State Society Advocacy Conference

September 9-10, 2022
Rosemont, Illinois

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Our annual State Society Advocacy Conference brings together like-minded rheumatologists and advocates to network within our community, strategize about state advocacy, and learn from nationally-recognized experts. We hope you'll join us in September for this year's event! 

Travel stipends are provided to our state society members, as a benefit of membership with CSRO - if you would like to represent your state society at the conference, email us for more information.

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Interested in becoming a state society member or corporate partner of CSRO, contact us to learn more. 


Registration is complimentary and includes:

  • Entrance to the conference and all associated sessions, breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks on Saturday, September 10
  • Welcome reception and dinner on Friday, September 9 at Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse
    • Transportation is provided between the Conference venue and the Welcome dinner location


This year's program will feature a variety of sessions that focus on current issues at both the state and federal level impacting rheumatology patients and practices, including a panel of state legislators and a keynote presentation from Damon Tweedy, MD.

Dr. Tweedy (bio) is a renowned physician, speaker, and author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflection on Race and Medicine. His keynote presentation will reflect on the small percentage of black physicians in the US and examine the implications for both doctors and patients, providing a unique perspective on health disparities throughout America.

Other session topics include:

  • Setting the Stage: A Review of the Current State & Federal Advocacy Landscape
  • Emerging Trends in Payor Policies – A Look into Specialty Pharmacy Mandates & What is Being Done to Support the Rheumatology Community
  • Patient Access Champions – A State Legislators Guide to Passing Utilization Management Legislation
  • Advocacy with a Little “a” – Best Practices for Successful State Society Advocacy Programs


The Westin O’Hare
6100 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

CSRO has negotiated a discounted rate of $159.00 (plus tax) at The Westin O’Hare.


O'Hare International Airport is approximately 3 miles from The Westin O’Hare. To view the hotel’s travel and transportation information, click here.


Email our Administrative & Meetings Manager Carly or call 414.231.8204 with questions or accommodation requests.

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Exhibit opportunities for this event are for CSRO's corporate partners only.
Email Executive Director Ann Marie Moss for details.