“Having Our Voices Heard: Raising an Effective Voice in a Changing and Challenging World”
Each year, Affiliates and others convene at the Conference of Affiliates for training, networking and socializing. The 2018 Conference will be held April 8-11 in Arlington, VA and will have a strong public policy and advocacy component, including a day on Capitol Hill. As we did in 2016, the Conference is being co-located with Alcohol Policy 18. Our Conference will open on Sunday evening, April 8, and conclude at Noon on Wednesday, April 11, in time for AP 18’s opening session at 1:00.
The theme for 2018, “Having Our Voices Heard: Raising an Effective Voice in a Changing and Challenging World,” will have a public policy focus encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. Topics also will address de-stigmatization and putting a public face on addiction. Importantly, there will be time to learn about the merged organization, Facing Addiction with NCADD, and meet some of the new leadership.
The Conference of Affiliates meetings will be held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, 2800 South Potomac Avenue, Arlington, VA 22202. Sleeping rooms are booked at the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, which is adjacent at 2850 South Potomac Avenue. The hotels are a 15-minute walk from Crystal City metro station and a mile from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. There is free airport shuttle from Reagan Airport. Studios and 1-bedroom suites have full kitchens, dining areas, pull-out sofas and desks, plus free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Amenities include free hot breakfast and weekday evening socials, plus a grocery shopping service and a convenience store. There’s an indoor pool, a fitness room and bike rentals. The Conference hotel rate is $229, plus applicable taxes.
Reservations must be made by March 16, 2018. Reservations accepted after the cutoff date of March 16, 2018 will be accepted on a space and rate available basis. Please book your reservation online or call the hotel directly at (703) 415-1300. When calling, be sure to indicate your affiliation with the NCADD Conference to receive the special group rate.
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Sunday, April 8
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm Conference Opening and Reception (Sponsored by PACE) A New Beginning: Introduction to Facing Addiction with NCADD Speakers: Andy Pucher, Jim Hood
Monday, April 9
8:00 am- 5:00 pm Exhibits
9:00 am-11:00 am Our Friends in Washington
Jerome M. Adams, MD, Surgeon General (invited)
Fran Harding, Director, CSAP (invited)
Kim Johnson, PhD, Director, CSAT (invited)
11:00 am-12:00 pm P&E Award-winning program presentation
12:15 pm- 1:45 pm Awards Luncheon (Sponsored by Mutual of America)
2:00 pm- 5:00 pm The Interface Among Fund Raising, Social Media and Grassroots Advocacy Speaker: Mollie Baxter-Birney
Tuesday, April 10
9:00 am-10:00 am Breakfast and Prep for Hill Visits
10:00 am- 3:00 pm Visits to Capitol Hill
3:00 pm- 5:00 pm Post Hill Visit Debriefing
Wednesday, April 11
8:30 am-11:30 am Affiliate Round Robin
11:30 am Conference Close