Pediatric Day at the 2010 General Assembly
This year, over 50 pediatricians, pediatric residents, students, and child advocates came together to focus attention on children's health while the General Assembly was in session. Participants heard first-hand from policy makers, including Dr. Karen Remley, Virginia Commissioner of Health (pictured at left, with Dr. Robert Gunther), and from Dr. William Hazel, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, about the issues under consideration.
They learned from leaders in the Virginia Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics about the legislative process and how to meet with their legislators to discuss child health issues. Issues under consideration included FAMIS eligibility, maintaining funding for a state hospital serving children with mental health needs in Staunton, the scope of practice of nurse practitioners, and a proposal to regulate competitive foods sold in public schools.
After receiving all of this information, participants went in groups to discuss these issues with their legislators. Afterward, everyone reconvened for a debriefing lunch. The VA Chapter, AAP, awarded a dinner for two to Dr. Hoda Bastani for her participation in the day's events. Two residency programs, UVA and Carilion, received a morning report breakfast for their residents as a result of their exceptional representation at this year's Pediatric Day at the General Assembly.
Overall, the day was a great success and a wonderful way for students and residents to learn how to meet with their legislators on important health issues.
Mark your calendars now for next year's Pediatric Day at the General
Thursday January 27, 2011!
Charlottesville delegations meet with Senator Creigh Deeds