Washington, D.C. • Ritz-CaRlton Pentagon City
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• Over 2,000 pediatricians and other interested individuals throughout the nation
have participated in this program.
• The conference has served to instill knowledge of the state and federal legislative
process, develop advocacy skills and introduce strategies and techniques for utilizing Federal Government Affairs
Olson Huff, MD
• Many individuals have become effective advocates at the national, state, chapter Chairperson
and local levels and have dedicated time to the Federal Advocacy Action Network AsHeville, NC
and key Contact Network.
lolita M. McDavid, MD
• Sponsored by the Committee on Federal Government Affairs and the Committee
on State Government Affairs, the conference enters its 20th year. Diane e. Pappas, MD, JD
James M. Perrin, MD
Marsha D. raulerson, MD
Mark rosenberg, MD
Under Committee on
State Government Affairs
Molly Droge, MD
Carole e. Allen, MD
The American Academy of Pediatrics Legislative Conference richard l. Bucciarelli, MD
is organized by: gAiNesville, Fl
American Academy of Pediatrics Dept. of Federal Affairs
601 13th Street, NW, Suite 400 North Barry lawson, MD
Washington, DC 20005 Bellevue, wA
Contact katy Matthews at the Academy’s washington office John wallis rusher, MD, JD
at 800/336-5475 or 202/347-8600 with questions. rAleigH, NC
sharon swindell, MD
ANN ArBOr, Mi
Preliminary agenda april 19-21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009 Monday, April 20, 2009
7:30 a.m. 7:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast Continental Breakfast with Guest Speaker
Key Issue Presentation — learn more about the key legislative issue
Advocating for Children in a New Era — today’s political and
you’ll be taking to Capitol Hill.
economic realities pose new challenges for child advocates. Gain
practical insight from national leaders about how you can effectively
Building Blocks for Advocacy: Meeting With Your Elected
advocate for child and adolescent health and development.
Official - Learn how to have a successful meeting with your elected
official and staff member from experienced faculty members.
Practical politics — To fully understand the political process, you first
have to understand the political culture of Washington, DC and the
Lunch with Guest Speaker
state capitals. Hear from those who know politics best during this look
at the practical politics of legislative advocacy.
Mock Session — Using the tools you have learned, assume the role of
a newly elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives. This
Surveying the Political Landscape: What’s Happening for
interactive, hands-on session will thrust you into the high-pressure,
Children — learn more about recent developments at the state and
high-stakes environment in which legislators operate.
federal levels as you gain a better understanding of what’s happening
for children around the country.
Burning Issues: Workshops — learn what issues are hot topics in the
federal government and in the states. Hear from experts regarding
how you can influence policymaking.
Fun Run/Walk at the Tidal Basin
Lunch with Guest Speaker
Building Blocks for Child Advocacy: Workshops — throughout
the conference, small breakout sessions will help you become more
familiar with the legislative advocacy process. Develop such skills as
meeting with your elected officials, crafting your message, planning
your advocacy strategy, coalition building, working with the media,
getting to know your opposition, and advocating with success.
Pediatric Faculty-Resident Pairs!
Adjourn The AAP offers an annual opportunity for pediatric faculty
and residents to join together to learn about child advocacy. in
6:00 p.m. 2009, the AAP Community Pediatrics Training Initiative (CPTI)
Social Hour and Dinner will sponsor 4 faculty-resident pairs (8 people) to attend the
(Advanced registration Legislative Conference. The faculty-resident pairs will implement
and ticket purchase an educational activity on child advocacy in coordination with
required for guests.) their local AAP chapter following the conference as a learning
requirement. For more information about the CPTI or to access
the application, please go to:
CPTI was founded by Anne E. Dyson, MD and is generously
supported by the AAP and other funders.
Course Credit Registration Fees
The American Academy of Pediatrics is Members
accredited by the Accreditation $550 due March 20, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Council for Continuing $600 after March 20, 2009
Medical education to
provide continuing medical non-Members
education for physicians. $700 due March 20, 2009
Continental Breakfast this activity has been $750 after March 20, 2009
approved for AMA PRA
Category 1 CredittM. lodging and meals other than those specified
Buses Depart for Capitol Hill are not included in the conference fee. Food
and beverages provided during the course are
General Information intended for course registrants only. Any special
Take Action Session with Congressional Speaker food requirements should be conveyed prior to
– Join us as a Member of Congress shares personal If there are any questions regarding the the conference.
experiences and helpful hints for effective legislative Legislative Conference, please contact Katy
advocacy as you prepare for your House and Senate *Advanced registration and ticket purchase required
Matthews at the Academy’s washington office for guests who attend the Sunday reception and
visits. at 800/336-5475 or 202/347-8600. dinner.
9:30 a.m. Attendance at the Legislative Conference is
Congressional Appointments — Put your legislative limited to allow for more interactive activities.
advocacy skills to work as you meet with Members of Please register early to ensure your enrollment. Travel Arrangements
Congress and/or their staff on Capitol Hill. Non-refundable registration deposits will be
returned only if space is not available. Air Transportation:
12:30 p.m. American Academy of Pediatrics Travel
Debriefing Lunch at Hotel: The Future of Child Funding may be available through your state Services can assist you with discounted airfares.
Health Advocacy: Next Steps – Identify ways you chapter, so check with chapter leadership. Please call the AAP travel Office at
can continue to build your advocacy skills and make 888/227-1772.
a difference for children in the political arena. limited resident scholarships may be available.
Chapters or individuals must submit a written Hotel:
Award Ceremony/Closing Remarks request for scholarship support to the AAP The host hotel will be the Ritz-Carlton
Washington Office, 601 13th St., NW, Suite 400 Pentagon City, in Arlington, virginia. Once
3 p.m. North, Washington, DC 20005 by January 1, registered, you will receive hotel reservation
Adjourn 2009. Attention: Scholarship Request. information from the AAP’s Washington office.
Rates are as follows: single occupancy $249,
each additional person $20.
The Ritz-Carlton is located five minutes
Why Attend the Legislative Conference? from Ronald Reagan National Airport and a
taxi ride from National to the Ritz-Carlton is
approximately $10. The subway (Metrorail)
By attending the Legislative Conference. you will visit with your member of congress and their is also available directly from National Airport
staff, experience the legislative process through hands-on work sessions and begin building to the hotel’s Pentagon City Metro stop.
Taxi service is available to and from Dulles
relationships with peers, politicians and the press. At the conclusion of this conference, International Airport for approximately $60.
participants will understand the federal and state legislative process; sharpen skills and
techniques to successfully impact Congress and state legislatures, and develop strategies to
effectively engage the media.
Please complete and return with a check payable to the American Academy of Pediatrics or provide a credit
card number. Registration is limited to 100 participants. Registration will be taken on a first-come basis with Academy
members given first priority. The registration fee is non-refundable and/or non-transferable.
Registration Fee for Members
Yes, i am representing my state chapter. CHAPter _________________________
individual registration $550 due March 20, 2009
$600 after March 20, 2009
Registration Fee for Non-Members
naMe (PleAse PriNt Or tYPe)
$700 due March 20, 2009
$750 after March 20, 2009
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Check enclosed payable to the
American Academy of Pediatrics
____________________________________________________________________ (U.S. only)
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American Academy of Pediatrics-Legislative Conference 847/228-5059 Contact katy Matthews at the
Attn: Registration-Legislative Conference Academy’s washington office
2862 Eagle Way at 202/347-8600 or
Chicago, IL 60678-1028 800/336-5475, or e-mail
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Be an Advocate for Children
• Meet with your member of Congress
• Understand the federal and state legislative process
• Sharpen skills and techniques to successfully influence
Congress and state legislatures
• Develop strategies to effectively engage the media
Participate in the Process
• Visit with your Members of Congress and their staff
• Experience the legislative process through hands-on work sessions
• Begin building relationships with peers, politicians and the press
• Past participants: updates your skills
What do pediatricians have to say about the Legislative Conference?
this is my first AAP event and i will definitely
return. I am very excited and energized to
continue and expand my advocacy work.
“ I feel empowered as a pediatrician and citizen. Thank you!
“ It was one of the best conferences I have been to. My future
career decisions will include strong activity in advocacy.