Advocacy

Advocacy

The Importance of Medicaid in Newborn/ Child Health (Webinar)

Time to Write TECaN Resolutions for the 2020 Annual Leadership Forum

It's time to starting thinking about resolution authorship for ALF 2020!  The Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) is a yearly meeting which brings leaders of the AAP together to discuss proposals, or resolutions, from membership. These proposals suggest areas in pediatrics that deserve more focused attention, whether that be in the form of research, committees, further education, or outreach. TECaN sponsored resolutions have had great success at the past several Annual Leadership Forums. 

The TECaN Executive Council can help at every stage of resolution authorship. We can offer the following ways to assist:

  • Show you where to find past resolutions on your topic to see what has been written before (important for the background section)

  • Provide templates for prior successful resolutions

  • Help edit for content and grammar

  • Connect authors with other leaders within and outside the Neonatal-Perinatal Section for sponsorship

  • Help troubleshoot anticipated critique prior to presentation of your resolution at the ALF

  • Assist in representing your resolution on the floor at the ALF meeting on behalf of TECaN

Resolutions written by neonatologists have addressed use of probiotics, advocating for state regulations regarding vitamin K, caring for infants of incarcerated mothers, preparing families for discharge from the NICU and many more topics. Email tecan@aap.org with your resolution idea and the TECaN Advocacy Chair, Ali Slone MD, will work to support you in your leadership endeavor. 

Advocacy​ Spotlight​

We're delighted to share Ravi D'Cruz's experience at the AAP Legislative Conference with you for this quarter's website spotlight. Ravi is a second year fellow at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Now, more than ever, advocacy on behalf of our patients and communities has become vital to the role of every Pediatrician.  With legislation that could profoundly impact future generations being proposed or revoked, this represents a moment of both challenge and opportunity. The 2018 Legislative Conference was an incredible chance to learn practical, non-obvious, and specific skills needed to effectively advocate for legislation that affects children.

Appropriately, the theme of the conference was gun violence and safety. Lectures and break-out sessions focusing on multiple aspects of advocacy: how to be an effective champion for children, how to concisely describe a problem and propose a solution to a legislator, and the background/specifics of the American Academy of Pediatrics' stance on a particular issue.  The subspecialty track highlighted specific concerns relevant to the Neonatologist. 

I learned the impact a physician can have on any particular issue.  As physicians, we have the unique ability to describe patient experiences; anecdotes such as these can make any issue relatable and understandable for politicians. 

The culmination of the session was roughly 400 Pediatricians "storming the hill" to advocate for legislation to protect children from gun violence.  I was one of two Rhode Island physicians to meet with state representatives from the Senate and House, speaking directly about the issue from the perspective of a Pediatrician and AAP.

The conference was an invaluable experience in my training and gave me the skills and confidence to incorporate advocacy as a pillar of my early career.   I was so fortunate to attend through the support of TECaN; I would strongly urge any interested fellow to apply.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Advocacy Campaign​

TECaN made its debut in advocacy at the 2019 National Conference and Exhibition with the launch of the year long national advocacy campaign, #NavigatingNAS! In the setting of the current opioid/substance use epidemic, TECaN is contributing to national efforts to educate providers and families to advance neonatal practice in these challenging situations. The #NavigatingNAS Campaign features four quarters, each devoted to a different aspect of NAS (neonatal abstinence syndrome). Each quarter provides educational materials for clinical practice and resources for families in addition to webinars, infographics, articles of interest and social media outreach. We are excited to partner with multiple organizations for this campaign including AAP Federal Affairs, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), March of Dimes, and many others.

Quarter 1, 'Understanding the Opioid Epidemic', provides an overview of key historical and legislative events related to NAS. A timeline overview of the major events leading up to the opioid epidemic, NAS Fact Sheets and a template for writing a letter to your Congressman are among the resources in quarter 1.  The quarter 1 webinar featured NAS legislative experts discussing how federal policy affects the care of infants diagnosed with NAS.

Quarter 2, titled 'Motherhood and Opioids', focuses on the maternal and prenatal aspect of NAS.  Campaign content aims to reduce the stigma of substance use disorders during pregnancy and educate neonatal providers of the complexities of prenatal maternal management. In line with these goals, this quarter provides a prenatal consult guide for neonatologists to guide prenatal anticipatory guidance for mothers with substance use disorders. To supplement this resource, webinars focused on obstetric care and health policy regarding mothers with substance use during pregnancy are available.

In the quarter 3, 'NAS – Where Are We Now?', the campaign educates and empowers providers and families to gain further insight into the past, present, and future of NAS medical management in the NICU. Specifically, this quarter highlights withdrawal scoring systems and non-pharmacologic approaches to NAS. A featured resource is a set of digital pamphlets designed for parents, nurses and clinicians. Quarter 3's webinars contrast treatment approaches to NAS including pharmacologic, scoring systems and the Eat, Sleep, Console approach.

In the final quarter 4, 'NAS - Beyond Discharge Home' aims to improve the discharge process for families with infants affected by NAS by providing educational resources and discharge tools for clinicians.  Associated resources with this quarter include an NAS Discharge Guideline Template, educational pamphlets for families and caretakers on short and long term expectations after discharge (including neurodevelopmental aspects of NAS). A unique component of quarter 4 will be materials specifically geared to foster families caring for infants with NAS. Finally, this quarter hosts a webinar to discuss statewide early intervention programs to increase awareness of these important collaboratives.

Find out more about the campaign from our campaign website!

AAP Federal Advocacy

The AAP has an expansive range of active advocacy areas you can learn more about here.

​Connections

Federal Advocacy Portal

Want to get more involved in advocating for preterm and term newborns at the local, state, or national level?

Subscribe to our twitter feed (@AmerAcadPeds​) to get the latest update from AAP DC minute-by-minute. 

Subscribe to the AAP Key Contact listserv to get periodic summaries from DC with actionable intelligence. Just e-mail the AAP Department of Federal Affairs at kids1st@aap.org with your name, AAP ID, and preferred email address to receive the updates.

Send an email to your U.S. senators and representative through the AAP Department of Federal Affairs advocacy portal. By logging on to AA P.org > MyAAP > Federal Advocacy with your AAP ID and password, you will be automatically linked to your members of Congress by your home address zip code. On the site, you can email or call their offices directly to take action on priority issues or write with an issue of your own. 

Please visit the AAP Department of Federal Affairs Facebook page for more information.

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