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Diabetes Advocacy Training

This is where members learn how to meet with their legislators and develop skills to advocate for diabetes care and education.

Participate in Advocacy Training

Each year, we host multiple opportunities for our member advocates to obtain training on diabetes advocacy.

Our two largest events are the Public Policy Forum & Hill Day and the State Policy Forum. These premier events feature expert speakers on key issues related to diabetes care and prevention that are actively being considered at the state and federal levels.

As part of diabetes advocacy training, attendees learn about current issues, policy goals that the diabetes community is seeking to address, how to talk with legislators and their staff, and how to develop partnerships to push for change.

Advocacy training events are for ADCES® members with all levels of advocacy experience and have no cost to register.

Diabetes Advocacy Training

State Policy Forum

2024 State Policy Forum

This event will take place in fall 2024.

The date of this half-day virtual training will be announced in late spring.

    Public Policy Forum & Hill Day

    2024 Public Policy Forum & Hill Day

    The ADCES Virtual Public Policy Forum (PPF) & Hill Day was held March 6-7, 2024. The event took place during Obesity Care Week and focused on advocacy for cardiometabolic care. 

    This free event was open to all ADCES members with any level of advocacy experience – from beginner to expert.


    • Virtual PPF training: March 6, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
    • Virtual Hill Day: March 7. Congressional meeting times will vary.
    Event Overview
    • ADCES Advocacy priorities and 2024 activities
    • The state of diabetes policy in Washington
    • Legislative training on key cardiometabolic issues
    • Preparing for Congressional meetings including team breakouts
    Key Cardiometabolic Legislation
    • Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act
    • Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
    • Permanent telehealth expansion in Medicare
    Confirmed Speakers
    • Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDCES, 2024 ADCES President
    • Hannah Martin, MPH, RDN, Director of Advocacy, ADCES
    • Sheila Burke, MPA, RN, FAAN, Baker Donelson
    • Tiffani Williams, JD, MPH, The Daschle Group
    • Cristy Gallagher, MPAff, STOP Obesity Alliance at GWU
    • Kyle Zebley, American Telemedicine Association
    • Teresa Martin, MS, RD, LD, CDCES, ADCES Advocacy Committee Chair
    • Rosanne Ainscough, RDN, CDCES, ADCES Advocacy Committee Member
    • Gayle Jennings, MS, RDN, LDN, BC-ADM, CDCES, Former ADCES Advocacy Committee Member

    2024 Public Policy Forum Resources

    Below are links to the prep materials and leave-behind materials to prepare for and follow up after Hill Meetings as part of the 2024 Virtual Public Policy Forum. The leave-behinds apply to the 118th Congress (2023-2024) versions of the bills.


    Thank You, Sponsors!

    Thank you to our 2024 Public Policy Forum sponsors, Lilly and Dexcom.