Each year the American Kidney Fund brings a group of our Advocates to the nation’s capital for advocacy training and meetings with their elected officials on issues important to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on dialysis. The next event will take place between March 7-8, 2018. If you sent in an application and it is approved, we will contact you with further information. If selected, the American Kidney Fund will pay for your travel, hotel and meal expenses.

Applications were due Friday, January 5, 2018.

2017 Advocacy Day

On March 7-8, 2017, AKF held its 7th Annual Patient Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, where advocates representing 13 states gathered in our nation’s capital to work on behalf of all the dialysis patients we support. Our advocates shared personal stories with their Members of Congress discussing their journey with kidney disease and the issue of insurance companies rejecting health insurance premium payments made by charitable organizations like AKF on behalf of people with ESRD and other chronic illnesses. The legislative fly-in was an all-encompassing event that provided these advocates with a full suite of training and education to prepare them to speak to Members of Congress and their staffs on the issues affecting people with kidney disease and their families.

The 2017 Advocacy Day was the largest in the event’s history. We had more advocates from more states and even more meetings. A total of 41 meetings were coordinated by AKF on behalf of 18 advocates with their Members of Congress and their staffs. Our advocates came from 13 states: California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. In 2018, we hope to work with more advocates in more states and within more Congressional districts.