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Current & Past SOPT Child​ Advocacy Campaigns 

Every year since 2005, the AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) has implemented an advocacy campaign. The Section's advocacy subcommittee works closely with AAP staff to choose the campaign and to develop the materials and resources. The campaign kicks off at the Section's Annual SOPT Assembly at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in the Fall each year. Below you'll find each of the campaigns that have been implemented over the years.

2017-2018 Advocacy Campaign – Access 4 Kids
Access to healthcare and the ability to visit a physician is essential in improving and determining children's health. As healthcare policy continues to evolve, we have seen thousands of pediatricians across the country take a stand to defend all children's right to quality health care. Recognizing the crucial importance of access to medical care, the AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) annual advocacy campaign will focus on advocating for improved access to healthcare for all children, regardless of their medical conditions, living situation, country of origin, or preferred gender or sexual orientation.

2016-2017 Advocacy Campaign – Partnering for Resilience 
Trauma and toxic stress have long term effects on children and families; however, supporting families' resilience plays a tremendous role in helping children grow and thrive. The SOPT campaign will focus on three key areas; 1) learning about toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, and resilience; 2) empowering and supporting families in clinical settings; and 3) transcending the clinic walls to become legislative and community-based advocates. Click here to check out our call to action video. 

There are lots of ways to get involved including our text message program, webinars, film screenings, days of action, and spreading awareness through social media. Please see our website or email us to learn more!

​2014-2016 Advocacy Campaign – FACE Poverty
Poverty is a significant determinant of child health, affecting not only physical health and development, but also educational achievement, emotional well-being and health into adulthood. The profound effects of childhood poverty have prompted the Section to focus on the issue with its annual advocacy campaign.

2013-2014 Advocacy Campaign – P.A.V.E. the Way to Firearm Injury Prevention
Every child has the right to live in a safe home, play in the safety of others' homes and live without fear of firearms. This statement is at the heart of our section's annual advocacy campaign: P.A.V.E. (Pediatricians Against Violence Everywhere) the Way to Firearm Injury Prevention.

2012-2013 Advocacy Campaign – Early Childhood Literacy
The 2012-2013 campaign dubbed "Read ~ Lead ~ Succeed" focuses on the importance of early childhood literacy. When researching for projects, the SOPT executive committee members learned that one-third of 4th graders read so poorly they cannot complete their schoolwork successfully and children who are read to regularly are 3-4 times less likely to drop out of school. Statistics like this coupled with recent budget cuts to important programs stood out to the group and inspired everyone to try and make changes.

2011-2012 Advocacy Campaign - Vote for Kids 
The 2011-2012 campaign will focus on the 2012 Election and advocating with programs to allow for medical students, residents, and fellowship trainees to have the time off to vote. Additional information is provided on how to be effective advocates during an election period, the hot topics in the election, and resources for you to utilize in your efforts.

2010-2011 Advocacy Campaign - Childhood Obesity​ 
In collaboration with the national movement to combat childhood obesity, the 2010-2011 campaign was designed for  medical students, residents and fellows to get kids fit & healthy! Click here​ to join the fight against childhood obesity - become part of the campaign, access resources, and get updates.

2009-2010 Advocacy Campaign - ImmuneWise​
The 2009-2010 campaign focused on immunizations and providing residents with the necessary information to both education themselves and parents on the topic. As many of you know, this has been a hot topic recently and is definitely a need for many. Below you'll find the main PDF of the campaign with links to all the documents, as well as the presentations in PowerPoint format for you to use in your programs.

2008-2009 Advocacy Campaign - Tobacco Cessation 
The 2008-2009 campaign will focused on tobacco prevention and control. A CD-ROM was distributed to all residency program delegates at the AAP National Conference complete with tobacco control resources to use during morning report and in your community. Click here to access the Richmond Center's resource guide - Solving the Puzzle: A Guide to Pediatric Tobacco Control.

2007-2008 Advocacy Campaign - Mental Health 
At the 2007 AAP National Conference, we provided each residency program delegate with a CD copy of this year's advocacy campaign. The SOPT Executive Committee decided to focus on access to mental health for children and educating their fellow residents on the resources available. If you would like to get involved, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Read the AAP Mental Health Brief to better understand pediatric mental health issues.
  2. Present the Pediatric Mental Health PowerPoint at your residency programs AM or PM report to teach fellow residents about advocacy opportunities.
  3. Start a letter writing campaign at you program for the federal Mental Heath Parity Act (either print & send the form letters or provide like to AAP form letter web site).
  4. Discuss the mental health Chapter Action Kit as a resource for residents.
  5. Help sign-up interested residents to become Key Contacts in the Federal Advocacy Action Network (FAAN).
Additional resources:​

2006-2007 Advocacy Campaign - Deficit Reduction Act 
In 2006, we provided residents a tool kit on how to become an effective advocate along with a presentation on the Deficit Reduction Act. The goal is to provide residents not only with a skill set but then to utilize it on an important issue to prevent detrimental changes in their respective states healthcare system. 

As presented at the 2006 AAP National Conference:

2005-2006 Advocacy Campaign - Obesity/Soft Drinks in Schools 
In 2005, the advocacy project was a Soft Drink Letter Campaign, and this May, the American Beverage Association announced all major beverage manufactures would begin to remove soda from public schools. They agreed to follow the guidelines from The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. "Under the terms of the agreement, the beverage industry will work to spread these standards to 75% of the nation's schools prior to the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year. The industry will strive to fully implement these guidelines prior to the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, provided schools and school districts are willing to amend existing contracts. " If you'd like to continue on with this campaign, feel free to use the letters below depending on your audience.