|March 5, 2020:
State Advocacy Days in Mississippi, New York, and Wisconsin
Pediatricians, residents, and medical student members of the
AAP Mississippi Chapter recently spent a productive day at their capitol. The chapter’s primary focus was to advocate for the extension of Medicaid coverage for women up to 12 months postpartum. Participants also discussed a range of child safety issues with legislators, including bike helmets, nicotine use among adolescents, and tanning beds as well as keeping the state’s immunization policies strong.
“We made personal connections with rank-and-file members of the legislature as well with key members. Our younger participants learned the value of communicating complex medical information to policy makers to aid in their decision making,” said AAP Mississippi Chapter President John Gaudet, MD, FAAP.
Over 185 members of
District II (New York) from across the state ventured to the state capitol to advocate for banning all flavored and menthol tobacco products, the leading item on the district’s
2020 Legislative Priorities. During the day, AAP District II Chairperson, Warren Seigel, MD, MBA, FSAHM, FAAP
joined Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker, MD, JD, FAAP at
an event to advance the governor’s campaign to ban flavored vaping products.
Advocating for the reduction to youth access to e-cigarettes, the
AAP Wisconsin Chapter recently held its annual Pediatric Advocacy Day,
Vaping and Youth: A Public Health Crisis.
Chapter members were briefed on the dangers of youth tobacco and heard from State Representative John Spiros, cosponsor of
AB 422, which would raise the purchase age of all tobacco products to 21.
A day after the chapter’s advocacy day, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul
announced the state was joining the ongoing bipartisan multistate investigation into JUUL Labs marketing and sales practices.