Sept. 28 – Sept. 30, 2023 in Arlington, VA

Thank you for attending the 2022 Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS)! The 2023 Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS) will be September 28 – 30, 2023 in Arlington, VA. More information to come in Spring 2023. If you like an email when registration opens, let us know!



Join your PA and PA student colleagues in the nation’s capital for AAPA’s premier Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS), Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2022.

The summit kicks off with a full day dedicated to federal advocacy and afternoon visits with legislators on Capitol Hill (pending the full reopening of the Capitol complex to visitors). The remainder of LAS includes sessions focused on key developments facing the profession, association management, leadership best practices, and advocacy skill-building.

LAS provides a fantastic opportunity for PAs to network, meet old friends and new leaders, exchange ideas, and enjoy the Washington, D.C. area.

First-time attendees often say LAS is one of the most important professional conferences they attend because it helps them gain a better understanding of current issues facing PAs and how they can make positive change. Please contact us if we can answer any questions or provide guidance as you prepare for this event.

This meeting will sell out, so be sure to register early!



Registration Rates

Early Bird Pricing
(6/2 – 7/31)
Standard Pricing
(8/1 – 9/15)
AAPA Member $295 $395
Nonmember $395 $495
AAPA Student Member $175 $175
Student Nonmember $200 $200

Please note that the Leadership and Advocacy Summit is not included in the Fellow Plus or Premium Membership.

Registration rate includes three breakfasts, coffee breaks, Friday luncheon, welcome reception, and entrance to all sessions.

LAS Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Please submit your cancellation request in writing to [email protected].
  • We can offer a full refund for cancellations received prior to July 1, 2022.
  • Between July 1 and September 15 we can offer a 50% refund for cancellations.
  • No refunds or credits will be granted after Thursday, September 15.
  • If AAPA has to cancel the in-person 2022 Leadership and Advocacy Summit, all registrants’ registration fees will be transferred to a fully virtual conference experience and participants will be refunded the difference in price, if applicable.*
  • All hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel.

*If AAPA has to transition to a fully virtual course, please note that the delivery format and number of CME credits may change.

CME Accreditation

CME Accreditation

The 2022 Leadership and Advocacy Summit has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 10.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.  AAPA reference number: CME-208020.

Safety Measures

Safety Measures

AAPA’s utmost concern is the health and safety of our attendees and their patients, as well as our exhibitors, speakers, and staff. We are committed to making this in-person meeting as safe as possible. AAPA will be closely following the CDC and local guidelines at the time of LAS 2022. Here are the ways we are working to make LAS 2022 a safe environment for everyone.

Please note that these safety measures are subject to change based on guidance from the CDC and local authorities at the time of the conference.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required

AAPA is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of the meeting to attend the 2022 Leadership & Advocacy Summit in Arlington, VA.

“Fully vaccinated” is defined as a person who has received one of the vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or by the World Health Organization, and is:

  • 2 weeks after vaccination with the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after vaccination with a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

For those who are not vaccinated and still wish to attend in person, proof of a negative RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen test* within 72 hours of conference check-in is required. Please email proof of negative test to AAPA staff at [email protected].

*At-home, self-administered rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. Only rapid antigen test results provided by a third-party will be accepted.

Upload Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

What AAPA Is Doing:

  • Contactless check-in: Attendees will be able to take their own badges, bags, and materials from the on-site registration desk.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for attendees to use in meeting spaces and foyer.

What the Venue Is Doing:

What Attendees Should Do:

  • Masks are optional for attendees to wear at LAS 2022. AAPA will not be providing masks, and if an attendee chooses to wear one they will need to bring their own.
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, please stay home and seek medical advice.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Be sure to practice everyday preventive actions.

Vaccination Policy FAQs:

How do I show proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

All attendees, staff, vendors, exhibitors and faculty must upload a photo or copy of their vaccination card to this secure site.

PDF, JPEG and PNG are all acceptable file formats.

How do I show proof of a negative COVID-19 test?

Please email your proof of negative RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test* test to AAPA staff at [email protected]. The test must have been administered within 72 hours of conference check-in.

*At-home, self-administered rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. Only rapid antigen test results provided by a third-party will be accepted.

Do I have to share personal health information on my card when I upload it?

When entering your proof of vaccination, your name and COVID-19 vaccine information must be visible. If you would prefer to cover your date of birth or other personal health information on the card, you are permitted to do so.

AAPA will keep this information stored in a secure website until the conference ends, at which time the information will be deleted from the system. AAPA will not use the uploaded information for any purpose other than verification of vaccination status for attendance at the in-person 2022 Leadership & Advocacy Summit.

What if I do not upload my vaccine card prior to the conference date or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test when I arrive?

You will not be able to attend the in-person conference. A conference badge will not be issued to anyone who has not completed the proof of vaccination or provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Without a conference badge, you will not be allowed in.



Please refer to the full agenda (PDF) for the speaker(s), descriptions, and which sessions are CME eligible. The asterisk (*) denotes AAPA Category 1 CME credit.

  • September 29


    • 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


    • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


    • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

      Congressional Outlook*

    • 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

      Networking Break

    • 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

      You Got This: Preparing for Capitol Hill Visits*

    • 12:00 p.m.

      Depart for Capitol Hill

    • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

      Appointments on Capitol Hill*

    • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

      Welcome Reception

  • September 30


    • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


    • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

      Capitol Hill Debrief

    • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

      The Key Components for Building Power to Change Public Policy*

    • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

      Networking Break

    • 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

      How to Enhance Advocacy with Research*

    • 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


    • 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

      Creating Inclusive Partnerships While Improving Health Outcomes – Sponsored by Vituity

    • 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

      Networking Break

    • 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

      Department of Health and Human Services Outlook: Remarks from the Biden Administration

    • 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

      Obesity Care Advocacy

    • 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

      Networking Break

    • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

      Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

      • Collaboration Over Competition: How Partnerships Can Make an ImPAct
      • Daring Leadership – Lean into Your Braver Self
      • Leveraging Media and Social Media to Achieve Your Organization’s Goals
  • October 1


    • 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


    • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

      Engaging State Legislators on Your Key Priorities*

    • 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

      Networking Break

    • 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

      Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

      • Testimony Bootcamp*
      • Finding the On-Ramp to Student Advocacy: Where do the Opportunities Lie?
      • Successful Strategies for Making the Most of Your Leadership Term*
    • 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

      Networking Break and Hotel Checkout

    • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

      We’re all EARs: Effective Advocates for Reimbursement*

This agenda may be updated or modified without notification.

Venue and Travel

Venue and Travel

Conference Venue

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 S. Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Making a Hotel Room Reservation

The hotel block is full.  Should you still need a reservation, please contact Mairi Gardner.

Benefits of Staying at the Conference Hotel

You have easy access to the day’s sessions, meals, and countless networking opportunities with your peers. By staying within the block, you also help AAPA negotiate the best hotel rates for our attendees. There’s really no reason to stay anywhere else!

Hotel Perks

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Direct access to The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, offering more than 250 dining and shopping options
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Indoor access to the Metro station in Arlington


This hotel is just 3.8 miles from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Hotel shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided, however, this hotel is conveniently located next to the Pentagon City Metro Station on the blue line. Please visit for more information, and check out the metro map.

Things to Do

Things to Do

Take advantage of your time in the nation’s capital!

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City is conveniently located next to the Pentagon City Metro Station on both the blue and yellow lines, making access to the Washington, D.C. National Mall a breeze!

Feeling a shopping spree?

You’re in luck – the hotel is adjacent to the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Shop ‘til you drop – after sessions of course!

Attendee Information

Attendee Information

On-Site Conference Registration and Tips
  • Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 29. Please be sure to stop by and pick up your badge and Capitol Hill Day materials before heading into the sessions. You only need to check in once at the on-site registration desk.
  • Meeting rooms might get cold – don’t forget your sweater or light jacket.
  • Bring along your business cards and get ready to network!
  • Click here for instructions for downloading and using the Advocacy Associates Hill Day App.
Electronic Handouts

Please remember there is no paper syllabus for this course.  Electronic handouts provided by conference faculty are available in Learning Central. To access the handouts:

  1. Log in to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please contact [email protected].
  2. From your Dashboard, locate 2022 Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS).
  3. Navigate to the different sessions by selecting the navigation tabs at the top of the screen or from the menu options on the left.
  4. Click the session title to navigate to Session Overview and scroll down to Session Materials to access the handout for that session. Please note not all faculty agree to have their handout posted.

Course Evaluations and CME Certificate

Your feedback helps us plan future conferences; therefore, your completion of course evaluations is a prerequisite for a CME certificate. The course evaluations/CME certificate will be available in AAPA’s Learning Central beginning Saturday, October 1, 2022. You will have until Wednesday, November 30, 2022, to complete the evaluations. Please use the following steps to complete the course evaluations and receive your CME certificate:

  1. Log in to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t  know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please contact [email protected].
  2. From your Dashboard, locate 2022 Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS).
  3. Navigate to the different sessions by selecting the navigation tabs at the top of the screen or from the menu options on the left.
  4. Click the session title to navigate to Session Overview and scroll down to Session Evaluation.
  5. At the end of each session, complete the Session Evaluation for that session. Be sure to ONLY complete the session evaluations for the sessions that you attended.
  6. Complete the Conference Evaluation at the end of the conference.
  7. The CME certificate will not be viewable until the overall conference evaluation is completed.
  8. View your certificate on the CME Certificate page in the LAS 2022 hub or on the Transcript page.


“I have attended this probably 5 times – I love it and learn so much! Makes me feel like I can go home and make these changes.”

“Excellent opportunity to learn how to propel our profession into the forefront and be a voice to promote PAs.”

“This [summit] teaches so much about being a leader in our profession. A truly unexpected rewarding experience. The atmosphere is very welcoming. Great networking opportunity.”

“You get to meet and network with hundreds of PAs from across the nation that are just as passionate about the PA profession as you are and want to help you succeed in your practice, too.”


Partnering with AAPA

Put the prestige and connections of AAPA to work for you and connect with our Professionals.  AAPA’s Leadership and Advocacy Summit brings together current and future leaders, administrators, managers, and decision makers. Get in front of these PAs and PA students who are addressing profession issues and developing their advocacy skills.

As an Event Sponsor, you’ll be able to extend your brand, reach the right audience and amplify your message through brand exposure, thought leadership or creating a memorable conference experience.  AAPA offers a variety of different opportunities that are available to fit your budget and needs.

In addition to the sponsorship benefits listed for each item, sponsors also receive:

  • General Event Sponsor Recognition – Conference Website, Pre-Promotional Materials and Onsite Signage
  • Access to the Pre & Post Conference Attendee Registration List (available four weeks before the conference)

For more information about these opportunities, contact Heather Teplitz.

Thank you to our LAS 2022 sponsors!

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