Goals and Policy Recommendations for a Leading Nation


Advocacy ​​Goals and Policy Recommendations for a Leading Nation

Goals for a Leading Nation:

The 45th pre
sident must safeguard the nation's position as a global leader for children. The next administration must ensure that the United States:

  • promotes biomedical, public health, and health services research to help children grow into healthy adults,
  • develops innovative new therapies for pediatric diseases,
  • guides global efforts to address non-communicable diseases in children,
  • aggressively addresses climate change,
  • addresses factors that make some children more vulnerable than others, such as race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, and disability, and
  • reforms our broken immigration system.

Policy recommendations to ensure our role as a leading nation for children:

  • Repeal the arbitrary limits on federal discretionary spending put into place in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA).
  • Target foreign aid and strengthen systems that support global maternal and child health activities to protect children from infectious and non-communicable diseases and end preventable maternal and child deaths, including through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State.
  • Expand funding for pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), including for efforts to address emerging threats like the Zika virus and to support the career development of pediatric researchers.
  • Encourage the development of drugs and devices for children and speed their approval by FDA so that children do not have to wait for necessary and life-saving treatment.
  • Prioritize efforts to address and reverse climate change by supporting regulations, research, and international treaties to address this threat, such as activities coordinated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Aggressively protect the civil rights of children and families, including children who are disproportionately affected by discrimination and lack of opportunities, by supporting the efforts of the Department of Justice in this area.
  • Enact comprehensive immigration reform that prioritizes the health, well-being, and safety of children.​
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