Patient Congress

Patient Congress is an annual event to impact change by bringing patient voices to Washington, DC. Organized and hosted by Patient Advocate Foundation and its sister organization, the National Patient Advocate Foundation, this event focuses on topics that matter to patients.

Why Participate in Patient Congress?

FAQs about 2019 Patient Congress

For more than 22 years, Patient Advocate Foundation’s mission has been to serve one patient at a time by providing sustained, tangible help based on their individual circumstances. That commitment to personalized assistance remains true today.

We take what we learn from helping tens of thousands of patients and their families and alongside our sister organization - National Patient Advocate Foundation - advocate for improved engagement of the patient voice on key issues in the healthcare system and promote change that will positively impact the patient experience.

Patient Congress participants are volunteers that have made a commitment to improving healthcare for patients in their community. Participants join Patient Congress with a variety of personal, processional and advocacy experience. Each session is structured to be accessible enough to someone completely new to advocacy or health policy, while also challenging our participants who have worked with us for over a decade. In order to ensure that participants have a well rounded experience, panels include a mix of policy, communications and practical advocacy advice, with an emphasis on interaction sessions that directly engage the audience.

Who Can Come to Patient Congress?

Participants are chosen through an open application process.  Applications for 2019 are found here 

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When and Where is Patient Congress Held?

Patient Congress is held annually in Washington, D.C.   The 2019 event will be held September 25, 2019 - September 27, 2019.

The event will take place at Hyatt House | The Wharf, Washington, DC

2019 marks the 20th Patient Congress event held by Patient Advocate Foundation, with the event theme "Cost of Care."

I'm Not Sure I Can Afford To Come - Are Attendance Scholarships Available?
Each year we offer full scholarships to participants. The scholarships include travel, food and lodging.
How Do I Signup to Participate?

Applications for the 2019 Patient Congress event are accepted at  

How Can I Support Patient Congress Through Sponsorship?

To become a sponsor for Patient Congress or learn about options to support this event, call Shawn Nason directly at 757-952-1370 or reach out using our contact form.

I Cannot Attend, Can I Participate from Home? 

While Patient Congress attendees benefit most from attending in person, we know that may not always be feasible for everyone.   If you are interested in learning more about our annual event's policy focus areas and how to support those efforts in your home state, please consider joining PAF's complementary organization National Patient Advocate Foundation's  (NPAF) volunteer program.    If you have specific ideas on how you can support the event, please send us your thoughts using this contact form. 

Where Can I Learn About Past Events?

Patient Congress 2018 centered around story telling, palliative care and protecting people with pre-existing conditions. To view a recap of the 2018 event, visit the page on our sister organization's website - the National Patient Advocate Foundation.

Thank you to our 2018 Event Sponsors!

Amplifying the Patient Voice
September 26-28, 2018

Patient Advocate Foundation Expresses Sincere Appreciation to the Following Sponsors

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude in support of our volunteers’ commendable acts of service. Amid an ever-changing health care landscape, we are grateful for the role our volunteers play in championing the patient’s voice.

Thank you for your extraordinary dedication.