Key Topics in Pediatrics
WIAAP stays up-to-date on important topics in pediatrics and provides ways to share best practices and resources with our members. Through news articles, pieces written by members, open forums, and communications, WIAAP works to keep all members attuned to changes in pediatric care. Our chapter has over 900 members specializing in all areas of pediatrics with varying levels of experience. Our members work in different areas throughout Wisconsin and are exposed to diverse communities and cultures, making our members one of our most valuable resources. From community practice to academic pediatrics, we believe that leveraging the experience and knowledge of our members, creating channels of communication, and areas for discussion are necessary in creating better pediatric healthcare for all of Wisconsin’s children. WIAAP creates and maintains these channels for the benefit of all.
Educational & Discussion Forums
Pediatric Advocacy Day
WIAAP hosts an annual Pediatric Advocacy Day to promote stronger legislative and policy skills in our members. The event is planned months in advance to make it possible for all members to attend. Our legislative committee and executive director work to understand the legislative process and current issues facing the health and well-being of Wisconsin’s children and aims to provide quality information and action plans to members when key legislation arises. Working as a part of WIAAP, the committee is open to all members looking to get involved.
WIAAP also hosts an annual Open Forum on topics relevant to clinicians and others. The platforms are open to all and provide a rich educational and discussion forum in which members offer their experience, best practices, and knowledge. This meeting of the minds is meant to drive better patient care and have included topics on Immigration and Refugee Health, LGBTQ Concerns in Practice, Oral Health, Social Media and Child Health, Food Security and the First 1,000 (Early Brain and Child Development).
Partnership Driven Opportunities
WIAAP leverages strategic partnerships to collaborate on educational opportunities throughout the year. Multi-chapter partnerships like the Wisconsin and Illinois chapter alliance have built successful and meaningful educational opportunities such as our HPV Vaccine Summits and the collaborative virtual learning initiative for HPV Vaccine awareness. Our partnership with the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health led to a Mental Health Conference in June aimed to help providers and administrators understand Reflective Practice and Supervision, how it can be implemented within their systems, and how it can strengthen their organizations. These partner-driven educational opportunities vary depending on current member interest, key issues facing pediatric healthcare, and funding.