Advocacy in Action

Advocacy in Action


Learn Federal Advocacy Skills with the AAP!

(On February 6, 2012, the AAP Department of Federal Affairs in Washington DC will host a day-long training session for pediatric residents, medical students, and practicing physicians interested in federal advocacy. For more information, contact Jamie Poslosky at

VA General Assembly Day

Save the Date! January 26, 2012 - 5th Annual Pediatric General Assembly Day
for Pediatric Residents, Fellows, Students, and Pediatricians

capitol_state1.jpgcapitol_state2.jpgResidents, fellows, students, and pediatricians from throughout Virginia are invited to spend the day in Richmond at the Virginia General Assembly to learn first-hand about legislative advocacy and how to speak up for children's health! This event is held on the 4th Thursday of January each year. This year, more than 50 child advocates including pediatric residents, fellows, medical students, law students, lawyers, and others met in Richmond to speak up for children.

The day begins with an introduction where you learn everything you need to know about current issues under consideration in the General Assembly, and how to meet with your legislators. Following this, everyone meets with their legislators and then reconvenes for lunch and debriefing. This is a fantastic opportunity to make your voice heard!

The event is open to anyone interested in children's health: medical students, law students, pediatric residents and fellows, faculty, practicing pediatricians, and others.

Please register here and contact Dr. Diane Pappas, M.D., J.D. at with any questions or for more information.


AAP Federal Advocacy Action Network (FAAN)

The AAP Washington Office provides up-to-date information on federal issues that relate to children's health and provides information on how best to convey your concerns to your elected officials in Washington, D.C.

AAP Advocacy Institute

This conference offers an intense child advocacy training program led by leaders of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Watch the AAP website for registration information.

Voter Registration

It has been said that "Politics is not a spectator sport." When you vote, you are an advocate for children's health and well-being.

Learn all you need to know about voter registration in Virginia!

More Opportunities

There are many opportunities for residents to attend regional and national meetings, work with professional societies on issues related to child advocacy, and to pursue funding to support these efforts.

Explore Awards, Grants and Funding opportunities and information about advocacy-related Meetings and Internships.