AACE Advocacy Training Program
AACE Advocacy Training Program

Are you passionate about improving endocrine healthcare and advocating for better patient outcomes?

Join us October 18, 2024, from 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST for the transformative AACE Advocacy Training Program, a FREE virtual event designed to empower endocrinologists, endocrine care team members, industry professionals, and patient advocates with the knowledge, strategies, and tools to become an effective advocate for endocrine issues such as improved access to endocrine care. Through expert-led sessions, interactive discussions, and real-world case studies, you'll gain invaluable insights into navigating the legislative process, collaborating with stakeholders, leveraging public awareness campaigns, and empowering patients in advocacy efforts.

Save The Date

  • Date: Friday, October 18, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST
  • Location: Virtual Conference
  • Free Registration: FREE for all participants
Target Audience

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is endocrinologists, endocrine care team members, industry professionals, and patient advocates.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

By the end of this advocacy training program, participants will be able to:

  • Define the concept of advocacy and prioritize critical advocacy issues affecting endocrinology practice, patient care, and research.
  • Recognize disparities and challenges faced by patients with endocrine disorders and advocate for policies that promote equitable access to endocrine care and reduce healthcare disparities.
  • Describe the legislative process and understand how policies are formulated and implemented.
  • Collaborate with sister organizations, patient advocacy groups and others to create an effective coalition.
  • Improve efficiencies in AACE's response to important advocacy issues through timely and rapid communication amongst AACE' trained advocates nationwide.
  • Apply strategies for effectively communicating with policymakers, including crafting persuasive messages, demonstrating evidence, and engaging in meaningful conversations.
  • Advocate for policies that promote equitable access to endocrine care and reduce healthcare disparities.
Advocacy Planning Committee



S. Sethu K. Reddy, MD, MBA, FRCPC, FACP, MACE


William C. Biggs, MD, ECNU, FACE


Pavan Chava, DO, FACE


Vickey Cheng, MD, ECNU


Kevin McKinney, MD, FACE



Faculty coming soon.

Virtual Conference Agenda

Tentative Virtual Conference Agenda

Program subject to change.

Welcome and Program Overview

Introduction to Advocacy in Endocrinology

  • Defining the importance of advocacy in improving endocrine healthcare
  • Exploring advocacy in shaping policies, patient access, and research funding
  • Identifying the scope of advocacy: state level, place of employment, insurance carriers, employers
  • Overview of key advocacy issues and their impact on patients and endocrine clinicians (to the finalized with AACE's Advocacy Network Experts)

Advocacy Strategies and Tools for Endocrine Issues

  • Overview of effective advocacy strategies and tactics
  • Developing a compelling advocacy message for endocrine issues
  • Utilizing social media, campaigns, and other tools to amplify advocacy efforts

Navigating the Legislative Process

  • Understanding the legislative process and its relevance to endocrine advocacy, including state level, place of employment, insurance carriers, employers
  • Understanding legislative fixes versus regulatory
  • Building relationships with lawmakers and policymakers
  • Crafting persuasive communications for advocating policy changes
  • Collaborate with sister organizations to create synergistic advocacy efforts in legislatures

Engaging in Public Awareness and Social Media

  • Designing public awareness initiatives for endocrine issues
  • Leveraging media, storytelling, and visual content to engage the public
  • Measuring the impact and effectiveness of public awareness initiatives

Collaborating with Stakeholders

  • The role of collaboration with healthcare clinicians, patient organizations, and industry partners
  • Understanding the rules of engagement
  • Building alliances for collective advocacy efforts
  • Addressing potential conflicts of interest while collaborating

Ethical Considerations in Endocrine Advocacy

  • Exploring ethical principles in advocacy work
  • Transparency, integrity, and maintaining credibility in advocacy efforts
  • Navigating sensitive issues and potential conflicts in advocacy work

Empowering Patients in Advocacy

  • Educating patients about their role in advocacy efforts
  • Identify patient champions
  • Equipping patients with tools to share their stories and advocate effectively
  • Creating patient centered advocacy initiatives

Advocacy in a Changing Landscape

  • Adapting advocacy strategies to evolving healthcare landscapes
  • Responding to emerging issues and challenges in endocrinology
  • Embracing technology and digital platforms for advocacy

Action Planning and Implementation

  • Developing an advocacy action plan tailored to endocrine issues
  • Setting achievable advocacy goals and milestones
  • Monitoring progress and adjusting strategies as needed

Closing Remarks

  • Acknowledging participants' completion of the advocacy training program
  • Encouraging continued advocacy involvement and engagement
  • Providing resources for further learning and involvement in endocrine advocacy initiatives

Don't miss this chance to amplify your voice, influence policies, and make a lasting impact on endocrine patient care and research. Register now for this free virtual event and join us in shaping a better future for endocrinology.