Join Families USA for National Grassroots Health Conference

by Reza Corinne Clifton

WASHINGTON, DC – In January 2009, approximately 800 people dropped into Washington, DC to hear about current initiatives in the health reform movement. That was because they were participants in an annual conference organized by Families USA, a national nonprofit organization “dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”

Well Families USA is back at it in the new year with Health Action 2010, “a conference for consumer health advocates.” Scheduled from January 28-30, 2010, the meetings and presentations will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Organizers at Families USA pledge to offer an agenda where attendees will hear the history, current state, and future direction in national health reform efforts as well as “learn more about the legislation, share field strategies with advocates from across the country, and gear up for the year ahead.” Guests they have targeted for this swath of information include Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; NAACP President & CEO, Benjamin Todd Jealous; and Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General. In addition, there is a track dedicated to “minority health issues.”

Below is an excerpt with additional details on the hours, registration, and lodging for the conference. Early registration, and the discounted fees associated with it, ends on Thursday, December 31. For more information, click here.

Health Action 2010 begins with a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, January 27, from 7-10pm. The conference officially opens on Thursday, January 28, at 9am and ends on Saturday, January 30, at 2:30pm.

In addition, there is a Special Early Bird Registration of $395 available until Thursday, December 31. After that, registration is $445. This fee includes three continental breakfasts, 3 lunches, afternoon snacks, music and political satire by The Capitol Steps, a thumb drive chock full of resources—and a great meeting of like-minded people, working for justice and health care for all of us.

The conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. – 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW. There is a special conference rate available until January 2, and those looking to share the cost of a hotel room with a roommate can indicate it during registration or by emailing

For more information, please visit or contact Families USA: 1201 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-628-3030, To see details about last year’s conference, click here.


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