Public Policy and Advocacy Committee
Public Policy and Advocacy Committee
Shale Wong, MD, MSPH (2017)
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (720) 777-2798
Rx to Vote
Voting season is officially here. Early voting will begin in just a few weeks and we want to be sure that everyone has the opportunity and information to make an informed vote. To encourage your patients and families to vote, the APA created Rx to Vote. This prescription provides clear information about where to register and how to cast a ballot on or before November 8, 2016. Please download and share Rx to Vote, in English and Spanish, in your clinics and hospitals**. We can all advocate for children by ensuring that parents vote.
**Note, many hospitals and clinics request or require that an internal government affairs or marketing team be alerted to political messaging. Please be aware of rules in your institution before distributing this non-partisan message.
Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC)
The APA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC) consists of dozens of APA members from across the nation who collectively advocate for child health policy issues at the federal and state levels. Through the enthusiastic work of PPAC members (and in partnership with the Public Policy Council, a consortium of pediatric organizations), the APA reviews, signs onto, and occasionally writes major child health policy letters that reach key members of the House, Senate, and Department of Health and Human Services. At critical moments, PPAC coordinates APA-wide action alerts urging individuals to contact their legislators. PPAC also helps the APA Board and other APA groups with the creation and review of both publicly disseminated policy statements and internal APA policies. Finally, PPAC sponsors a prestigious Public Policy and Advocacy Award to honor those who have truly transformed the child health policy and advocacy landscape in the United States. Membership in the committee is open to all APA members! Please contact Paul Chung (PPAC Chair) to be added onto the mailing list.
Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Stand Your Ground Laws
The Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights held a rescheduled hearing on Oct. 29 concerning "Stand Your Ground" laws following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who used such a law in Florida in his defense in the killing of teen Trayvon Martin. Evidence suggests that the laws increase the risk of harm to children by incentivizing the impulsive use of lethal force in public areas, and the fact that all 50 states have some form of concealed carry law only exacerbates these risks.
The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) drafted written testimony for the hearing and the Pediatric Policy Council (PPC), the American Pediatric Society (APS), and the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) endorsed the statement urging repeal of "Stand Your Ground" laws in 26 states due to documented disproportionate effects on youth and minorities.
Testimony included statements supporting repeal of the laws by Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), with Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) testifying in support of "Stand Your Ground" laws. The second panel included a mix of political and legal scholars as well as Sybrina Fulton and Lucia McBath, the mothers of victims Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. Panelists in support of the "Stand Your Ground" laws cited their importance in allowing individuals to defend themselves in potentially deadly situations while those testifying in opposition indicated the laws contradict an individual's fundamental duty to retreat from dangerous situations.
It's that time again-the peak of election season when political fervor is visible from debates to yard signs and op-eds to attack ads. Our opinions and beliefs are our own to express, publicly or privately, but they will be measured by a single definitive action-our vote. The APA takes seriously the necessity to advocate for children and child health. With that, we support you to take advantage of your civic responsibility to vote and also encourage your patients to vote and be engaged in the health of their communities.
Now on the website, Rx to Vote materials are once again available for your clinic and for sharing with your patients. You will find Rx's in English and Spanish, as well as Rx's for teens/young adults. There are ballots for children, and we!ve also made available links to posters for your practice and templates for "I voted for KIDS today!" stickers produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Every vote makes a difference! We hope you will offer these materials in your clinical setting and encourage patients, colleagues, friends and families to get out and vote.
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