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Advocacy Corner


As neonatologists, our patients both literally and figuratively cannot stand up for themselves. We are their care-takers, and one of the most important things we can do for our babies is to serve as their advocates at every leve, from state-houses to the halls of Congress. TECaN is here to help you pursue your advocacy through increasing your exposure to advocacy training opportunities, providing new ways to connect with the AAP's Washington Office and your local, state, and federal representatives anywhere in the country, and to collect your stories to share with policymakers. Explore the page below, share your feedback with amember of our Advocacy Task Force, and let us know about your advocacy successes!

(Photo: Dr. DeRienzo (NICU Fellow, Duke University Hospital), discusses S-CHIP reauthorization with Sen. Burr (R-NC) in 2008. S-CHIP was ultimately expanded in February 2009 to cover an additional 4 million children and pregnant women.)

2016 Training Opportunities

Back by popular demand! The AAP will once again host a Legislative Conference in DC featuring an opportunity to take part in advocacy training for 200 pediatricians from across the country. New this year is a sub-specialty track for fellows and faculty interested in focusing on topics specific to their area of practice!

The 2016 AAP Legislative Conference will take place on April 3-5, 2016, in Washington, DC. With the upcoming presidential election and countless federal child health priorities at stake, there could not be a more critical time for medical students, residents, pediatricians, and sub-specialists to come together and speak up for children.

During the conference, participants will:

  • Attend skills-building workshops in negotiation, social media and crafting effective messages
  • Hear firsthand from distinguished guest speakers, such as members of Congress, White House officials and federal agency leaders
  • Participate in meetings with congressional staff on Capitol Hill to urge elected officials to put children first in their federal policymaking
  • Learn about federal policy priorities impacting children and pediatricians

For more information and to download the conference brochure, please visit

To register, please click here. Please send any questions to


Want to get more involved in advocating for preterm and term newborns
at the local, state, or national level?

Subscibe to our twitter feed (@AmerAcadPeds) to get the latest update
from AAP DC minute-by-minute.

Subscribe to the AAP Key Contact listserv to get periodic summaries from DC with actionable intelligence. Just e-mail the AAP Department of Federal Affairs at with your name, AAP ID, and preferred email address to receive the updates.

Send an email to your U.S. senators and representative through the AAP Department of Federal Affairs advocacy portal. By logging on to with your AAP ID and password, you will be automatically linked to your members of Congress by your home address zip code. On the site, you can email or call their offices directly to take action on priority issues or write with an issue of your own.

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Story Corner Submission

Nothing is more personal to a policy-maker than a neonatologist telling a story from his or her career in either practice or research. Each Congress passes, amends, or renews numerous laws that impact our patients, our practice, and our availbilty of research funding. Even if you can't get to Washington to advocate in person, your stories (HIPAA-appropriate of course) can help our AAP DC Office impact policymakers' decisions.

Do you have a patient whose inborn error of metabolism would have been missed had it not been for newborn screening? This year Congress is responsible for reauthorizing the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act. Our stories can help ensure its renewal and strengthen the program.

Does your research contribute to our understanding of neonatal pathology or pathophysiology, improve quality and safety of care, or otherwise work towards saving and improving the lives of premature infants? If so, it probably benefits from funding authorized by the PREEMIE Act, also up for reauthorization this year.

Share your stories here and empower our experts in DC to advocate on
behalf of our patients!

Example of a research story submission »

Example of a patient story submission »

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