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In this episode Deanna Behrens, MD, FAAP, describes the tools pediatricians can use to help their patients and families gain access to important elections. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk to Louis P. Halamek, MD, FAAP, about the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, which turned 35 this year.



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Deanna Behrens, MD, FAAP


Dr. Deanna Behrens is a pediatric intensivist at Advocate Children’s Hospital. She is active in the AAP as the executive editor of the COICFH newsletter and in ICAAP through RICHI, the social determinants of health committee, and the government relations committee, for which she is the lead for the gun violence prevention committee. She is a Health Policy Scholar with the Academic Pediatric Association, focusing on strengthening gun safety laws.

In the 2020 election, Dr. Behrens worked with Advocate Children’s Hospital to implement the Vot-ER program, and in 2022 she has helped expand the program throughout the entire Advocate Aurora Health System in Illinois and Wisconsin.

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Louis P. Halamek, MD, FAAP


Louis P. Halamek, MD, FAAP, is a professor in the division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University and has a clinical appointment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, where he works in the level IV neonatal intensive care unit and is the director of neonatal resuscitation.

Dr. Halamek is the founding director of the Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education, where his team creates highly standardized simulated clinical environments and uses these to study important questions that are difficult or impossible to examine in the real clinical environment.

Through interaction with colleagues at NASA, he is working on development of a hospital operations center linked with sophisticated simulation capabilities in order to study, predict and prevent errors and thus enhance patient safety.

Dr. Halamek is a former co-chair and current special consultant to the National Steering Committee of the NRP and is a content expert for the Neonatal Delegation to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.