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



The first few years of life are the “big bang” for development — 100 billion neurons being connected by synapses at a rate of seven hundred per second. And when a child lacks an engaging, loving environment, “toxic” experiences actually have the power to rewire her brain, with consequences that can last a lifetime. What does this mean for your pediatric practice?

Join clinicians, educators, researchers, public health professionals at our statewide Open Forum to explore the science, its implementation and how children can fare better in Wisconsin. Aspirational, practical – this event is open to all who recognize the value of investing in our youngest citizens.

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

Wednesday, October 2nd, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Screening and panel discussion around the compelling film “No Small Matter,” which explores children’s brains in early childhood and how to push their needs to the top of our social agenda. Open to Forum registrants and the community at large.


Thursday, October 3nd, 8:30am – 5:00pm

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Governor Tony Evers will open the day’s program on Thursday, October 3rd, outlining his vision for how babies and toddlers can thrive in Wisconsin, followed by group and breakout sessions on an array of topics:

  • Addressing vaccine hesitancy
  • Developmental screening and surveillance
  • Early literacy
  • Home visiting programs
  • Infant and early childhood mental and behavioral health

Note: We look forward to welcoming the Governor and understand the demands of his position may require scheduling changes on the day of the event.

Who should attend:

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

Contact us for more information on presenting, exhibiting and supporting the conference.

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 on February 25, 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!

Discover all the benefits our member clinicians see from being a part of the Wisconsin chapter