm-2:30pm.

Driving Directions:

From Northern Virginia via the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge:
From Route 50 and I-66. Cross over the Roosevelt Bridge – it becomes Constitution Avenue. Stay on Constitution Avenue, passing the Washington Monument and White House, and turn left on to 7th Street. Continue on 7th Street crossing over Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Florida Avenues. 7th Street becomes Georgia Avenue. Continue on Georgia Avenue and turn right on to Irving Street. Follow Irving Street, as it bears to the left. National Rehabilitation Hospital will be on your right. Turn right at the First Street Entrance onto the Washington Hospital Center Campus. At first stop sign turn right. Follow signs to Washington Hospital Center Parking.

From Baltimore via I-95
Take I-95 South to I-495 West (Capital Beltway) towards Silver Spring. Take first exit, New Hampshire Avenue South. Follow New Hampshire Avenue into Washington, DC until it ends at North Capitol Street. Turn left onto North Capitol Street, and follow North Capitol Street south and exit at the Irving Street West exit. Turn left at the first stoplight onto the Washington Hospital Center campus. At first stop sign turn right. Follow signs to Washington Hospital Center Parking.

From Downtown Washington
Go north on 16th St., NW. Turn right at Harvard St., NW.  Continue on Harvard St. until it ends at the McMillan Reservoir.  Turn left at the light onto Michigan Ave. The reservoir will be on your right. After passing Children’s National Medical Center, turn left at the light onto First St. NW. Follow signs to Washington Hospital Center parking.

From Northern Virginia via 14th St. Bridge
Exit I-395 or the George Washington Pkwy at the 14th St. Bridge and follow signs to I-395 N.  At the end of the first tunnel, bear right.  Follow signs through another tunnel to Massachusetts Ave.,  Turn right at the light onto Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Turn left at the second light (North Capitol Street).  Follow North Capitol St. north about 2.5 miles to the Hospital Center exit (Irving St., West)  Turn left at the first light onto the Washington Hospital Center campus.  Follow signs to Washington Hospital Center parking.

From Montgomery County via Wisconsin or Connecticut Ave
From Wisconsin Ave. heading south, turn left onto Western Ave. (at the District line) and take the first right onto Military Rd.  From Connecticut Ave. heading south, turn left onto Military Rd. Follow Military Rd almost 2.5 miles to the intersection of Georgia Ave. Turn right onto Georgia Ave. and make a quick Left onto Missouri Ave. Continue on Missouri Ave. Turn right onto North Capitol St.  Follow North Capitol St. south to the Washington Hospital Center exit (Irving St., West). Turn left at the first light onto the Washington Hospital Center campus.  Follow signs to Washington Hospital Center parking.

Parking: Hospital Garage (Blue Parking Garage): Located directly across from the Main Entrance of the hospital. (110 Irving St. NW Washington, DC 20010)

  • Lunch and program materials are included at no charge for all pre-registered individuals.
  • If you require special accommodations please contact info@LupusDMV.org