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U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier – the Nation’s First Pediatrician to Serve in Congress – Describes her Journey During the American Academy of Pediatrics 2019 National Conference & Exhibition

10/17/2019


Dr. Schrier to reflect on her first six months in Congress

NEW ORLEANS, La. – U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, MD, FAAP (D-WA) will be on comfortable ground when she speaks to the nation’s pediatricians during the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2019 National Conference & Exhibition.

As the first pediatrician to be elected to Congress, she has taken her advocacy for children to a higher level, with a message for others on how to amplify their work for children’s health. Rep. Schrier will talk about what compelled her to run for office last November, what the journey has been like so far and outline her top legislative priorities during a plenary scheduled from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Great Hall.

“I look forward to joining the American Academy of Pediatrics and my fellow pediatricians at their annual conference. I ran for Congress because I thought I could help more children in this country in Congress than I could in the confines of my exam room. I am committed to fighting for a better future for our children: protecting our planet from climate change, making sure every child has access to a quality public education, fighting child hunger, and increasing awareness on the benefits of immunizations. As proud as I am to say that I am the first and only pediatrician in Congress, I hope someday soon I am one of many.”

Rep. Schrier, the only female physician currently serving in Congress, can describe the challenges in navigating the health care system from the perspective of patient and physician. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teenager, which she has said influenced her decision to become a pediatrician.

When reflecting on her first six months in August, she described goals that include lowering the cost of health care and making sure every child gets a strong start in life.

Prior to her election, she worked as a pediatrician for nearly 20 years in Issaquah, caring for children in the Puget Sound area in the State of Washington. 

To request an interview, contact Jamie Poslosky at jposlosky@aap.org or call AAP Public Affairs at 630-626-6177 in advance of the conference. To reach the on-site Press Office during the conference, call 540-670-5406.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org. Reporters can access the meeting program and other relevant meeting information through the AAP meeting website at http://www.aapexperience.org/