2019 NPA Conference

Learn how to become a better advocate for your patients and connect with other medical professionals at the 2019 NPA National Conference, being held in partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

Thursday, March 7 – Saturday, March 9, 2019
Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, VA (just outside of DC)


If you are a contributing member to NPA, you’ll get a $149 discount on your conference registration. Not sure if you’re an active member? Click here to log in to your NPA supporter account to check. Need to become a member? NPA membership starts at just $100/year or $10/month. Click here to start, renew, or increase your NPA membership dues.

Conference Program

Thursday, March 7


Advocacy Day: Training



Advocacy Day: Legislative Visits




Heather Booth, Midwest Academy


Friday, March 8


Panel – Doctors and the Ballot: From Mobilizing Voters to Running for Office

  • Val Arkoosh, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
  • Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance
  • Hussain Lalani, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Aaron Shapiro, Citizen Physicians
  • Moderator: Manan Trivedi, National Physicians Alliance




Rishi Manchanda, HealthBegins



Panel – Addressing High Drug Prices at the State and Federal Level

  • Ellen Albritton, Families USA
  • Vinny DeMarco, Maryland Health Care for All!
  • Steve Knievel, Public Citizen
  • Moderator: Reshma Ramachandran, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center



Panel – Current Battles and Opportunities in Federal Health Care Reform

  • Margarida Jorge, Health Care for America Now
  • Claire McAndrew, Families USA
  • Moderator: Jim Duffett, Doctors for America



Panel – Achieving Equitable Care: State and Local Health Reform

  • Elisabeth Benjamin, Community Service Society of NY
  • Robyn Merrill, Maine Equal Justice
  • Denise Smith, University of Connecticut School of Medicine Health Disparities Institute
  • Moderator: Rachel DeGolia, Universal Health Care Action Network


5:00pm – 7:00pm

NPA Happy Hour Reception
Clark Street Grill (just across street from hotel)
2711 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA
Google Maps location

Saturday, March 9


Panel – #ThisIsOurLane: What Providers Should Know about Gun Violence Prevention

  • Nina Agrawal, NY State – American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Joshua Horwitz, Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
  • Bettina Lanyi, Brady Campaign
  • Mallory Williams, Howard University College of Medicine
  • Moderator: Megan Testa, University Hospitals / Case Western Reserve University



Panel – #FamiliesBelongTogether: Detention & Deportation Are Making Us Sick

  • Elodia Caballero, Medicine for Migration
  • Chanelle Diaz, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Mark Kuczewkski, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • Moderator: Lauren Quijano




Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood Federation of America



Panel – All Means All: The Path to Improved Medicare for All

  • Adam Gaffney, Physicians for a National Health Program
  • Stephanie Kang, Representative Pramila Jayapal
  • Sanjeev Sriram, Social Security Works
  • Melinda St. Louis, Public Citizen
  • Moderator: Melissa Stiles, University of Wisconsin



Workshop – Universal Healthcare Advocacy: Values–based Strategic Communications

  • Ean Bett, Grant Family Medicine – OhioHealth
  • Ken Frisof, National Physicians Alliance



Panel – Want to Save Money and Improve Quality? Reduce Low Value Healthcare

  • Alison Huffstetler, Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies
  • Lynn Quincy, Healthcare Value Hub at Altarum
  • Meena Seshamani, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Moderator: Jeff Huebner, National Physicians Alliance