Current Events:

Pediatric Advocacy Day
Open Forum

Opportunities for Networking and Development

Every year, WIAAP develops and implements two large-scale, high-quality events dedicated to creating opportunities and space for professional networking and development. Our annual open forum is an open enrollment activity that brings a diverse group of pediatric professionals from all around Wisconsin together to review key strategic topics affecting the pediatric landscape. Speakers from a variety of specialties present on topics affecting children’s healthcare and attendees are invited to create an open dialogue regarding these topics. Our annual advocacy day is built around creating better avenues for pediatric professionals to get involved in advocacy. This is not only a networking opportunity, but a way for pediatric professionals to learn more about the legislative process, meet with representatives and legislators, and discuss key issues affecting children’s healthcare and well-being.

The WIAAP administration works diligently to ensure these events are planned to make participation as easy as possible. WIAAP aims to provide early registration dates, powerful speakers, and meaningful content to help professionally enrich all who attend.


WIAAP Statewide Open Forum

WIAAP hosts an open forum every year that gathers important stakeholders throughout Wisconsin to evaluate opportunities to advance the quality of care for infants, children, youth, adolescents, and young adults. Members meet with a diverse group of pediatric professionals to network and share ideas. All are welcome, this is not a closed event.

Attendees receive access to all materials from each presentation at the conference to use for self-guided education after the conference closes. These materials are available for attendees only.

Past event topics include:

  • Adolescent Health
  • Healthy Food for All Families
  • Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • Oral Health
  • Quality Improvement in Pediatrics

October 2-3, 2019:
No Small Matter: The Role of Pediatrics in the First 1,000 Days

Check back soon for more information and online registration!

The promotion of early brain and child development (EBCD) is an essential element of pediatric care. Coupled with supporting the development of a positive, nurturing relationship between the parent and child, health professionals must foster a strong foundation for children’s lifelong learning, behavior and health. The basic science is clear: during the first few years of life, safe, stable, and nurturing relationships promote healthy brains by decreasing toxic stress and encouraging foundational mental skills.

How can primary care make the difference in the earliest days of life?

On Wednesday, October 2nd, we’ll host a community screening of the powerful documentary “No Small Matter,” including an expert panel discussion. The following day, Thursday, October 3rd, we’ll highlight the newest clinical recommendations, explore emerging disciplines such as infant and early childhood mental health and hear from WIAAP partners from the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) and the Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners (WECCP). Roundtable breakouts with state partners are also on deck.

Who should attend:

  • Primary care providers
  • Public health representatives
  • Payers
  • Health systems
  • School health
  • Early care and education providers

For more information on presenting, exhibiting and supporting the conference, contact us at

WIAAP Annual Pediatric Advocacy Day

Firearm Safety and Children

This year, we centered around the common goal of firearm safety and how to keep youth and families out of harm’s way. Children deserve to be safe wherever they are. As current and future practicing pediatricians we can help our patients feel safe and cope with such tragedies such as community violence, public shootings and individual attempts at suicide.

Speakers including Mark Grapentine (Wisconsin Medical Society), Attorney General Josh Kaul, Jim Pawelski (American Academy of Pediatrics) and  state Representative Melissa Sargent framed the morning session for attendees in preparation for an afternoon of legislative visits. We advocated together for more comprehensive firearm policies for safer communities, through:

  • Increased public health research funding
  • Universal background checks
  • Improved mental health services
  • Bans on assault weapons with high capacity magazines
  • Safe storage of firearms
  • Physician counseling

We hope to see you at next year’s event!

Join us in 2020!

You’re focused daily on ensuring that care for your patients is as effective as possible and that Wisconsin’s kids are as healthy as possible. WIAAP’s Pediatric Advocacy Day broadens the reach of your expertise beyond your practice and puts it into action to advocate for safer, healthier children in our state.

Join us in Madison to:

  • Learn effective advocacy strategies
  • Hear from legislative champions about issues that affect children
  • Interact directly with policymakers
  • Share your experiences caring for children

We’ll make it as easy as possible – we will schedule meetings with legislators on your behalf, provide breakfast and lunch, and give you talking points and issue briefs to help you prepare for conversations with legislators. This event is open to all, and there is no charge to attend for WIAAP members.

As a physician, your messages count at the Capitol. Put that power to work with us at our next Pediatric Advocacy Day in 2020!

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