Your voice matters! Join patients, families, and providers like you in our nation’s Capitol to educate our members of Congress about congenital heart disease! 

As Conquering CHD continues to grow, so do our policy efforts. Please join us March 2-3, 2020 as we direct our messaging toward our expanded priorities.


According to past attendees, here’s why you should come:

  • Share your story. It matters.
  • Make a Big Impact. Discover your role in shaping national policy.
  • Learn. Hear from the experts in policy and in the issues that face the CHD community.
  • Connect. Meet other heart families and heart patients – relationships that will last a lifetime!
  • Be Inspired. Meet those who make the laws and those who advocate for them.
Together, we are #ConqueringCHD in Washington D.C.!



Click here for the most recent version of the agenda, updated regularly as speakers are confirmed.

Here’s a brief agenda overview to facilitate travel plans:

Monday, March 2, 2020

7:30 am: Registration, Breakfast, Meet, and Greet.

8:30 am – 5:30 pm: Conference Sessions – Learn, Laugh, Connect

5:30 pm: Reception

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

7:00 am: Breakfast

8:00 am:  Hill Day Kick-off

9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Visit legislative offices


Youth Program

While you are learning about the policies we are working on and listening to the speakers, your children can participate in a youth program that will give them insight into who the people are that they are going to talk to, where they come from and how easy it is to talk to them. They will also be able to make a unique leave behind for their lawmakers.

Travel and Accommodations

Your registration does not include travel accommodations. We encourage you to book your travel and make hotel reservations early as options are limited.

InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf
801 Wharf Street SW Washington, District of Columbia, 20024

Reserve Early – room blocks are limited!

The InterContinentalWe have arranged a special group rate of $349 for Advocacy Conference Attendees.

The Group Code is:  CCHD Advocacy Conference

Each individual guest must make their own hotel reservations by:

  1. Booking online HERE (Group code is ZX5)
  2. Call the hotel directly at 1-833-249-1029 by 1/29/2020. Guests must identify themselves as members of the CCHD Advocacy Conference.

All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

For those who are local or driving in, valet parking is available for a daily rate of $58.00 per night, includes in and out privileges. Rates are subject to change. Over-sized and bus parking is located at Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC).


Located just 3.5  miles east of The InterContinental, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) site is rich in historical significance dating back to colonial days. Offering a variety of  services, amenities and facilities available to all passengers to make your trip pleasurable, comfortable, and efficient. Complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations, a USO Lounge, multiple nursing rooms, and much more.

Through the airport, visitors can experience diverse regional, national and international rotating exhibits, dynamic live performances and new and innovative public art displays that celebrate the stately beauty, spirit and great creativity of the National Capital Region. As part of the performing arts program, the Airports Authority brings musicians, singers, dancers and other artists to Washington’s airports to provide entertainment for passengers to enjoy throughout the year. The Gallery Walk is located in Historic Terminal A between the Historic Lobby and the present-day ticketing lobby. The gallery includes case displays and wall display areas for two and three-dimensional works by artists from all over the local area.

There are ten on-premise auto rental agencies, plus plenty of shuttle bus service that operates 24 hours a day, and taxis available to help you get from the airport to wherever you need to go. The Washington, DC Metrorail system has an elevated Metrorail station connected to the concourse level of Terminals B and C at Reagan National Airport. The Metrorail system provides easy and affordable access to locations throughout Washington, Virginia and Maryland.


Washington, DC is buzzing with energy and excitement. Visit the nation’s capital and enjoy 100 free (and nearly free) things to do, including world-class museumsmonumentsfamily-friendly activities and unique experiences. Beyond iconic buildings and national treasures, the city is filled with renowned restaurants, deep-rooted culture, and music of all kinds. Explore DC’s shopping, diverse neighborhoods and awe-inspiring views you’ll find nowhere else in the world. Visit to plan your trip today!

World famous art, exhibits, and architecture are only minutes away from the hotel. Board the complimentary Southwest Shuttle to the National Mall, where a visit to the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, or any of the many Smithsonian Museums never disappoints. Continue by taking a scenic walk or bus tour around the monument and the many iconic memorials. If it’s water activity you seek, rent a kayak or paddle board at The Wharf’s Recreation Pier, or reserve a boat tour and venture out on the Washington Channel and the historic Potomac River.

The revitalization of DC’s historic Southwest & The Wharf neighborhood has led to one of the city’s hottest destinations for dining, shopping and entertainment – all on the water.

Home to the nation’s longest continually operating open-air fish market, The Wharf has transformed into one of DC’s most exciting waterfront destination. The sustainable entertainment, dining and retail connects the rest of the District to Southwest & The Wharf and features an accessible riverfront, including four different piers, each with their own theme and activities. Make your way down by water, shuttle bus or bike and enjoy public piers and parks, locally grown dining concepts and a show at the city’s newest music venues. The Wharf is conveniently located only four blocks from the National Mall and nearby parking can be reserved with SpotHero.