Advocacy 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. Register for Email Alerts Sign up to become a Connecticut Children’s Champion, where you will receive monthly updates and action alerts. Sign up for our newsletter 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 > 2020 Voters’ Guide Interested in learning more about how to prepare for the 2020 election? Check out our 2020 Voters’ Guide. 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! Find your elected officials As part of Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., our patient ambassador, Taylor, got the chance to share her story with Representatives Rosa DeLauro, John Larson. and Jim Himes. Pictured here is Taylor with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. 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. Click here to 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: Speak Now For Kids American Academy of Pediatrics Center for Children’s Advocacy Connecticut Voices for Children Connecticut Hospital Association Sign up for Family Advocacy Week Sessions Click here for our 2020 Family Advocacy Week schedule and sign up for one or more of our sessions to learn more about some important children’s health issues from some fantastic panelists.