Connecticut Children’s main campus is located at 282 Washington Street in Hartford, Connecticut.


Connecticut Children’s believes one of the most effective ways to make our communities better for children, now and in the future, is legislative advocacy. Quite simply, this means supporting laws and policies that are good for children—such as those that help prevent injuries or give children access to quality health care—and opposing ones that are not.

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An Expert Resource on Health Care Issues Affecting Children

Connecticut Children’s is often called upon by policy makers to act as an expert resource on health care issues that affect children. Too often, kids do not have a voice in the decisions that affect them and their families. Connecticut Children’s advocacy efforts are aimed at making sure that children’s concerns are always heard when public policies are made.

Policy Priorities

Connecticut Children’s pediatric experts continuously campaign for public policy changes that will benefit the health of kids. Learn more about our policy priorities >

Find Your Legislators

As a Connecticut resident, it is important to remember that your elected officials work for you. If there is an issue that matters to you, you can write, email, or call your state legislator to make sure your voice is heard. Contacting your elected officials really does make a difference!

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2021 Family Advocacy Week

Each year, the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) sponsors a Family Advocacy Day down in Washington, D.C. where children’s hospitals from across the country gather with patient families to meet with members of Congress and advocate on behalf of children’s hospitals and the families they serve. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Family Advocacy Day was conducted as a weeklong virtual series of meetings and engagement opportunities for patient families and children’s hospitals. Meet our 2021 patient ambassadors: Samuel, Tori, Madeline, and Archie!

Additionally, Connecticut Children’s offered several virtual opportunities for team members and other stakeholders to learn more about advocacy, how the decisions our government makes affects children’s health, and how to use your voice and get involved. Below, find recordings from each of our sessions. We had some phenomenal speakers and we hope you check them out!

  • Why Kids Need Our Voice: A Panel Discussion on the Importance of Advocating for Children.
    Watch here
  • Fireside Chat with U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney
    Watch here
  • The Sooner the Better: Why Policymakers Must Prioritize Early Investment in Children and Families.
    Watch here
  • Fireside Chat: Children’s Health Equity
    Watch here
  • Keynote Address from Assistant HHS Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine
    Watch here

Advocacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Despite the fact that children seem to largely suffer only mild coronavirus symptoms, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on children’s hospitals around the country. To help mitigate the spread of the virus, Connecticut Children’s postponed all elective procedures and allocated significant resources to infection prevention measures. These changes were necessary to save lives and prevent infection, however, they came at a significant financial cost for our health system. It is critically important that Congress include direct aid to children’s hospitals in any future federal coronavirus relief packages so that Connecticut Children’s and other independent children’s hospitals can continue to provide care to the kids who need us.

Take action today and tell Congress that any future coronavirus response packages must include direct support for children’s hospitals.

Interact with Legislators on Social Media

Here is a great list of the social media accounts of federal legislators. Make sure to tag Connecticut Children’s on your social media platform if it is relevant. Thanks to our friends at the National Kidney Foundation for putting the list together.

Our partner organizations also offer guidance and materials to assist you in your advocacy efforts:

Blogs Supporting Advocacy for Children

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