Public Policy and Advocacy Committee
Public Policy Committee
Paul Chung, MD, MS (2014)
10833 LeConte Ave, 12-436 MDCC
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 794-3571
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.
Public Policy Update
Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry: Tenth Annual Report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to Congress 2-25-13
Legislative Report 02_8_12
Advocacy Action Alert
Public Policy Council, Washington Update, January 6, 2012
FY12 Appropriations Chart
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