The Committee on Federal Government Affairs (COFGA) provides strategic guidance to AAP's Department of Federal Affairs on advocacy with the White House, Congress and federal agencies. COFGA also works closely with AAP councils, committees, sections, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors to analyze federal issues and provide strategies for addressing them at the national level.
Aligned with the components of AAP's Agenda for Children, issues currently being addressed include: health reform implementation, disaster preparedness, federal appropriations, tobacco regulation, and pediatric practice and workforce issues. COFGA also serves as faculty for advocacy trainings and events such as the Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, helping AAP members understand the federal legislative process, acquire skills and techniques to successfully impact Congress and effectively utilize the media for advocacy.
COFGA members contribute their federal policy expertise to benefit children, whether by testifying before the federal government on a child health legislative priority, writing an opinion piece to a local or national media outlet, or by providing a pediatric perspective to federal legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill.
For more information on the Academy's federal policy priorities and advocacy activities, please visit our Federal Affairs site.