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National MS Society 2016 Public Policy Conference

25 years of impact!


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Thank you for attending the National MS Society’s 2016 Public Policy Conference (PPC)--which recognized 25 years of MS activists’ collective impact as we move toward a world free of MS.

Conference trainings

  • Conference & Capitol Hill 101 Training:
  • PPC Prep Training: 
  • Post PPC Webinar:

MS Activist Mobile App

Download the free mobile app for iPhone and Android to manage your schedule, learn more about your elected officials, view maps and more. Search for "MS Activist" in your iPhone or Android device or download the app at http://ntl.MS/app-activism.

If you have any problems, please contact for help.

Priorities discussed during Capitol Hill visits

During Capitol Hill visits, MS activists urged Congress to support:
  1. MS Research Funding
  2. The Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act
  3. Access to MS Medications

Capitol Hill visit follow-up

Send a Thank You: After your visit, please take a moment to follow up with the offices you met with. Now that the NIH and MS CDMRP funding letters are finalized, it's a great time to thank any of your members of Congress who signed on. Feel free to use this sample "thank you" follow up email. To see if your members signed on to the NIH and MS CDMRP letters, look here: Submit Feedback About Your Meeting(s): Make sure that one person per Capitol Hill visit submits feedback online about how the meeting went. It's important to note any follow-up that's needed and/or any personal connections to MS that you learned about.

Craft your story

Your story is a unique and powerful advocacy tool – perhaps the most powerful tool you possess. Please watch this short video by Brad Fitch of the Congressional Management Foundation and begin your journey through the seven elements of storytelling:

1.       “The Want” – Beginning with the end in mind

2.       “The Opening” – Set the state and establish the stakes

3.       “Paint the Picture” – Details and the senses

4.       “The Struggle” – Describe the challenge(s)

5.       “Discovery” – Provide interesting and impactful facts

6.       “We Can Win!” – Introduce the potential of success and joy

7.       “The Button” – Finish with the request

The following worksheet will also guide you through the storytelling process. Storytelling is a life-long advocacy tool that you can use for in-district visits, in your statehouses, in letter-writing campaigns, and so much more!

Click here to read MS Activist Robert Taylor’s story as an example.