Thank you for your interest in advocacy! As pediatricians, every day we advocate for patients and families in both small and big ways. Advocacy is fundamental to our practice. CT-AAP is here to support you in your advocacy efforts. Please reach out with any questions, concerns, or ideas.



Molly Markowitz, MD FAAP
Chair, Advocacy Committee CT-AAP

Pathways to Advocacy

There are many ways for you to advocate for your patients and families, individually and on local, state and national stages as part of CT-AAP. 

Click a link to view advocacy resources. 

Community & State Advocacy

There are many ways that pediatricians can advocate in their community and at the state level.

Are you interested in joining the CT-AAP Advocacy Committee? Please reach out: 

Legislative Advocacy:

  • Pediatricians can be a powerful voice for children and families by participating in the legislative process.
  • The CT General Assembly meets from January to June in odd-numbered years, and from February to May in even-numbered years.
  • As a part of the legislative process, varies committees (examples: Human Services, Children, Judiciary) hold public hearings where the general public can provide:
    1. Written testimony (submitted online)
    2. Oral testimony (both in person or via zoom)
  • CT-AAP periodically sends out Advocacy Alerts via email to our membership highlighting opportunities for pediatricians to testify on bills affecting child health.
  • Have questions? Check out our Tips for Testifying.

Media Advocacy:

  • Pediatricians can use their voice to advocate for children and families by contributing to the media.
  • Here are three different ways:
  1. Op-eds submitted to publications such as the CT Mirror or Hartford Courant can be a impactful way to highlight child health issues and advocate for change. CT-AAP can offer edits and support in drafting an article.
    1. Have questions? Check out our Tips for Op-ed Writing 
  2. Pediatricians may also be asked to participate in a press conference with an elected official or community organization to advocate for a child health issue. CT-AAP can offer support in preparation.
  3. Social media and in particular twitter can be an important avenue for advocacy. There is a community of pediatricians on twitter who identify as #tweetatricians. The AAP has put together toolkits for social media advocacy.

Do you have questions or would like support? Please reach out:

National Advocacy

The AAP has multiple opportunities to participation in advocacy:

  1. Advocacy Training Modules
  2. AAP DC Office Internship Program
  3. AAP Advocacy Website
  4. Sign up for advocacy alerts through the AAP