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DC AAP Chapter Hosts DC Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit


The Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair of the Committee on Health for the DC Council, addresses DC health care professionals and community advocates at the 2013 DC AAP Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit.

The Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair of the Committee on Health for the DC Council, addresses DC health care professionals and community advocates at the 2013 DC AAP Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit.

The Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair of the Committee on Health for the D. C. Council, addresses 95 DC health care professionals and community advocates at the 2013 DC AAP Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit.
The Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair of the Committee on Health for the D. C. Council, addresses 95 DC health care professionals and community advocates at the 2013 DC AAP Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit.
On Tuesday, October 8th, the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the DC Adolescent Health Working Group sponsored a day-long Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit, which was hosted at the John A. Wilson Building by the Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair of the Committee on Health of the District of Columbia Council. 95 health care professionals and community advocates, including pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents, pediatric fellows, medical students, program administrators, social workers and community advocates were trained on effective advocacy skills related to adolescent and reproductive health. Feedback from both novice and experienced advocates alike indicate that the day was a resounding success. Kristen Reese, MD, Pediatric Chief Resident at Children’s National Medical Center stated “the speakers were engaging and educational, and the advocacy experience was fantastic. I know that for several of our interns, this was their first advocacy experience – and they loved it!”

In addition to general advocacy training, attendees learned about the DC legislative and budgeting process, utilization of communication and social media tools, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on adolescent health; and the vision and priorities of the DC Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD & TB Administration. Presenters included the director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Department of Federal Affairs; the Children’s Budget Consultant for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services; and the Interim Senior Deputy Director of the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD & TB Administration, D.C. Department of Health. In addition, the Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair, Committee on Health, District of Columbia City Council addressed the group, sharing her vision for adolescent health in the District. Attendees ended the day by meeting with ten of the thirteen DC Council members and/or their staffs to share important messages about primary pregnancy prevention; access to quality health education and increased funding for school based health centers.

The Adolescent Health Working Group, formed by DC AAP in 2012 with the support of the Summit Fund of Washington, is comprised of DC leaders and experts in adolescent health from healthcare organizations, community based organizations, government agencies and other key policy makers.

Contributors include leaders from DC AAP, Children’s National Medical Center, Metro TeenAIDS, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Unity Health Care, Inc., Georgetown University Medical Center, District of Columbia Public Schools (Office of Youth Engagement, Health and Wellness Team), Department of Health Care Finance (Division of Children’s Health Services), Chesapeake Regional Chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, School Based Health Alliance, GWU School of Public Health & Health Services (Center for Health and Health Care in Schools), American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, MedStar, Inc., Mary’s Center, Peer Health Exchange; TAYA and Latin American Youth Center.

Attendees of the Adolescent Health Advocacy Summit meet with DC Council staff.

Attendees of the Adolescent Health Advocacy Summit meet with DC Council staff.

The Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair of the Committee on Health for the DC Council, and Melanie Williamson, Legislative Counsel, meet with Dr. Lee Beers, President of DC AAP, and several attendees of the Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit.

The Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair of the Committee on Health for the DC Council, and Melanie Williamson, Legislative Counsel, meet with Dr. Lee Beers, President of DC AAP, and several attendees of the Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit.

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 Alison Nobil, MD and Amanda Page, MD getting ready for the day!