Held annually in the spring, the AANP DC FLI is a leadership & advocacy training in Washington, D.C., which culminates in a lobby day on Capitol Hill. It will hone your leadership skills, increase your lobbying effectiveness, and give you the opportunity to advocate for the changing face of health care. This is your time to shine! Your participation is essential to federal recognition of the naturopathic profession in EVERY health-care reform initiative. You'll also benefit from AANP State Alliance sessions, including an exploration of student involvement in achieving state licensure.
Follow your passion while learning the fundamentals of advocacy.
Take part in workshops that will help hone and develop your leadership skills and polish your message.
Network with your tribe and meet new and established NDs from all over the U.S.
Celebrate the successes of the past year and catch up with old friends.
Teach Capitol Hill legislators and staffers about naturopathic medicine at the Whole Health Reception.
The work you do and the things you accomplish when you attend the DC FLI have a huge impact on the future of naturopathic medicine.
Can't Make It? Help Someone Who Can
We encourage all naturopathic physicians and naturopathic medical students to attend DC FLI! However, we understand that not everyone can make it. You can still advance naturopathic medicine by helping a future leader get access to the advocacy training at DC FLI. Your donation will provide a scholarship for a naturopathic medical student or doctor to attend DC FLI and advocate on behalf of the profession.
It’s really important for us to do [the DC FLI]. It takes us outside of our bubble. We get to meet with decision makers who are driving health care policy. We get to see, on a person to person basis, if they are interested in what we have to say, and they are. They asked personal questions about their own health on this visit, and they were very receptive. I didn’t meet anyone who was not interested in hearing what we had to say. Most people remembered me from last year and they remembered what we do. This process takes time; it’s not a quick fix. It’s about building relationships. That’s what it’s all
Maurice Wereness, ND
The DC FLI community has gifted me with unprecedented support, motivation, encouragement, and inspiration to come back home and continue onward in advocacy and change that is well overdue. The program provided tools and helped bridge key contacts from all over the country and that is a priceless gift. The presentations were invigorating, organized, polished, and even entertaining. They were able to capture the big picture as it relates to the future of the profession. More importantly, I am coming home with a tool box, resources, and newfound knowledge to help amplify my advocacy efforts to get the job done. Every ND student should make a point to come at least once in their academic career. The question is not if, but when.
While naturopathic doctors may not be large in numbers in the US, our collective voice is strong and audible in the legislative arena. This is no doubt a result of the training that young and seasoned naturopathic leaders receive at the DC FLI where participants have an opportunity to discover their personal and professional voice and connect it to the greater needs and growth opportunities for the naturopathic profession. DC FLI matters to me because it is the training ground and launch pad for leadership, advancement and expansion of naturopathic medicine.
Emily Telfair, ND
Prior to medical school, I had never lived in a state that regulated naturopathic doctors. These states tend to run rampant with conditions that our medicine and philosophies could be the impetus for change and wellness. With each year of attending DC FLI and hearing the experience and needs of NDs practicing from my home states, I become more and more passionate about licensure throughout all 50 states. It is patient access that inspires me to promote such licensure efforts.