The National Advocacy Conference gave attendees the opportunity to:

  • Connect with industry experts, political insiders and members of Congress about current federal efforts to improve health care
  • Visit Capitol Hill to advocate on crucial health care issues affecting attendees and their patients

Meeting documents


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Sekou Andrews

Creator of "Poetic Voice" and inspirational speaker

For over 15 years Sekou Andrews has been helping the world’s largest organizations deliver relevant information with riveting inspiration through an innovative, unconventional category of speaking called “Poetic Voice.”

Forbes Magazine has called Sekou “the de facto poet laureate of corporate America.” His “wow-factor” is in high demand with the world’s most successful organizations and he has emerged as an inspiring voice for health and wellness.

A schoolteacher turned actor, recording artist, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, Sekou is a multi-talented entertainer with over two decades of experience rocking diverse audiences. His work has been featured on ABC World News, MSNBC, HBO, Good Morning America, Showtime, MTV and BET.

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John King

CNN chief national correspondent

John King is CNN's chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, a 30-minute Sunday morning program featuring a panel of the top-tier political correspondents. He is an award-winning journalist who has covered the past seven presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

In his role as chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., King is instrumental in CNN's daily reporting and breaking news coverage. Most recently, King was a prominent part of the network's 2014 Election Night in America coverage offering insight and analysis throughout the evening. His analysis and use of the "Magic Wall" to visually bring the results and their impact to viewers was an integral part of the network's Emmy award-winning 2012 election night coverage.

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Deborah Roberts

Award-winning reporter and news correspondent

Deborah Roberts is an award-winning ABC News Correspondent for 20/20, Nightline, Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. A media veteran, Roberts is a highly respected journalist who has traveled the world in her reporting.  She has also served as substitute anchor for Good Morning America, World News Weekend and 20/20, as well as a co-host on The View.

Roberts has been awarded multiple Emmy awards for her international and national coverage of world events, including her poignant reporting on an Ethiopian American woman’s emotional journey back to her African village to discover her long lost mother.

Roberts is author of “Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times.”


2020 National Advocacy Conference and Nathan Davis Awards Preliminary Agenda

Monday, February 10

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
President’s Lecture–Independence Ballroom A

Kicking off this year’s conference is Sekou Andrews, creator of "Poetic Voice" and inspirational speaker.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Capitol Hill Briefing–Independence Ballroom A

Senior advocacy staff from the AMA will deliver an overview of the organization’s priority issues.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Leadership Panel–Independence Ballroom A

This session shares the perspectives of the AMA president, president-elect, and the chair of the Board of Trustees.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception–Independence Ballroom B-E

Sponsored by AMPAC.

Tuesday, February 11

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast–Independence Ballroom B-E

8:30 am - 9:30 am
Inside the Beltway, John King–Independence Ballroom A

Featuring CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of “Inside Politics.”

9:30 am - 10:00 am
From the Administration, Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services–Independence Ballroom A

Learn how CMS will focus its efforts on 16 strategic initiatives across Medicare, Medicaid, and the Exchanges.

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Congressional Perspectives, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)–Independence Ballroom A

Rep. Brady is the lead Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, with jurisdiction over taxes, health care, Social Security, Medicare, international trade and welfare.

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Congressional Perspectives, Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL)–Independence Ballroom A

The longest-serving Secretary of Health and Human Services in U.S. history, Rep. Shalala returns to Washington as the Representative for Florida’s 27th District.

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Congressional Perspectives, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)–Independence Ballroom A

Rep. DelBene currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is at the forefront of debate on healthcare

11:30 am - 12:15 pm
From the Administration, ADM Brett P. Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services–Independence Ballroom A

The Assistant Secretary for Health leads development of HHS-wide public health policy recommendations and oversees several of the Department’s core public health offices.

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch–Independence Ballroom B-E

Grab and go or sit and relax before heading to the Hill to meet your members of Congress.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Afternoon Open for Hill Visits

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Nathan Davis Reception–Independence Ballroom B-E

This reception is open to all National Advocacy Conference attendees.

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Nathan Davis Awards Dinner–Independence Ballroom A

Master of Ceremonies: Deborah Roberts

Wednesday, February 12

7:15 am - 8:00 am
Breakfast–Independence Ballroom B-E

8:00 am - 8:30 am
Congressional Perspectives, Senator John Barrasso, MD (R-WY)

Sen. Barrasso serves on committees that directly impact the economy, energy interests, public lands, national parks and trade.

8:30 am - 9:15 am
From the Administration, Alex M. Azar, II, JD, Secretary, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services–Independence Ballroom A

Secretary Azar has identified four priorities for HHS to focus the Department’s work to improve the health and well-being of the American people: opioid crisis, health insurance reform, drug pricing, and value-based care.

9:15 am - 9:45 am
Congressional Perspectives, Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R- LA)

Sen. Cassidy serves on the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Veterans Affairs committees.

9:45 am - 10:00 am
Break–Independence Ballroom Foyer

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Patient Advocates, Adrian Williams and Adrienne Shapiro–Independence Ballroom A

Two patient advocates will share their experience to illustrate how public policies can directly affect patient care, stigma, and health equity, and show how important patient stories can be to successful advocacy.

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Medical marijuana legislation in the 116th Congress–Independence Ballroom A

A bipartisan panel of congressional staff will give an overview of issues associated with marijuana-derived products and legislative efforts to address this knowledge gap.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Recap and Wrap-up–Independence Ballroom A

Key AMA Advocacy staff will review the highlights of our speakers and tie them together with the key messages.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Boxed Lunches

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Afternoon Open for Hill Visits

Travel Info

Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H St NW

Washington, DC 20001

ph: (202) 582-1234