SLU Pediatrics Travel to Jefferson City for Advocacy Day
From left to right, back row: Heidi Sallee, M.D. (faculty), Ritu Zei (resident), Cathleen Becker (resident), Jennifer Heithaus (fellow), Jennifer Buehler (resident), Josh Arthur, M.D. (faculty). Front row: Linda Shaw, M.D. (faculty) and Brittnea Adcock (resident) pose on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives. Submitted photo
On April 13, the Community Advocacy through Resident Education program of the Department of Pediatrics organized a group of pediatric residents and faculty to attend the Annual Pediatric Advocacy Day of the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The group joined other pediatricians and residents from around the state in Jefferson City at the Capitol for a day of learning about advocating for children and families.
The three issues focused on this year with the legislators or their staffers were childhood vaccines, youth bullying and prescription drug monitoring. Additionally the group supported the March of Dimes efforts around perinatal regionalization.
The SLU contingent went to legislative offices in teams of three to five, led by Ken Haller, M.D., Linda Shaw, M.D., and Josh Arthur, M.D. Each office visited received informational sheets, with the AAP logo, urging support of the bills associated with the topics discussed.
The day included the chance to see the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate in action as they discussed and argued bills and amendments. After a lunch, which included brief presentations by a current and a past legislator, the group had an opportunity to sit on the House floor in the representatives' seats for a debriefing.