On September 5, pulmonary hypertension (PH) medical professionals and other advocates will make their voices heard on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., during the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s PH Professional Network (PHPN) Advocacy Day.

“Being on Capitol Hill during the PH Professional Network Advocacy Day was one of the most memorable experiences of my professional life,” says past attendee Fran Rogers, M.S.N., CRNP. “I was able to advocate for our patients in a very unique way.”

The annual Advocacy Day serves as an opportunity for health care professionals to visit Capitol Hill and educate their members of Congress about the needs of their patients with PH. The event launches the 2019 PHPN Symposium, “Influencing the Practice: The Art and Science of Treating Pulmonary Hypertension” that takes place from Sept. 5-7 in Washington, D.C. To register for Symposium and for Advocacy Day, visit PHAssociation.org/Symposium/Registration.

Cheri Abbott, R.N., CCRP, has attended four Advocacy Days. She says, “It’s empowering to meet with legislators to promote awareness of the challenges our patients face on a day-to-day basis; you’re essentially giving your patients a voice when you attend.”

Follow PHA’s Twitter page for updates on Advocacy Day as it approaches as well as the hashtag: #PHAdvocacyDay.

Note: Those interested in learning more about Advocacy Day can register for a live webinar orientation titled PHPN Advocacy Day: What to Expect. The webinar will take place Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. EST and will cover topics such as the event agenda, tips for a successful legislative visit and key talking points. Register for the Advocacy Day orientation webinar.