Child advocacy: Why I will never remain silent when equality is at risk

Children's Advocacy NetworkGrowing up I often thought about equality and what that means to me. To me it meant that all kids, no matter their age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs or whatever box people may check off, deserved to have the same chances to succeed in life. As an adult I now realize that equality means much more. It means that a kid’s voice needs to be heard by the policymakers in local, state and federal governments.

Equality means that schools should have the same resources for kids to thrive whether they live in the Amani neighborhood of Milwaukee or in Mequon, Wis. Equality means …Click here to continue reading

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin employees speak out at WHA Advocacy Day

2013 WHA Advocacy Day

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin employees at WHA Advocacy Day

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 …Click here to continue reading

My child advocacy journey: Working together to make a difference

Children's Advocacy NetworkAs a cardiac nurse, I cared for patients one at a time as they went through heart surgery. My role was to educate and support the family, and keep the cardiac teams informed about patients in the surgical pathway.

In time, I wanted to be able to impact the care these patients received before, during and after their hospital stay. That’s when I took a leadership role in the heart program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. It has been very fulfilling to help steer the program with a view on our number 1 priority: our …Click here to continue reading

Give, advocate and volunteer: What it means to live united

United Way of Greater MilwaukeeThe United Way of Greater Milwaukee recently announced a $51.5 million goal for this year’s community campaign. I am proud to be serving as a co-chair for the campaign because I know the best way to build a strong community it to unite with people around three fundamental issues: education, income and health.

This is an opportunity to showcase Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as a leader in advancing …Click here to continue reading

We’re heading to Capitol Hill for Family Advocacy Day

Claire and Linda

Claire and Linda Bevec

On behalf of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin our family will participate in the Children’s Hospital Association’s eighth annual Family Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. next month.

Family Advocacy Day brings approximately 30 families from the nation’s top children’s hospitals to Washington each summer. While there, families educate members of Congress and the media about the quality health care that all children and families need and to address critical medical and health care concerns for children specifically in their home state.

Our daughter Claire was born six weeks premature …Click here to continue reading

Why you need to speak up for the children of Wisconsin

Children's Advocacy NetworkAs a member of the Children’s Advocacy Network (C.A.N.), I stay up-to-date on important issues related to child and family health. The network provides easy access to information related to local, state and federal public policy issues that affect children and families.

The true political process isn’t exactly what we see and hear in the media. Each of us has a voice and I believe an obligation to advocate for what is best for children. Without …Click here to continue reading

Why legislators value your advocacy and how you can get involved

This is a guest post by Wisconsin State Representative Jason Fields and Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir.

We are often asked, “Does hearing from me really make a difference when you are voting on policy issues?” The answer is YES! We benefit from and rely on hearing from our constituents about issues that are important …Continue reading this post

Take back campaign aims to protect our water systems and prevent drug abuse

Every year millions of medications are prescribed in the U.S. that, for a variety of reasons, never get taken by patients. Sometimes a doctor changes a prescription, or a patient simply doesn’t take all of his or her medication.

Whatever the reason, these drugs are a serious threat …Continue reading this post

Like our new Facebook page and join the conversation

We are very excited to announce that Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has a new home on Facebook. Our new Facebook page provides expanded opportunities for you to:

  • Stay connected to news about clinical care, advocacy, research and education from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
  • Receive updates and information on children’s health and safety issues.
  • Share your stories of hope, recovery and healing.

We invite old friends, new friends …Continue reading this post

We’re investing in our community so our children will be the healthiest in the nation

One of my responsibilities at Children’s Hospital and Health System is to collect and report community benefit data for the system. Every year I am amazed how much our organization gives back to the community. The support and resources provide such a positive impact on the well-being of Wisconsin children. …Continue reading this post