PHPN Symposium attendees visit congressional offices in 2019.

The deadline is approaching to join fellow pulmonary hypertension-treating professionals Thursday, Sept. 28 on Capitol Hill for an in-person
Advocacy Day. The event will kick off the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s PH Professional Network Symposium, which runs through Sept. 30 in Arlington, Virginia.

PHPN Advocacy Day is an exciting opportunity for health care professionals to advance long-term change and improve their patients’ lives by carrying their stories to congressional offices. Attendees must register for Symposium and Advocacy Day by Thursday, Aug. 31 to give PHA time to plan meetings with legislative offices.

“The experience can be profound,” says Rebecca Fenton, RN, who participated in 2021. “We have unbelievable stories. It’s worth taking the time off.” Rebecca is the clinical nurse coordinator at NYU Langone Health.

PHA staff will guide each group of advocates through meetings with legislative offices. Advocates will receive training, lunch and transportation to Capitol Hill.

“This is another way to spread awareness of PH,” says Kristine Ritenour, RN coordinator for the pulmonary hypertension program at Medical University of South Carolina. “Our lawmakers can’t do anything to help us if they don’t know how. PHA gives us the tools to get the conversation started with specific asks that can ultimately benefit our patients.”

Register for Symposium. Make sure to check the box for Advocacy Day when filling out the registration form.

If you’ve already registered for Symposium but forgot to check the Advocacy Day participation box, email us or call 240-485-0748 by Thursday, Aug. 31.