Advocacy

Historically, the Cincinnati Pediatric Society has strived to maintain an active part in local advocacy efforts both independently and together with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the AAP. Here is a look at our most recent topics of interest:

Improving and protecting children’s access to medical care.

With the current state of affairs surrounding the potential demise of the Affordable Care Act and alterations to Medicaid expansion, we see this area as a potential threat to widespread access for our most vulnerable patients. As we write letters to our local legislators, we encourage you to do the same.

Stressing the importance of sports physicals occurring within the medical home.

We’ve all seen a drop in physicals for high school students as families have sought to obtain sports physicals in urgent cares and large school clinics. Read past president Dr. Denise Warrick’s blog on the importance of maintaining this relationship within the medical home and your office. http://blog.cincinnatichildrens.org/healthy-living/need-a-sports-physical-see-your-pediatrician/#more-

Gun Violence Prevention

As part of our 2016 Lyon Lecture Grand Rounds, the Cincinnati Pediatric Society hosted Dr. Denise Dowd, MD, MPH, an emergency medicine physician at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, and AAP Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award winner to discuss gun violence and safety.   We have also begun to work with the Cincinnati Police department to provide gun safety locks to families at the PPC at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. As one of the main pillars of federal advocacy for the National AAP, we feel this issue couldn’t be more important.

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