Frequently Asked Questions about the AANP 2017 DC FLI
What is the DC FLI and why is it important?
The AANP DC FLI is shorthand for DC Federal Legislative Initiative. It also references the term “fly-in,” which is an event where an association’s members come to Washington, DC to visit with their elected representatives and discuss issues and goals that are important to the profession.
The DC FLI is important because it connects licensed Naturopathic Doctors and naturopathic medical students with their Members of Congress and staff aides. The DC FLI gives AANP the opportunity to emphasize what we believe will influence health care policy for the better.
Who can attend the DC FLI?
Any licensed Naturopathic Doctor, as well as any student currently enrolled in an accredited naturopathic medical school, is welcome to attend. Office staff who work alongside NDs and other interested parties may also attend as non-member guests.
When and where is the DC FLI?
The AANP 2017 DC FLI takes place Saturday, April 29 through Monday, May 1. Sessions for the DC FLI take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Arlington, VA on Saturday and Sunday. The last day of the DC FLI, Monday May 1, will take place on Capitol Hill. The hotel is just a half-mile from Reagan National Airport and offers a free shuttle to pick up passengers from 5:00 am until Midnight, every 20 minutes.
Other DC Metro Area airports include Dulles International Airport and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). Dulles is 45-75 minutes away by taxi or Uber, depending on traffic, whereas BWI is between 60-90 minutes away, depending on traffic. Public transit is also available from these airports. Metro trains operate from Dulles; a transfer from the Silver Line to the Blue Line is required at the Rosslyn station. Marc trains run from BWI to Union Station in Washington DC, at which point you may take a taxi or Uber to the hotel, or take the Metro, which will require transferring from the Red Line to the Blue or Yellow Line at the L’Enfant Plaza station.
Can I attend the Chronic Pain Seminar, too?
The DC FLI begins at 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 29 and is preceded by our Natural Approaches to Chronic Pain: Effective Alternatives to Opioids seminar, which takes place 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the same hotel. You are encouraged to attend both programs at no additional cost; separate registrations are not required.
What is the registration deadline?
The deadline to register for the DC FLI is Friday, April 14. It is essential that you register on time so that the AANP is able to arrange your visits to Capitol Hill. Be advised we cannot guarantee Capitol Hill visits after the deadline.
What additional costs can I expect?
Beyond the registration fee (applicable to all non-student members), you will be responsible for
your transportation to the Washington, DC area and for overnight accommodations. Please note, the AANP offers a discounted room rate of $154 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The deadline to reserve your hotel room at the discounted rate is April 6. Click here to reserve your room.
When will the State Alliance meeting take place?
Each DC FLI features an in-person meeting of the AANP State Association leaders, known collectively as the State Alliance. This year’s State Alliance meeting will begin Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 pm and continue through Noon on Sunday. We plan to celebrate the licensure success of Massachusetts and consider the valuable lessons learned. Additionally, we will survey current legislative initiatives underway across the country, and discuss four major topics of importance to state associations: organization fundamentals; recipes for fundraising success; involving students in advocacy; and overcoming common objections to ND licensure. The State Alliance meeting is open to all AANP DC FLI registrant.
Is continuing education credit available?
Through a joint providership with the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, the Chronic Pain Seminar is designated for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CE credits. Licensed Naturopathic Doctors can earn up to 5.0 ND continuing education credits.
Whom will I meet with on Capitol Hill?
The AANP will arrange meetings for you with House and Senate staff and, schedule permitting, Representatives and Senators themselves. We set up these meetings based on your residence (or former residence) in a particular state or congressional district. In some cases, we also match you to Members of Congress based on where you plan to practice (if you are a student or ND who intends to move).
Why do you need my address and cell number?
We ask for street addresses when you register for the DC FLI in order to match you up accurately with the congressional districts where you currently reside, your permanent residence, where you used to live, or where you plan to live. Congressional schedulers typically ask for this information.
We ask for your cell phone number so participants scheduled for the same Capitol Hill meetings can reach one another if they are running late or otherwise want to get in touch.
How will I know what to discuss in the meetings?
On Sunday, April 30, the AANP will review in detail the legislative issues and “asks” we plan to make. You will have the opportunity to practice your elevator speech (e.g., the 30-second introduction of who you are and why you’re visiting the congressional office) and your presentation of the issues with peers and colleagues. These workshops last several hours on Sunday afternoon, so you’ll have time to get comfortable with the material. We try to seat participants by state and team less experienced attendees with DC FLI veterans who are practiced at making their Capitol Hill pitch.
You will receive materials by email prior to your arrival, and an official packet upon your arrival. In order to guide you while you’re on the Hill, the AANP will also provide you with an app that includes a map of House and Senate office buildings, biographical sketches of Members of Congress, talking points and, most important, your individual itinerary of meetings.
What happens at the end of the DC FLI and what is the Whole Health Reception?
The final day of the DC FLI (Monday, May 1) is capped with the AANP Whole Health Reception from 5:00-7:00 pm on the House of Representatives side of Capitol Hill. This event is a “show and tell” of naturopathic medicine. Volunteer NDs and students acquaint Members of Congress and their staff with natural approach to topics such as chronic pain, diabetes, allergies and asthma, stress management, cancer prevention, and women’s health. The Whole Health Reception is renowned on the Hill because of the tasty and nutritious food offered and the valuable insights provided. It also serves as an opportunity for you to share the high points of your congressional visits with colleagues, peers, and AANP staff.
The end of the Reception concludes the DC FLI. At that point, you will need to arrange your own transportation to one of the area airports, or back to the hotel if you are staying over.
Can I leave the DC FLI early?
While you are free to attend only one or two of the days of the event, we highly recommend that you participate in all three days, including the Congressional visits on Monday, May 1. If you cannot participate on Monday – or if you’ll need to leave before 5:00 pm that day – please let us know so that we don’t schedule you for meetings you will not be able to attend.
What should I wear?
For Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, plan on business casual. For Monday, May 1, business attire is mandatory. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be doing a lot of walking across Capitol Hill.
What if I have further questions?
If you have questions about registering, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about event logistics, email email@example.com. For program questions or for more information on our legislative asks, email firstname.lastname@example.org.