Election 2018: #VoteKids
The national midterm elections are Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and there is a lot at stake for children. Many key child health issues such as access to health care, immigrant child health, and firearm safety are sure to be discussed leading up to the election. Although children do not have a vote, the Academy is working to ensure they have a voice.
AAP’s Get Out the Vote campaign, #VoteKids, encourages pediatricians and others who care for children to vote with kids in mind in November. It is critical that our elected leaders and those running for office hear the message: put kids first. The campaign website, aap.org/votekids, provides information, tools, and resources to help you speak up for children at the ballot box.
Organized Health Advocacy
One of the most crucial ways WIAAP serves children, families and their healthcare providers is through organized health advocacy. We work regularly with state policymakers at the Departments of Health Services for Public Health and Medicaid, the Department of Children & Families, and the Department of Public Instruction. WIAAP also provides support for federal issues brought forth by our national AAP.
In alignment with our chapter’s strategic priorities, WIAAP collaborates with our state’s executive, legislative, and departmental leaders on policies impacting child and family health and the practice of pediatrics.
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A Call for Pediatricians to Offer Expertise and Support
WIAAP gathers resources, contact information, talking points, and key position statements for our members to make involvement accessible and straightforward. From calling state representatives to providing expert opinion, WIAAP seeks to empower all pediatric healthcare professionals to be the best advocate for children, locally and nationally.
We reach out to our members to contact legislators and other policy makers (federal, state or even local) to show support and offer expertise on issues critical to children. We provide position statements and talking points to help make this as simple as possible. It is said that a contact from a constituent represents the opinions of 200. One call from a physician weighs in far more significantly. You are trusted sources of information.
Within the past year, members of WIAAP have provided expert testimony on significant legislation affecting the health and safety of children in Wisconsin. WIAAP members detailed the importance of pre-participation physicals taking place in the primary medical care home and the significance of the statewide immunization registry. We call on our members to actively participate in the legislative process to ensure a high standard of pediatric care across Wisconsin and to protect the health and well being of our state’s children.
This year, in anticipation of the 2019 legislative session, WIAAP will respond to member requests to become more involved with our policy efforts. The WIAAP Legislative committee will bring together interested primary care clinician members to take the chapter’s strategic priorities and formulate a legislative “Blueprint for Children,” outlining issues most pertinent to patients and families.
WIAAP convenes a multi-organizational Pediatric Policy Council that reviews relevant issues at hand in the state, collaborating on advocacy on issues of common interest to strengthen messaging to decision-makers.
WIAAP is a collaborator with the Children’s Caucus in the Wisconsin legislature, focusing attention on issues concerning children and the pediatricians who care for them. Early childhood development and literacy and trauma-informed care are just a few topics under already under discussion.