The Committee on State Government Affairs coordinates all state legislative and regulatory issues of pediatric concern and recommends to the Board of Directors the priority of state issues based on their political feasibility and value to children. It assists chapters with the development of their state legislative committees and activities.
The Committee also develops appropriate strategies for state legislative issues and reviews advocacy resources and background materials. Issues currently being addressed include increasing access to care and guiding the state implementation of the Affordable Care Act; promoting child safety and injury prevention (eg, firearms, swimming pools, bicycle helmets, sports concussions prevention, and child passenger safety); coordination of emergency medical services for children; promoting child abuse prevention; disaster preparedness and public health infrastructure; championing the importance of routine childhood immunizations; supporting the pediatric workforce and promoting the medical home; and prevention of illicit drug and tobacco use. Visit the State Advocacy site for additional details.
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