Gloomy as it may seem - there is hope, and pediatricians are leading the way.
During the first two weeks of January, staff and pediatrician leaders at the American Academy of Pediatrics -California, District IX (the state-wide AAP organization - funded in part by your membership dues - comprising Chapter 2 and our fellow Chapters in Northern California (Chapter 1), Orange County (Chapter 4) and San Diego/Imperial County (Chapter 3)), have already logged hundreds of hours reviewing the budget and meeting with state coalitions to develop strategies to help thwart the potential consequences of the proposed budget cuts for 2011. Read more about the AAP-CA's work on Kris Calvin's, CEO, blog. Want to get involved - keep reading!
Where there is a challenge - there is opportunity.
Advocacy doesn't just happen in Sacramento. We all have a role to play, and for pediatricians, this role can mean the difference between a child falling through the cracks and having access to care. Countless organizations in the counties of AAP-CA2 (San Bernardino, Riverside, Kern, Santa Barbara, San Louis Obispo, Los Angeles and Ventura) are working to ensure children are not left behind when budgets are cut - but they need our help.
That's why Children's Hospital Los Angeles and AAP-Chapter 2 have joined together to develop the Healthcare Provider Alliance for Children. This physician-advocacy training program is designed to prepare physicians to get involved in advocacy - in any way possible.
Throughout the Spring, we will be hosting a series of training programs for Chapter members that will focus on media preparation, letter-writing and the basic "ins-and-outs" of talking with legislators.
- March 9th - Legislative Advocacy Training (location TBD)
- March 23rd - Media Training at CHLA
- April 5 - AAP/CMA Legislative Day in Sacramento
Please contact Kelly Clancy at CHLA firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register for these trainings.