Global Liver Institute

Advanced Advocacy Academy


Advanced Advocacy Academy
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About the Program

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Digital Learning Experience

A3 2019

Thank you for joining us at the 2023 A3 Learning Experience! We look forward to seeing you in 2024! September 13-16, 2024

Advanced Advocacy Academy (A3) is a year-round liver advocacy program for patients, caregivers, and other interested parties featuring training programs and advocacy opportunities, with the hallmark annual 4-day Learning Experience providing comprehensive advocacy preparation each September.

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The 2023 A3: The Learning Experience took place on September 29 through October 2, in Washington D.C. This year, A3 brought together over 50 members of the liver community representing various disease states and roles within the liver community who share a passion for improving liver health. The 4 day learning experience focused on the theme of Cultivating Comfort and Ease for the Liver Health Advocate.

The weekend began with a Night of Heroes evening reception recognizing the many individuals who selflessly take the time to share their lived experiences to activate change and improve liver health for all. The following two days were dedicated to engaging in educational sessions and workshops, designed to equip and prepare advocates for their hill day visits, on the final day. Additionally, participants received a copy of the Liver AdvoKit™—an interactive workbook aligned with A3’s core pillars, designed to complement and enhance the learning experience during workshops.

Watch a recap video of the 2023 #A3Experience below:

Hall of Heroes

During the Night of Heroes evening reception, 10 A3 Graduates were highlighted along with their advocacy story and what being an active part of this community means to them.

Global Excellence in Advocacy Award

A3 Workshop Day Lorrinda Gray Davis Award

Lorrinda Gray-Davis, President, Transplant Recipients International Organization and A3 alum was presented the inaugural Global Excellence in Advocacy Award for her advocacy efforts in the community and the positive changes she has brought about in healthcare and patient support, especially in the transplant community.

Hill Day

On the final day of the #A3experience, A3 graduates had the invaluable opportunity to put their newly acquired skills into action through a hands-on advocacy experience by participating in a Hill Day on Capitol Hill. Advocates were able to meet with almost 60 Congressional offices to share their concerns about the need for early diagnosis of liver cancer through multi-cancer screenings, preventive services such as obesity treatment, clinical lab services to detect and manage liver disease, and policies supporting living donors.

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“My biggest problem was “connections” into organizations that were more like minded with my desires and goals. I now have that thanks to GLI.”

Gary Miller

“The A3 experience is a very personal and intimate experience. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly and I felt at ease while I was there. The ability to tell your story and hear other people tell you about their journey is so inspiring.”


“ In DC, with the A3 individuals, I found a family I didn’t know I had or needed.”


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“The A3 experience is a very personal and intimate experience. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly and I felt at ease while I was there. The ability to tell your story and hear other people tell about their journey is so inspiring.”


Karen Hoyt

“Being in a room full of other people who felt a responsibility to use their experience with liver disease to encourage others was nothing short of amazing.”

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“At A3, we were exposed to experts that I would have otherwise never come across.”

Darnella A


Should Apply?

If you are a liver patient, caregiver, family member, or a clinician searching for an opportunity to become an effective advocate through interactive lessons on how to share your story, understand recent research & development, how to properly use social media for your gain, and more, please apply below!

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A3 Class of 2023

Global Liver Institute is grateful for the leadership and generous contributions of our sponsors whose support makes the Advanced Advocacy Academy possible.