Registration Now Open to Young Adults for One-Day, Multi-State Health Advocacy Summits to Empower Patients with Chronic Illness

SAN FRANCISCO - July 22, 2019. Registration is now open to patients ages 13 to 30 who live with a chronic or rare disease and would like to attend one of the free events in California, Indiana, or Texas. The events are hosted by Health Advocacy Summit (HAS), a non-profit organization which facilitates community events to help educate, empower, and connect patients. 

The 2019 lineup includes:

These events are free to those who wish to attend, but space is limited. 

“This is an opportunity to connect with fellow patients, gain valuable information and resources from health professionals and take part in empowering discussions with influential activists from the chronic illness community,” says Sneha Dave, HAS Executive Director and senior at Indiana University. 

Dave, who has lived with severe ulcerative colitis since the age of six, decided to create an advocacy event in 2017 during her freshman year for students like her, coping with a chronic condition while juggling school, work, and independence. The event was so successful, she decided to start her own organization to help fund events like these across the country.

The organization’s first summit brought together 14 students and six speakers from across the US. For many attendees, this was their first time interacting with fellow patients their own age.

More events are planned for 2020, including one in North Carolina.

For event details and registration please visit When registering, attendees can make accommodation requests, view the event schedule, and read additional information on the venue location and speakers. 

The Health Advocacy Summit team is dedicated to improving the lives of young adult patients through their events, online support networks, and programs. To learn more about HAS please visit


The Health Advocacy Summits are daylong, no-cost events for young adults (between 13 and 30) with chronic and rare diseases. We want to enable our attendees with the support, knowledge, and skills to become strong advocates for themselves and their communities.  Their mission is to connect and empower young adults with chronic and rare diseases through advocacy events and programs. The Health Advocacy Summit is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To donate, visit Securely Giving

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Press Contact:

Sydney Reed

Operations Director, Health Advocacy Summit, Inc.