In early March of this year, 30 graduate and undergraduate students from the department had
the opportunity to attend the 14th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.
sponsored by the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations, among others. Through a
competitive application process, these students received Health Science scholarships for flight and hotel
The purpose of the summit is to train participants to effectively advocate for policies that promote
public health. Each year, summit organizers decide on key health policy priorities. These priorities
become the focus for appropriation advocacy. This year’s priorities included appropriation funding for
programs such as CDC’s DASH, REACH, and retaining the prevention provisions of the Affordable Care
After two days of training, students met with House Representatives and Senators from their home
states. They shared with the Congressmen and women the importance of the key priorities and related
success stories from their states.
Aside from the training and advocacy work, students had some time for sightseeing Washington, D.C.
and exploring a myriad of restaurants. The students enjoyed the experience and the chance they had to
share their passion of public health with our nation’s lawmakers.
Below is a slideshow of the pictures students took while in Washington, D.C.