AOA on Capitol Hill 2024

Save the date for AOA on Capitol Hill, the AOA's single-largest annual advocacy event in our nation's capital.

April 14 - 16, 2024
J.W. Marriott
Washington, D.C.

AOA on Capitol Hill is the AOA's single-largest annual advocacy event in Washington, D.C., directly connecting optometry's advocates and leaders with our nation's policy leaders to advance optometric eye health and vision care for the benefit of all Americans. Our annual hill day is a key reason why the AOA is consistently recognized as one of the most effective, respected advocacy organizations in the nation's capital with hundreds of doctors, optometry students and affiliate leaders participating in this 3-day fly-in to deliver optometry's priorities.

AOA on Capitol Hill participation is open to all advocacy-minded AOA member doctors and students with plenary sessions, breakouts and briefings intended to prepare attendees to get involved in the advocacy fight for optometry's future. Additionally, attendees may have the opportunity, in close coordination with their affiliates, to participate in meetings with their members of Congress and staff.

Registration and housing closed on Friday, March 15, for AOA on Capitol Hill.


Housing update—March 11

The discounted room block at the JW Marriott is sold out; however, a limited number of rooms are available at a higher rate at the host hotel. Click here to book these rooms at the JW Marriott.

A limited number of overflow rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington, D.C., Downtown (815 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20005) remain available. These rooms can be booked here.

Student Grant Opportunities & Housing
  • Grant Opportunities
    A limited number of travel grants are available for *eligible optometry students to attend AOA on Capitol Hill, April 14-16, in Washington, D.C. The AOA will offer eligible students up to $425 travel grants (based on receipts), as well as two nights housing, to help offset travel expenses for attending.

    Eligibility: Must have a permanent work/residential address in the United States (not including U.S. territories) to be eligible for a travel grant.*

    Registration is required by Friday, March 15.

  • Student Housing Information
    The AOA will secure two nights of housing on student attendees' behalf for Sunday, April 14, to Tuesday, April 16. During the registration process you will be asked for any roommate requests; the AOA will do its best to accommodate these requests. Please email with any questions.

    Here's what you should know about the student housing process:
    • After completing registration, the AOA will assign rooms based on school and/or state, when possible. 
    • Two nights will be covered, including Sunday, April 14, and Monday, April 15. 
    • There will be up to four students per room. All roommate assignments will be of the same sex. 
    • No additional funding or reimbursement will be provided should you choose to stay offsite. 
    • If you do not need housing, have a question or need an accommodation, please email by March 18. 
    • Room assignments will be distributed March 27-29. If you have not received a roommate assignment email by March 29, please email Confirmations will be sent to the email you used to register. 

Mark your calendars for AOA on Capitol Hill, April 14-16, in Washington, D.C., and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #EyesontheHill24.

Thank you to our 2024 industry supporters

AOA on Capitol Hill 2024 industry supporters