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 Pediatric Advocacy Day is built around creating better avenues for pediatric professionals to influence policy. This is not only a networking opportunity, but a way to learn more about the legislative process, meet with elected officials, and discuss key issues affecting the health and well-being of children and families.
WIAAP 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 Annual Pediatric Advocacy Day
In February, WIAAP fellows and residents broadened their impact and joined us as we addressed one of our most pressing health issues – vaping and youth. Perhaps no other crisis in recent public health history has hit so suddenly and with such risk to the well- being of our youth, adolescents and young adults.
- In 2019, 27.5% of high school students used e-cigarettes in the past month
- Nearly one million youth reported daily use of e-cigarettes in 2019
- E-cigarettes are the MOST POPULAR tobacco product used by adolescents
- 72% of youth who use e-cigarettes use flavored e-cigarette products
“My takeaways included (1) Advocacy is as simple as picking up the phone and telling your legislator your opinion on a matter, (2) Legislators like talking with physicians and gaining information to make the best choice possible, and (3) Anyone at any level of training can advocate with legislators.”
“This is easier than I thought it would be, and I want to do it again!”
“I was grateful for the opportunity to speak and educate on some of the major risks that adolescents face with e-cigarette use as well as opportunities for legislative action.”
“It is re-energizing to advocate for our patients outside of the clinic walls and alongside dedicated colleagues. It is important to be a trusted source of information for legislators to help avoid common misconceptions about health issues that are affecting our patients.”
Join us each spring at the Capitol
WIAAP’s Pediatric Advocacy Day is the opportunity to reach beyond your practice and 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.
Event hashtag: #WIPeds
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 event is not just for physicians though it is accredited for CME.
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
- Early Childhood
- Healthy Food for All Families
- Immigrant and Refugee Health
- Oral Health
- Quality Improvement in Pediatrics
NEW virtual schedule and date to be announced
Speaking Out of School: The Crosswalk Between Primary Care and Education
Our fall Open Forum, originally scheduled for September 10th, has been postponed. The topics and agenda swiftly changed our course in the midst of COVID-19. Issues surrounding school health are critical and have many moving parts.
We are working with state partners to develop updated policy and plan to host a virtual conference around that work. Stay tuned!