Last week, I had the pleasure of accompanying a group from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as we joined more than 800 hospital leaders and volunteers at Wisconsin Hospital Association’s (WHA) Advocacy Day in Madison. After hearing from keynote speakers U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, David Rehr of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University, and Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades, as well as a bipartisan legislative panel, Children’s Hospital employees had the opportunity to sit down with Wisconsin legislators.
In meetings with our State Representatives and State Senators, we discussed issues important to healthcare, including support of the Family Justice Center, Medicaid funding and expanding and enhancing mental health programs. Spending time face-to-face with our representatives gave us a great opportunity to make our voices, and the voices of children, heard. Children’s Hospital is proud of Wisconsin’s reputation of providing some of the highest quality, highest value care in the nation, and WHA Advocacy Day allowed us the chance to reinforce this message with legislators.
How you can advocate for children
Fortunately, you do not have to drive to Madison to have your voice heard. If you are interested in giving a voice to children in local, state, and federal policy decisions, consider joining Children’s Advocacy Network, our advocacy network committed to ensuring and improving the health and well-being of all children and families. It only takes a little bit of your time to get the attention of Wisconsin legislators, and to have an impact on the lives of children.
As a C.A.N. advocate, you receive emails about important issues and contact information for your elected officials, and other ideas on how to get involved. It’s easy to sign up and only takes a couple of minutes. Add your voice today at www.chw.org/CANSIGNUP.
- Michelle Mettner, vice president, Government Relations and Advocacy, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Through Children’s Advocacy Network, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin helps improve the health and well-being of all children and families. By joining Children’s Advocacy Network, you’ll receive updates on our activities, learn about opportunities to contact your legislator or be asked to participate in community events.