C Diff Advocacy Organization Prepares for its Summit


The Peggy Lillis Foundation will host its summit on Monday and has a number of speakers who will discuss topics related to this healthcare-associated infection (HAI).

The Clostridioides difficile organization, Peggy Lillis Foundation (PLF), is having its 2023 C diff Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day in Washington DC. The summit will be held on Monday, April 24, at the Kellogg Conference Hotel and the Lobby Day will take place the following day.

The annual summit is a gathering of C diff patients/survivors, family members, caregivers, as well as key stakeholders in the industry, academic, and policymaking arenas who gather together to discuss numerous topics around this healthcare-associated infection.

Presentations and panel discussions will include a better understanding of the infection, strategies to increase patient advocacy, and treatments such as investigational microbiome therapeutics and fecal microbiome transplantation.

It has been reported that approximately 500,000 people in the United States are infected annually with C diff. Many of those who are infected have a recurrence and some have several bouts of the HAI, which is not only dangerous to patients, but also deeply affects people’s quality of life.

The lobby day kicks off the next morning on Tuesday, April 25. Advocates will gather at Capitol Hill to lobby for inclusion of the PASTEUR Act in the 2023 reauthorization of Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act, increased surveillance public reporting of C diff infections, and greater awareness among legislators and their staff.

Contagion interviewed PLF’s Cofounder and Executive Director, Christian Lillis, last November during C diff Awareness Month.

Although in-person registration is closed for the summit, if anyone is interested in watching the Livestream of the summit, they can do so by going here.

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