Want to learn how to become a strong child health advocate? Join us for the 2017 AAP
Legislative Conference April 23-25 in Washington, D.C. In its 26th year, the conference
attracts medical students, residents and pediatricians from across the country who
share a passion for advocacy.
Whether you are new to advocacy or a seasoned expert, this year’s conference will
offer the critical opportunity to influence a new Congress and to build on the groundwork
forged during the AAP Chapter Leaders Fly-In in February.
Conference participants attend skills-building workshops, hear from guest speakers,
learn about policy priorities impacting children and pediatricians, and go to Capitol
Hill to urge Congress to support strong child health policies.
For the second year, the conference will include a pediatric subspecialty advocacy
track that will feature specific workshops, advocacy and educational opportunities
for specialists. The track includes a skills-building workshop on how to frame specialty
expertise to legislators and build relationships with congressional staff; advocacy
on legislative priorities especially relevant to pediatric subspecialists and the
patients they treat; networking opportunities and more.
“Legislators must be educated and taught the urgency we see in the lives of our children
today as well as those who may come to the world tomorrow. This need to advocate for
vulnerable children is a central tenet that sets pediatrics apart from other medical
professions. Full circle, in those three special days, I found that calling that brought
me to pediatrics 30 years ago had now led me to our Capitol to advocate, to lobby
for a cause that was not only a part of me but the greater testament of all my patients,"
said Doug Waite, M.D., FAAP, 2016 Legislative Conference attendee