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Tracking the Hill's briefings, luncheons, receptions, and more.
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May
22
12:00 PM12:00

Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Iran

The event will highlight the persecution of Christians and Religious minorities in Iran who endure a host of human rights violations on a daily basis. The event will host Members of Congress, Policy Experts and NGO leaders who will inform the full scope and context of this reality and examine ways to move the issue forward through effective foreign policy measures and other multilateral policy mechanisms. The discussion will tackle various aspects surrounding the human rights and religious freedom violations in Iran from the regional geopolitical landscape to the role of the international community in pressuring domestic political change in Iran.

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May
23
8:00 AM08:00

How Fuel Cells Could Impact Vehicles, Buildings, and Utilities

At the event, CMU researchers will provide a detailed assessment of the current and expected future costs and performance of automotive proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) and stationary solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Fuel cells can generate efficient, clean, and quiet power for transportation, distributed generation, and utility applications. We seek to answer the question: What are the challenges and opportunities facing fuel cells, and what are the strategies for achieving wider adoption?

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May
28
10:00 AM10:00

Space Advocates: Applied Physics Laboratory Briefing

Please join us for the next meeting of Space Advocates on Tuesday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m. for an overview of the work done at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory. There will be coffee and donuts, and the briefing will be followed by a question and answer session. RSVP

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May
17
12:00 PM12:00

AHRQ at 20: The Past, Present, and Future of Better Care at Better Value

For 20 years, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has served as the nation’s R&D enterprise for improving health by improving the health system. A critical part of our federal research enterprise, AHRQ doesn’t typically attract great attention to itself; it’s a quiet workhorse that saves money and saves lives. So join us at this briefing to learn more about the Agency’s mission and the ways it’s preparing for the future in the midst of rapidly changing health care ecosystem - from addressing diagnostic errors to seeing information in health information technology, and from training the next generation of health researchers to working with health system leaders to ensure work gets used to improve health quality in systems. Click here to RSVP

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May
17
12:00 PM12:00

The Essential Role of Diagnostics in Outbreak Detection and Response

AdvaMedDx, the American Society for Microbiology, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America Invite you to a congressional briefing on how health care stakeholders and political decisionmakers can collaboratively advance the essential role of diagnostics in pandemic preparedness in the United States and around the world. Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 14 to cpaul@advamed.org

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May
16
10:30 AM10:30

Transportation’s Hometown Impact: Rebuilding with Local Government in the 116th Congress

  • 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

During Infrastructure Week 2019, the National League of Cities (NLC) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) will host a Capitol Hill briefing to hear from both Congressional leaders and local officials about critical transportation programs and reforms that will make an impact in hometowns across the United States.

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May
16
8:00 AM08:00

Workers and the Innovation Age

  • 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Third Floor Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What, then, is the future of the American workforce? Do we have the infrastructure in place to meet the needs of the jobs that are being created? What role can employers play in this process and how can they alleviate workers’ anxieties surrounding healthcare and retirement savings? What policy initiatives should leaders in the administration and Congress focus on in order to support the workers of today, while preparing the workforce for tomorrow? The Hill will gather key policymakers, labor officials, employers and employees for high-level conversations examining how we as a nation can anticipate and meet the demands of a technology-driven economy.

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May
15
1:00 PM13:00

Briefing on Diabetes Self-Management Training Policy

This lunch panel discussion will highlight the growing and costly health problems associated with diabetes, and the increasing importance of self-management, such as physical activity, diet, monitoring blood glucose levels and the appropriate use of medication. Diabetes self-management training (DSMT) is a critical part of improving self-care behavior and increasing the knowledge necessary to help reduce risks for diabetes complications.  Federal policy to encourage more widespread use of DSMT for Medicare beneficiaries with newly diagnosed diabetes will be part of the discussion. RSVP contact cdewitt@potomacstrategic.com

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May
15
12:30 PM12:30

Improving US-Indonesia Relations Through Soft Power Luncheon

On May 15, 2019, USAI will be hosting a roundtable luncheon and discussion about education and human capital systems with Indonesian business and education leader Tanri Abeng. The event will be held in H-137 in the Capitol Building from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM. Day-of, RSVP’d guests should enter through the South Door of the Capitol. RSVP

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May
15
9:00 AM09:00

Increasing Access to Care in Rural and Underserved Communities: Barriers in PA Education

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At a time of looming workforce shortages, barriers such as limited clinical training site availability are presenting daunting challenges to PA educators seeking to meet national workforce demand. During this educational briefing, a panel of experts in PA education will discuss the utilization of PAs in rural and underserved areas, the impact of the clinical training site shortage on PA program capacity, and innovative policy solutions to expand PA training opportunities. RSVP

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May
14
12:00 PM12:00

Helping Struggling Borrowers and Fixing the Federal Student Loan System

Student loan debt—which now tops $1.5 trillion and is held by nearly 1 in 5 American adults—is making headlines as leaders ranging from presidential candidates to the head of JP Morgan Chase comment on the need for not just attention but solutions. With reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on the horizon, now is the time to consider strategies to help those currently struggling with debt and achieve more equitable outcomes for future students. Join the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program and the Bipartisan Policy Center as we explore solutions that could better-support existing borrowers, as well as reforms to improve the system moving forward. Register for Event

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May
14
12:00 PM12:00

Congress and the Judiciary: What the House and Senate Can Do to Fix the Courts

Where does Congress hold power to initiate court reform? Are term limits the answer to court politicization? Is court packing a viable modernization route? Join the American Institutions Network and the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group for a lunch discussion over which our distinguished panel of scholars will wrestle with these questions and discuss steps Congress can take to ensure the health of America’s judiciary.

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May
14
12:00 PM12:00

Second Place America? Increasing Challenges to U.S. Scientific Leadership

This briefing will provide highlights from a report released by the Task Force on American Innovation, Second Place America? Increasing Challenges to U.S. Scientific Leadership. This report benchmarks the U.S. against other nations in R&D investment, knowledge production, education, workforce, and high-tech sectors of the economy. These benchmarks illustrate that while the U.S. continues to lead the world, other countries are on track to catch up and soon surpass the United States. Please RSVP by Friday, May 10

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May
13
2:30 PM14:30

Greening Industry: The Forgotten Climate Wedge

The industrial sector accounts for 30 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and includes some of the hardest sectors to decarbonize, such as cement, steel, and petrochemicals. However, federal programs aimed at reducing industrial sector emissions form a disproportionately small part of the clean energy R&D portfolio. Join us for an informal discussion of the innovation opportunities and the federal role to advance clean industry in the United States, with a focus on issues currently before the 116th Congress.

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May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Decommissioning: A New Era in the U.S. Nuclear Power Industry; a Critical Need for Congressional Oversight

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on the new era of the U.S. nuclear power industry as its electricity generation winds down and decommissioning of nuclear power plants ramps up. Decommissioning is the process of dismantling a closed plant, securing or removing its radioactive waste, and lowering a site’s residual radioactivity. Getting it right is critical to communities’ health and safety. Getting it wrong could pose existential threats. Please RSVP

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May
13
12:00 PM12:00

Free Trade: Removing Barriers to Stronger Communities, Jobs, and Growth

Trade is a critical part of America’s economy. It creates jobs, fosters innovation, reduces prices for consumer goods and helps grow businesses. Put simply, trade is good for America. It drives our country. Barriers to trade, on the other hand, make Americans worse off. So, what can we do to reduce barriers to trade? Americans for Prosperity invites you to a lunch briefing to discuss these trade, tariffs, and their impact on businesses and consumers. RSVP

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May
10
3:00 PM15:00

Global Health Security Fair

The interactive Global Health Security Fair will provide the opportunity to learn how U.S. investments have strengthened global abilities to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats before they reach American shores. Come interact with experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Agency for International Development, doctors who’ve been on the frontlines of outbreaks and industry partners. RSVP

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May
10
12:00 PM12:00

The May 10 Amendments: How the 2007 Bipartisan Deal Informs Today’s NAFTA 2.0 Debate

In May 10, 2007, House Democrats worked with a Republican president and successfully reached a bipartisan agreement on trade. The trade deal resolved concerns around patient access to more affordable medicines and incorporated changes to the labor and environment provisions. Please join the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) on the 12th anniversary of this important, bipartisan agreement to learn directly from panelists who took part in the original agreement and other stakeholders on how NAFTA 2.0 (USMCA) raises serious concerns about patient access to affordable medicines and how the May 2007 Agreement could serve as a model for future congressional action. RSVP to Kristin Murphy

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May
10
12:00 PM12:00

The Intersection of Food and Health

A discussion about breaking down the silos between the health and agriculture communities. How can those communities work together to support practices that benefit public health, the health of rural communities, and farmers? Confirmed speakers include: Dr. Robert Graham; Congresswoman Chellie Pingree; Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank), Frank Sesno (GWU/PlanetForward), and more to be announced soon! RSVP

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May
10
10:00 AM10:00

Westernization in the Post-Soviet Region

  • Congressional Room South, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

‘The Westernization Report’, issued by the Washington D.C.-based StrategEast think-tank, describes the most important political and economic events that occurred in 14 post-Soviet countries (excluding Russia) in 2018. Such events include a peaceful revolution in Armenia; the transition of Kazakhstan to the Latin alphabet; blockchain innovations in Lithuania, and a major tax reform in Uzbekistan. The Report also addresses the shared challenges these countries face in the process of (re-)building their states and institutions since 1991, and provides an indication of which are continuing a transition to ‘Westernization’ and which are adopting alternative ideas. REGISTER

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May
9
3:30 PM15:30

Better Treatment for Cancer Patients

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) launched a cancer survivorship survey to understand the needs and experiences surrounding cancer survivorship across a range of cancer patients. The results confirmed what we have been hearing from patients for years: there are major gaps in cancer care when it comes to addressing the physical and emotional side effects of cancer treatment including transitioning to post-treatment care and financial toxicity. In this roundtable discussion, NCCS will provide an overview of the survey results, what gaps were identified, and where we can go from here.

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May
9
3:00 PM15:00

Growing Manufacturing Communities and the Defense Industrial Base

How can we best rebuild American manufacturing? One place to start is the Defense Manufacturing Communities Support Program, a dynamic new model aimed at mobilizing communities to address the urgent manufacturing needs key to our national security. The briefing will explore how this model has spurred lasting public-private and collaboration in manufacturing communities, and is set to expand into new communities and serve as a cornerstone for federal manufacturing policy. RSVP

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May
9
2:00 PM14:00

Power and Politics: Implications of Ukraine’s Presidential Elections

At this Helsinki Commission briefing, panelists will explore the state of institutional resilience and political context for the election of Volodymyr Zelenskiy as Ukraine’s next president on April 21, 2019. This briefing will explore implications for transatlantic engagement and opportunities for reforms on issues related to the rule of law, media freedom, and corruption.

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May
9
2:00 PM14:00

Reaching Her Potential: The Important Role That Sports and Coaches Play in Developing Young Women

Ahead of the 7th annual Congressional Soccer Match and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Congressional Soccer Caucus and the U.S. Soccer Foundation invite you to attend a briefing that explores the ways in which sports can be incorporated into enrichment and programmatic funding to create lasting impact on the lives of young women. Hear from Members of Congress, coaches, athletes, and professionals in the sports-based youth development field as they discuss how youth sports create access to mentorship, health and wellness opportunities, and leadership training that help young women succeed in sport and beyond. Please RSVP here.

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May
9
2:00 PM14:00

The Sanitary and Wastewater Crisis in Rural Communities Across the US

Researchers from Columbia University will share findings from their recent report on the human rights impacts of lack of access to wastewater and sanitation and policy recommendations to address this problem.  Panelists from rural communities will also be discussing their experiences with lack of access to adequate wastewater and sanitation and how it impacts their community. Please RSVP here.

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May
9
9:30 AM09:30

Near-Term Policy Opportunities for Carbon Removal with Direct Air Capture

Join us for a first look at the Rhodium Group report, a presentation from lead author John Larsen, and a discussion on the policy opportunities and barriers to direct air capture technology advancement with leading experts, businesses, and policymakers to learn how direct air capture can build a cleaner and more efficient economy, bolster our technology leadership, and reduce carbon pollution. REGISTER NOW

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May
9
9:30 AM09:30

Briefing on Protecting Vulnerable Girls and Young Women

Pace Center for Girls is a nationally-recognized organization that provides more than 3,000 girls annually with an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy. Their research-based prevention model has a proven record in their 21 centers in Florida, where they offer cutting edge education and wraparound services for girls and young women deemed at risk of trafficking or entering the juvenile justice system. Please join us to discuss the role of comprehensive services in supporting and protecting vulnerable girls and young women, Pace’s recent expansion into Georgia, and lessons for prevention and intervention strategies nationwide. RSVP here

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May
9
8:45 AM08:45

Effective Communication for All: The Roles of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

Please join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for a breakfast briefing on Thursday, May 9 for an introduction to the audiology and speech-language pathology professions.  Learn about the importance of patient access to these services from a panel of audiology and speech-language pathology practitioners, patients, and researchers, and hear the personal stories of people who rely on this specialty care. RSVP at briefing@asha.org.

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May
8
6:30 PM18:30

The U.S. Immigration Policy, Human-Trafficking, Trauma, and Refugees Crisis

With partisanship storming important policy-making issues, challenges undermining the productivity of international aid, and the increasing need to raise awareness around the mental health issues surrendering trauma, these Roundtables will convene government leadership, the private sector, nonprofits, and academia to explore the practical benefit of policy-making based on human security approach. Tickets are free but you need to reserve your seat in advance.

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