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Are you a young adult ages 18-30 years old with a bleeding disorder? Do you want to develop advocacy and leadership skills for yourself and the bleeding disorders community? YAAS is for you.

We are excited to share that this all-expenses-paid event will return as an in-person Summit in 2022. Join us in Washington, DC from Thursday, July 21 to Saturday, July 23, 2022!聽Participants of the Young Adult Advocacy Summit are introduced to legislative and personal advocacy in a safe and supportive manner with hands-on training and peer support. Participants will develop advocacy, coalition building, and leadership skills through interactive training with experts in policy, advocacy, and communications.

Our outreach to legislative offices on Capitol Hill and federal agencies empowers participants to apply their knowledge and experience in their communities. We believe that introducing young people to public service, especially in our nation鈥檚 capital, deepens their understanding of society鈥檚 needs and the various ways policymakers address these needs. YAAS is also a great way for our young community members to enhance their educational, personal, and professional development.

Activities and Learning Objectives

  • Gain comprehensive personal and legislative advocacy training;
  • Learn how federal and state policy issues affect the bleeding disorders community;
  • Practice advocacy and communications skills in our Congressional office meetings to practice skills;
  • Learn how to craft and share your personal story via a communications workshop;
  • Demonstrate proper use of social media for legislative advocacy;
  • Gain an overview of health insurance for young adults;
  • Meet other young adults with bleeding disorders about the challenges they face every day;
  • Build networks across the bleeding disorders community to foster activities at the local level;
  • And much more!

COVID-19 Policy

Please read: COVID-19 Policy for Young Adult Advocacy Summit 2022

Attendees will be required to follow this policy in order to participate in the Young Adult Advocacy Summit. We are following CDC guidelines for vaccinations, boosters, testing, and isolation. Our policy will be updated if CDC guidelines change, so please check this page for updates before traveling to Washington, DC.

Vaccinations

Attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Full vaccination is defined as:

  • 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna)
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson鈥檚/Janssen vaccine)

The second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson鈥檚/Jannsen must be received on or before July 7, 2022 in order to participate in the Young Adult Advocacy Summit.

Booster Shots

HFA recommends that attendees follow CDC guidelines for getting booster shots, if and when they are eligible. Boosters are recommended at least 5 months after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccination and at least 2 months after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson鈥檚/Janssen vaccination.

  • If your second dose (Pfizer/Moderna) was before February 21, 2022, a booster is recommended to participate in the Young Adult Advocacy Summit.
  • If your single dose (Johnson & Johnson鈥檚/Jannsen) was before May 21, 2022, a booster is recommended to participate in the Young Adult Advocacy Summit.

Proof of Vaccination

Attendees are required to submit their vaccination status prior to their participation in the Young Adult Advocacy Summit. For attendees who are accepted into the Young Adult Advocacy Summit program, HFA will reach out with further instructions as to how to submit their vaccination status.

Registrants are required to complete the application for HFA to understand their interest in the Summit, as well as to collect important logistical and health information.聽 For more information about the Summit or other young adult activities, contact Lindsay Cox, Senior Manager for Advocacy & Outreach at l.cox@hemophiliafed.org.


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