Legislative Advocacy Tools
The Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has a long history of advocating for policy and laws that positively impact child health and safety in Alabama. From being instrumental in starting the nation's first Child Health Insurance Program in 1997 and helping pass Alabama's Child Passenger Safety Law to fighting for adequate Medicaid funding on an almost annual basis, Alabama's pediatricians speak out each year to make a difference for all Alabama children.
Be an Advocate for Children's Health Issues
Our state and federal policymakers want and need to hear from you about issues important in promoting and protecting children's health and pediatrics. As a pediatrician, registered voter and member of the Alabama Chapter-AAP, your input to legislators is key in helping them understand pediatric and child health issues. They understand this and also know that their political future lies in your hands! There are a number of ways that you can advocate to your legislators; see below for resources & tips.
- 2016 Alabama Chapter-AAP Legislative Agenda
- 2016 Wrap-Up - Alabama Chapter-AAP
- 2016 Wrap-Up - Public Strategies, LLC
- 2016 Wrap-Up - Medical Association of the State of Alabama
- 2016 Medicaid Myths vs. Facts (excellent piece!)
- 2016 Medicaid Fact Sheet
- 2016 Talking points: RCO Waiver Approval funding
- 2016 Talking Points: Who is Enrolled/Impacted by Budget Cuts
- 2016 Talking Points: Medicaid Budget - The Myth
- 2015 Alabama Medicaid Fact Sheet from the AAP, March 2015
- Southern Institute Report on Uninsured Children in the South
- More information on Medicaid>>>
Pre-K and other birth to 5 services
- Talking points, Federal Threats to Medicaid/CHIP, December 2016
- Talking Points for Pre-K Advocates, 2016
- 2016 Pre-K Task Force Recommendations
- Pre-K Advocacy Tools, 2016
- More information on the Alabama School Readiness Alliance>>
- Early Childhood Investment Talking Points: The Costs of Disinvestment: Why States Can't Afford to Cut Smart Early Childhood Programs
- Position statement, 2014
- Medicaid Expansion: Good for Parents and Children, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, January 2014
- Talking points, 2013-2014
- Fact sheet, 2013-2014
- News release, 2013
- Blueprint for Hosting Legislators
- Find your state legislators' contact information.
- Find a bill in the current state legislative session.
- Understanding the state legislative process.
- Contact information for Alabama's Congressional Delegation
- Developing relationships with lawmakers - information sheet
- Writing letters to legislators "how-to" sheet
- Sample letter to legislator
- Tips for calling your lawmakers
- Tips for writing a Letter to the Editor
- Sample letter to the editor
- Meeting face to face with your legislators - information sheet
How can you help?
The Chapter will send legislative alerts when important issues are at stake and we need members to call our lawmakers. But the best time to hone relationships with your legislators is when the need isn't urgent. Here are ways to help:
- Become a Chapter key contact: Connect one on one with lawmakers in the various districts of the state and become part of a "call tree" for action and someone who can educate your lawmaker on what you know best: pediatrics. Click here to sign up.
- We are also asking for Chapter members to get to know their legislators NOW and schedule visits with them at their practices/hospitals. To find out how, check out the 13 steps in the Chapter's Blueprint for Hosting Legislators.
To find your state legislator's contact information, click here and search by zip code.