Twice a year, The Emily Program Foundation travels with a team to Washington, D.C. to advocate for eating disorder policy change. The Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) hosts these Advocacy Days (formerly known as “lobby days”) to bring people together from all over the country to educate Members of Congress and encourage their support of important eating disorder policy.
Why do we advocate?
We advocate because we have to. Decisions are made daily that impact you and me. If we want Congress to pass legislation and create policies that address what is important to us and to those affected by eating disorders, we have to be part of the conversation.
What does it mean to advocacte?
Advocacy refers to the support or opposition of a particular piece of legislation at any level of government.
The EDC is asking Members of Congress to support policies that improve the lives of people with eating disorders.
One of EDC’s main strategies is to bring advocates together at advocacy days twice a year to garner support for the EDC’s policy priorities.
Don’t worry if it you’ve never been to Capitol Hill or advocated before. Together, we will review our unified message and the legislation for which we will advocate. The EDC will also teach you about advocating and how to share your story in a way that makes a notable impact on Congressional representatives. Your experiences are important and we need your voice!
The Emily Program Foundation offers scholarships to help offset some of the costs of traveling to Washington, D.C. Please consider joining The Emily Program Foundation and the EDC for our first Advocacy Day of the 115th Congress. There is much to do to make certain that the bill we successfully passed last year is implemented the way we intended it to be. We need your voice to urge Congress to develop regulations and rules for the 21st Century Cures Act.
The EDC Spring 2017 Advocacy Day will be on April 5th – please complete the Scholarship Application by Friday, March 3rd and we hope to see you there!
Can’t make it to Washington, D.C.? Participate in Virtual Advocacy Day!
Advocate with us on our next National Advocacy Day by calling your Members of Congress and spreading awareness on social media. Instructions and details about our upcoming Virtual Advocacy Day will be posted online, stay tuned!