RDLA Announces Rebrand of In-District Lobby Days to Rare Across America

Rebrand reflects program’s evolution and commitment to the patient voice

The Rare Disease Legislative Advocates (RDLA), a program of the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, today announced the rebranding of its In-District Lobby Days program, which will now be called Rare Across America. The rebrand reflects the program’s evolution and reinforces the RDLA’s commitment to providing resources and opportunities for rare disease advocates, thereby impacting public policy. In addition, the refresh better positions the program as an extension of Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill, an annual legislative advocacy event attracting more than 800 advocates to the nation’s capital.

“Changing public policy is a year-round commitment. We must keep the momentum going,” says Julia Jenkins, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases Executive Director. “Rare Across America is a great way to connect patients and their care givers to Members of Congress in their home districts, where they can build powerful relationships.”

In addition to a new name and logo, the program has adopted a new tagline, “Every voice, in every district, matters,” underscoring the power of patient engagement.

Under the Rare Across America program, RDLA staff organizes meetings for rare disease advocates with their Members of Congress and/or the Member’s staff. The meetings take place in the Member’s district office during the month of August, while Congress is in recess from July 29th to September 8th, 2019. The RDLA team also helps to prepare advocates for their meetings, providing legislative resource materials and hosting pre-meeting training webinars. No prior advocacy experience is necessary.

Advocates interested in participating should register between May 8th and July 3rd at www.RareAcrossAmerica.org.

The first training webinar for registered advocates, entitled “What to Expect at Your Meetings,” will be hosted on July 25th.

About Rare Disease Legislative Advocates
The Rare Disease Legislative Advocates (RDLA) is a program of the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases designed to support the advocacy of all rare disease patients and organizations. The RDLA is committed to growing the patient advocacy community and working collaboratively, thereby amplifying the patient voice to be heard by local, state and federal policy makers.