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Advocating for Child Health Issues

Making the voice of pediatricians heard on behalf of children

Program Overview
Many interests compete for the attention of policymakers, especially in difficult economic times. That is why it’s more important than ever for pediatricians to vigorously support children’s wellbeing with legislators and other decision makers. OPS begins this effort in the Advocacy Committee.

This committee is charged to review and recommend OPS policy regarding state and federal legislation; and is authorized to make timely decisions on behalf of the Society based on OPS Advocacy Positions. The committee also participates in the development of proposed legislation and provides direction to legislative liaison staff during sessions of the legislature.

All OPS members have an important role to play in advocating for children, whether it consists of speaking directly with legislative representatives, writing letters, making phone calls, or testifying for a legislative committee.

Recent OPS Activity

OPS Board member Mary Brown, President David Willis, and Vice President Art Jaffe wrote a guest editorial published in “The Oregonian” published July 10, 2010 about the Affordable Care Act and how it was important and necessary legislation that greatly benefits our nation’s children.

Read Health Care Reform—What it Means for Kids, or as it was published on OregonLive.com here.

Federal Advocacy
American Association of Pediatrics members can access AAP’s Federal Affairs web page to get more information about advocacy in their area. The Federal Affairs page allows members to tailor the page to individual legislative districts. Search the AAP website at www.aap.org/advocacy for this information.

The Department of Health and Human Services offers www.healthcare.gov for information about new Affordable Care Act and all of its provisions. It also allows you to Find out which private insurance plans, public programs and community services are available in your state.

Contact
Katharine Zuckerman, MD, FAAP
Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair
katharine.zuckerman@oraap.org