Advocacy Day 2022
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
8:30 - 11:45 AM

There is no registration fee to attend Advocacy Day, but pre-registration is required.


Registration is live for Advocacy Day! For more information and to register, click here!  WHA has again contracted with the professional event platform, LeaderPass, to deliver this event to advocates across the state virtually. 

As in years past, attendees can expect to hear from a great lineup of speakers, including opening keynote to be announced soon. The day will also include the always-interesting and popular bipartisan legislative panel discussion.

While there is no registration fee to participate in Advocacy Day, pre-registration is required.

As the COVID-19 pandemic maintains its grip on our state, stretching our health care system to its limits, it has never been more important for you and your teams to participate in Advocacy Day and let your voices be heard!

Who Should Attend

  • Chief Executive Officers

  • Chief Financial Officers

  • Chief Quality Officers

  • Physician Leaders

  • Nurse Leaders

  • Hospital Department Managers

  • HEAT members

  • Hospital volunteers

  • Partners of WHA members

  • Hospital Trustees

  • Any hospital staff interested in helping to shape the future of health care in Wisconsin


Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with their legislators and/or their staff virtually, and are encouraged to do so.  Specific times, in 30-minutes intervals, are set aside on March 23, 24, and 25 for these meetings.  Meetings are scheduled based on home state senate districts, to include corresponding state assembly districts.  For example, if you live in state senate district 13, your meeting will also include state representatives from state assembly districts 37, 38, and 39. 
 
Advocates can expect a follow-up from WHA staff a little closer to the event confirming their specific meeting date and time, along with virtual instructions to join the meeting.


There is no registration fee to attend Advocacy Day, but pre-registration is required.

  

Advocacy Day 2021 - Wednesday, April 14, 2021 

 

Come one come all to one of the greatest days we have to advocate for Healthcare by attending the VIRTUAL , 2021 advocacy day on         

April 14, 2021, from the comfort of your Home!


As always a wonderful platform of speakers will be provided to include keynote speaker, Frank Sesno, and international journalist of 30 years who is reported from around the world and known for hosting CNN. Certainly one of the highlights of this day is the presentation from a panel of bipartisan legislators who will discuss various legislative issues. An invitation has been extended to Governor Evers for a brief message.


Finally, we all will have the opportunity for a virtual visit with our very own Legislator, or Representative, about Healthcare issues in Our state. 


There is No Cost to attend. 

Please click here for more information and to Register.


Thanks for what you all do as Volunteers to Advocate for The World Cass Healthcare we have come to expect in our State.


Bill McCullough, Public Policy Education
Chair, Partners of WHA

Advocacy Day 2020 - Wednesday, March 18, 2020 CANCELLED

Advocacy Day 2019 was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 

(Click here for WHA's video.)

For the first time, Wisconsin Hospital Association hosted two governors.  Governor Tommy Thompson had a fireside style talk with Eric Borgerding, CEO of WHA, and Governor Tony Evers spoke at lunch.  The legislative panel included four members of the Joint Finance committee.  Legislative priorities included the importance of hospitals to local economies, improving reimbursement for Medicaid services, and removing legal barriers to the practice of telemedicine.  Thank you to the almost 1,000 attendees for dedicating time to learn about the public policy issues;  600 of whom met with their legislators to discuss the issues.  

ADVOCACY DAY 2018 was held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 

ADVOCACY DAY 2016 was held on March 30, 2016

 

Who: Over 1,000 hospital administrators, caregivers and volunteers attended the March 30 annual Wisconsin Hospital Association Advocacy Day. Audience enthusiasm and appreciation were evident in the interaction with the Legislative Panel and key note speakers Richard Pollack, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association, and Governor Scott Walker. Over 500 attendees also went to the Capitol to meet with their respective state senators and representatives to express appreciation for the support and passage of DSH, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, the Behavioral Health Care Package and opposing a fee schedule for the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Program. A request for continuing attention to Medicaid reimbursement concerns were also conveyed to all legislators.

 

What: The presentation of a broad array of facts, challenges, requirements and initiatives affecting Wisconsin hospitals, patients and communities was interesting and informative. Did you know every minute a patient is admitted to a Wisconsin hospital? That every two minutes a patient is admitted to an out patient clinic? And that every ten minutes a baby is born in our hospitals? There is no doubt our hospitals are an important part of each community and provide vital services to patients, their families and the community at large. Change is a constant in our lives. The ability to respond to change by identifying key factors and developing alternative ways of doing things is the key to sustainability and success for our hospitals. Did you know 55% of Americans have one chronic health condition; 16% have two chronic health conditions and 12% suffer from three or more chronic health conditions? This situation along with the 2030 projections for increasing numbers of Americans needing treatment for Alzheimer’s disease pose a different set of needs and expectations. The demand for immediate and long- term care is expected to increase dramatically. The areas of self management and an overall wellness program designed to teach patients to make good life style choices aimed at prevention become even more critical. The Legislative Panel members were State Senator Leah Vukmir, State Senator Jon Erpenbach, State Representative Jim Steineke, and State Representative Peter Barca. They provided a lively discussion of issues including job development, Medicaid reimbursement, opiate and heroine addiction/prevention, and bipartisan support for legislation passed in the last session.

 

When: Mark your calendars. Next year’s Advocacy Day will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017. It promises to be educational, interesting and the best place to get the “scoop” on public policy issues that support hospitals and the patients they serve.

ADVOCACY DAY 2016 was held on March 30, 2016

 

Who: Over 1,000 hospital administrators, caregivers and volunteers attended the March 30 annual Wisconsin Hospital Association Advocacy Day. Audience enthusiasm and appreciation were evident in the interaction with the Legislative Panel and key note speakers Richard Pollack, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association, and Governor Scott Walker. Over 500 attendees also went to the Capitol to meet with their respective state senators and representatives to express appreciation for the support and passage of DSH, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, the Behavioral Health Care Package and opposing a fee schedule for the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Program. A request for continuing attention to Medicaid reimbursement concerns were also conveyed to all legislators.

 

What: The presentation of a broad array of facts, challenges, requirements and initiatives affecting Wisconsin hospitals, patients and communities was interesting and informative. Did you know every minute a patient is admitted to a Wisconsin hospital? That every two minutes a patient is admitted to an out patient clinic? And that every ten minutes a baby is born in our hospitals? There is no doubt our hospitals are an important part of each community and provide vital services to patients, their families and the community at large. Change is a constant in our lives. The ability to respond to change by identifying key factors and developing alternative ways of doing things is the key to sustainability and success for our hospitals. Did you know 55% of Americans have one chronic health condition; 16% have two chronic health conditions and 12% suffer from three or more chronic health conditions? This situation along with the 2030 projections for increasing numbers of Americans needing treatment for Alzheimer’s disease pose a different set of needs and expectations. The demand for immediate and long- term care is expected to increase dramatically. The areas of self management and an overall wellness program designed to teach patients to make good life style choices aimed at prevention become even more critical. The Legislative Panel members were State Senator Leah Vukmir, State Senator Jon Erpenbach, State Representative Jim Steineke, and State Representative Peter Barca. They provided a lively discussion of issues including job development, Medicaid reimbursement, opiate and heroine addiction/prevention, and bipartisan support for legislation passed in the last session.

 

When: Mark your calendars. Next year’s Advocacy Day will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017. It promises to be educational, interesting and the best place to get the “scoop” on public policy issues that support hospitals and the patients they serve.

Partners of WHA - Top Ten Reasons to Attend Advocacy Day

 

#10.  You have an opportunity to win an early registration drawing prize and/or one of the luncheon centerpieces.

 

#9.  You will have a fun day traveling, interacting and learning with other Partners of WHA from across Wisconsin.

 

#8. You can network to share ideas, experiences and insights with your sister and brother Partners of WHA.

 

#7.  You will learn a lot about state and federal issues and initiatives that impact our hospitals and the healthcare they deliver.

 

#6. Discover who wins “Legislator of the Year” and the hospital Advocacy All Star awards. It could be someone you know!

 

#5.  See and hear the Legislative Leadership Panel share insights and perspectives on ways to support our Partners’ hospitals and the patients they serve.

 

#4.  Hear nationally known and respected keynote speakers whose experience and expertise provide in depth knowledge about successful advocacy.

 

#3.  Make a statement by joining over 1,000 other hospital leaders, healthcare providers and Partners of WHA who will take action to advocate for public policy creation that makes a positive difference for our communities, hospitals and citizens.

 

#2.  Sit down face to face with your legislators and share with them your beliefs and perspectives to make the most effective impact of the day.

 

#1.  Make a Difference! Be a part of the team to help keep Wisconsin’s high-value, high-quality healthcare system one of the best in the country.

ADVOCACY DAY 2015 -  April 28, 2015

 

Advocacy Day 2015 had a great line up of speakers, including opening keynote Tucker Carlson, a nationally-known veteran journalist and political commentator, who shared an insider's view on Washington, DC and a look ahead to the 2016 elections. 

 

The day included the popular legislative panel discussion, a luncheon address by Governor Scott Walker, and an informative briefing on the hot issues of the day (the Legislature was in full swing debating the state budget!).

 

Over 1,100 people from healthcare organizations throughout the state attended the general sessions and 600 people made personal visits to their legislators' offices.  Thank you for your participation!