2008 AAP Legislative Conference

2008 AAP Legislative Conference

2008_AAPLegis1.jpgDrs. Arthi Krishnan, Kate Schrecengost, Martha Hellems and Diane Pappas attended the 2008 AAP Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. While there, they learned about the current policies threatening the health and well-being of children across the nation and honed their skills in preparation for meeting with their legislators on Capitol Hill.

Along the way, they also participated in a mock caucus (Woodrow Wilson won), spent several hours learning the ropes as a "freshman congressman," and took a 2 mile fun run/walk under the cherry blossoms at the tidal 2008_AAPLegis2.jpgbasin! Dr. Ralph Northum, pediatric neurologist from Tidewater and freshman Virginia state senator, was one of the keynote speakers and shared with participants his perspectives, as a pediatrician and legislator, on how to affect change in our state and country.

As the 3-day event concluded, over 100 pediatricians from across the country, including 30 residents, descended on Capitol Hill to make their voices heard in support of children and their health. The Honorable Diana DeGette (D-CO) addressed them on their arrival at the Rayburn House Congressional Office Building, frankly discussing the difficulties that have plagued efforts to effectively address outstanding SCHP and Medicaid issues, and applauding the efforts of pediatricians to speak up for children in Washington. The UVA delegation plans to use what they have learned to develop a state legislative training program for pediatric residents.

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The Honorable Diana DeGette, D-CO

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Residents ready to visit legislators

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Pediatricians in the Capitol!