On this page, the Nevada Chapter of the AAP posts resources for members to use when advocating for children.
The Children's Advocacy Alliance (CAA) is one of the Nevada AAP's most valuable advocacy partners. Since 2000, the CAA has been publishing the Children’s Report Card, which gathers and analyzes data to better understand how our state is taking care of our children.
Participation in the legislative process is a key aspect of our democracy. Find out tips on how to provide effective testimony during legislative committee meetings.
Between regular sessions of the Nevada Legislature, interim committees meet to work on specific and complex issues, often with the goal of formulating new legislation to bring to the next session. This brochure provides information about these committees and how the public can participate.
An educational program designed for adult and student groups alike. Participants take on the roles of officers and members of the Nevada Senate, debating fun topics and learning how the legislative process works.
The Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities has an excellent page for anyone, including doctors, who want to learn more about how to advocate for legislative change in Nevada. In 2021, the group produced this excellent video on how to utilize NELIS, the Nevada Electronic Legislative Information System, to track bills.
The American Academy of Pediatrics develops state fact sheets, advocacy reports, training modules and more to help support and improve health care for children. Click here for the AAP Advocacy Guide (AAP login required).
Advocacy can take many forms, from speaking out publicly to organizing groups to writing letters to elected officials. Whatever the form, advocacy is an important way to bring attention to issues and make change. And although anyone can be an advocate, there’s definitely an art to being an “Effective Advocate”. In this episode, Dr. Gaggino talks with Dr. Pam Shaw who has perfected the art of advocacy. Among the many hats that Dr. Pam Shaw wears, (i.e., Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Dean for Clinical Sciences, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Services, President of the Kansas Chapter of the AAP– just to name a few), her passion to make things better for all children has no boundaries. Listen in to not only Dr. Shaw’s personal journey, but also about her work in Washington, D.C. on behalf of all children everywhere.
Pediatrics is different than adult medicine.
In a world where a child’s zip code is a greater predictor of health outcomes than a child’s genetic code, the Nevada AAP sees no greater advocacy issue than assuring that every child in Nevada has access to a medical home.
Pediatric Subspecialty Shortages: A Threat To Kid's Health
Pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists care for children with special health care needs. Since physicians in many pediatric subspecialties are in short supply, children and families face challenges in accessing timely health care. Pediatric subspecialty shortages mean traveling long distances to get care, waiting weeks or months to get an appointment with a subspecialist, going without care altogether, or getting care from providers with less specific training.