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CHAI Government Affairs
We serve as a voice for policy changes in pediatric health at the local, state and federal levels. Advocacy for children's health issues help policymakers make better decisions in our community.
Using advocacy as a path to change, the Child Health Advocacy Institute's government affairs team is a voice for children at the local, state and federal levels.
We bring attention to and rally support for public policies that:
- Aim to eliminate health disparities
- Protect the interest of children’s health
- Increase funding for children’s healthcare
- Support medical research and innovation
We help policymakers make decisions that are good for kids with:
- Education on key children’s health issues
- Testimony from our expert physicians and researchers
- Community health data
Public Policy Issues
We advocate for children at the local, state and federal level. We continue to keep children at the forefront by helping policymakers understand the issues that impact our patients, families and communities. There are several key issues that our team works to promote including:
- Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME)
- Infant mortality reduction
- Medicaid and CHIP
- Mental health
- Rare disease research and coverage
- Violence prevention
Advocating for Our Programs
Children's National doctors Kathy Woodward-Murray, M.D., Hope Rhodes, M.D., and Shilpa Patel, M.D., testify before DC Council during their Performance Oversight Hearing on School-based Health Clinics, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and IMPACT DC.
Our team has regularly prepared and coordinated testimony before the DC Council on a variety of programs throughout Children's National, including: