image002On October 7th, 2013, CNMC residents joined the AAP’s Committee on Federal Government Affairs in a meaningful day on Capitol Hill to showcase the negative impact of the government shutdown on children.  The messaging focused on the importance of government-supported nutrition (through WIC), early education (through Head Start), and critical vaccines, including seasonal flu (through Vaccines for Children/ CDC).  Our residents met with members of Congress and their staff from  dozens of states across the country.  Print, social media, radio, and TV coverage featured the group’s – and our residents’ – great work!

Then, on October 8th, 2013, five CNMC residents plus a chief resident, Dr. Kristen Reese, headed to the DC City Hall to advocate for adolescent health services in the District in an advocacy day organized by the DC chapter of the AAP.  Among their requests for the DC city council was improved adolescent access to pregnancy prevention services, quality health education, and school based health centers.  They met with city council members and learned how to effectively share their message through social media.


Children’s National Medical Center pediatric interns Alison Nobil, MD and Amanda Page, MD getting ready for the day!


Children’s National Medical Center pediatric interns Heather Eisenson, MD and Bethan Lemley, MD

Kudos!  The DC AAP Chapter is so proud of their efforts, and happy to see that the media has also recognized the power of the work of the CNMC residents and entire community!