Advocacy and Pediatric Policy Initiatives

(formerly Advocacy and Public Policy Initiatives)

Want to get involved in advocacy, but not sure how? Here are some resources to get you started.


February 14, 2017

Leading Pediatric Medical Organizations Respond to Recent Executive Orders
Impacting Immigrants and Refugees. Read the full response...

December 13, 2016

PPC Washington Update: Successes and Challenges Ahead. Read the full report...

October 17, 2016

The PPC Asked. The Presidential Candidates Answered. Read their replies...

June 24, 2016

Request for Information:
Call for Nominations for NICHD's Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act Priorities in Pediatric Therapeutics 2017

More information here
A Message from PPC Chair Paul Chung, MD, MS

The Pediatric Policy Council (PPC) is strongly committed to improving the health of children by ensuring access to quality health care. There are many ways our government can help meet children's needs and protect their health and well-being. Extending the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is one of them.

CHIP is a bipartisan program that works for children, and no one understands that better than pediatricians. Since its passage in 1997, pediatricians have worked hard in every state to fulfill the promise of CHIP for children. In Washington, the Academy has led advocacy efforts to protect CHIP, working with Congress to strengthen, reauthorize and extend the program. Our work has paid off in a successful program with "children" in its name and at its core, which now serves as a lifeline for more than 8 million children in families across the country.

Right now, CHIP's future is at a crossroads: the program's funding runs out this year and Congress is debating legislation as we speak to extend it. Today and over the next few days, leaders from both political parties and both chambers of Congress will be working together to come up with a plan to extend funding for CHIP. Votes could come as early as next week.

Congress needs to hear from you today.

  • Today, March 18, at 1 pm ET, join health advocates for a Twitter storm to help spread the word that CHIP is a critical program for children. Participate by following and using #ExtendCHIP.
  • Find your member of Congress on Twitter

Click here for more information and sample Twitter and email language to send to your legislator to advocate for CHIP.