Pediatricians can play a unique role in facilitating policy change, although we are currently underutilized as advocates for children’s health coverage and other issues we face in the office and at home. We know first-hand what it takes to care for vulnerable populations and by educating the public, conducting research, and assisting in the interpretation of medical research – our potential impact on driving policy change is immeasurable.
Do you want to get involved in advocacy, but “Where do I start” seems to stop you in your place?
Here’s where you can start!
Advocacy doesn't just happen in Sacramento. We all have a role to play, and AAP California – Chapter 2 is dedicated to providing our members access to training and information that will help you become a successful advocate, through:
- State Government Affairs (SGA) Committee -- Lead jointly by Shannon Udovic, MD, FAAP (Chapter 1) and Bill Mason, MD, FAAP (Chapter 2) and managed by AAP-CA CEO, Kris Calvin, the SGA Committee works tirelessly to give pediatricians and the children we serve a voice on the issues that matter most.
- Los Angeles Health Provider Alliance for Children (LA-HPAC) -- Co-lead by two AAP-CA2 members, Susan Wu, MD, FAAP and Mona Patel, MD, FAAP, LA-HPAC provides the tools, training and support system necessary to help healthcare providers become champions for children’s health issues.