Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:15 PM PDT
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Isra Uz-Zaman, Executive Director 
California Chapter 1, American Academy of Pediatrics 

The Advocating for Children Together (ACT) Conference was born in 2019 from a recognition that the importance of physician advocacy for children and families has never been greater than at this moment in time.  With rising social and income inequality, pervasive effects of structural racism and toxic stress, and continued inadequate access to quality health care, the health disparities for children have only been exacerbated in recent years.  

This year’s conference will be held virtually and focus on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on health equity.  This conference will reinforce traditional methods of advocacy, such as media engagement, public awareness campaigns and serving as expert witnesses in legislation regarding children’s health, while also introducing participants to newer methods in advocacy involving social media, building coalitions, and developing a successful advocacy strategy.

This conference will produce a community of pediatricians who are engaged and equipped to influence child health policy. It will also provide a networking opportunity for physicians to follow each other on social media platforms, connect over shared advocacy areas of interest, and inspire each other to speak up and become change-makers.

This conference has been approved for 3.75  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™


Ayanna Bennet, MD, MS, FAAP l Public Health Response to COVID-19 & Advocacy

 Tiffani Johnson, MD, MSC, FAAP l Health Equity & Structural Racism/Injustices

Todd Wolynn, MD, FAAP l Combating Anti-Science in Child Health Advocacy 

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, FAAP l COVID-19 & Health Equity Moderator


  1. Child Abuse 

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment of unprecedented stress for families, exacerbated underlying health and social disparities and increased risk for family violence and child maltreatment. This work shop will focus on the unique features of child abuse and neglect in the era of COVID-19 and highlight ways to advocate for this vulnerable, often difficult to reach population.

    Advocacy SkillBuilding Community Awareness

  2. Climate Change & Health 

    Climate change is a serious threat to the physical and mental health of children in California. Due to environmental racism, climate change's harms already fall disproportionately on children in Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities on the front lines of fossil fuel air pollution, heat and water stress, changing patterns of infectious disease, and displacement due to wildfires. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to protect clean air and a safe environment for children is more essential than ever. This session will build pediatricians’ skills in communicating about the climate crisis and advocating for climate solutions. We will learn from experienced climate, child health and racial justice advocates about the intersectionality between these issues and how pediatricians can ally with the youth-led climate movement and influence voters through storytelling. We will begin to develop our own stories about climate change and child health equity, and we will provide a platform to share these stories with voters in this critical election season.

    Advocacy SkillStory-telling, Voter Education

  3. Immigrant Health: 

    Similar to other health conditions that disproportionately impact vulnerable populations of color, COVID-19 has inequitably affected the health and livelihoods of immigrant families and children. The COVID-19 pandemic amplifies existing inequities and introduces new ones as immigrant families navigate school closures, lack of health insurance and paid leave, and decisions to seek medical care or public services amid ongoing immigration enforcement. In this session, we will highlight the ways immigrant children are being unequally impacted by COVID-19 and discuss the steps pediatricians and other child health advocates can take to speak up on behalf of immigrant communities.

    Advocacy Skill: Story-telling, Media Engagement

  4. Legislative Advocacy: 

    Concrete tips to enable you to be an effective child health and wellness advocate in under 15 minutes a month!  Workshop participants will receive time-efficient advocacy tips  from experienced AAP California advocacy leaders to enable them to be effective and powerful advocates for children despite the many demands of  their busy lives. Skill training will include how to  use online tools to locate and understand  current legislative proposals relating to children and  pediatrics, and how to make your voice heard, quickly and powerfully, by policymakers on the issues you care most about.

    Advocacy Skill: Policy Engagement 

  5. Mental Health: 

    Structural racism, poverty, educational inequities, and child abuse all contributed to an epidemic of mental health disorders before the pandemic. Now with the triple impact of enhanced familial stress, remarkable economic insecurity and loss of school and community supports, we are witnessing early signs of an enhanced mental health crisis for children and teens in our practices.  In this session, we will explore the benefits of working with the health system, community, AAP and/or governmental partners to advocate for enhanced and culturally responsive mental health services for children and teens.  A resource list of influential committees and collaboratives will be presented, and attendees will be asked to share their experiences with these, and other policy-change organizations. We will also discuss the unwritten rules of organizational participation and leadership that lead to effective change.

    Advocacy SkillCoalition Building

  6. School Health: 

    COVID 19 has put School Health on the front burner for all pediatricians, due to the complexities and uncertainties that are presented. The need for pediatricians to step up and advocate for their patients with schools, school systems and legislators cannot be underestimated.  This applies to preschool programs, K-12 programs and colleges as well. This applies to regular education, special education, and children with special health care needs. How can we make sure that our patients get the education that they need, while keeping them and their families safe from COVID? What are the best practices for forming school health policy and how can you effectively engage in that process? We will discuss current  school health policies and relevant legislation, and potential advocacy resources for you and your patients. 

    Advocacy Skill: Community Partnerships & Collaboration

For more information on the conference, including agenda, faculty, focus group workshop session descriptions and more, visit: www.pediatriciansact.org.

If you would liike to donate to the conference, you may do so HERE.


California Chapter 1, AAP (AAPCA1) Member


Non-AAPCA1 Member (Other Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Allied Health, Community Member)


Early Career Physician (in practice < 3 years)


Emeritus, Retired Member


Pediatric Trainee (Medical Student, Resident, Fellows-in-training)


If the registration fee is a barrier to your attendance, please contact us at info@aapca1.org for a sliding scale fee option. 

Media Consent: AAPCA1 may take photos/videos of  attendees throughout the conference. These photos/videos are for AAPCA1 use only and may appear on the AAPCA1 Website, newsletter, conference brochures, social media outlets, or other future AAPCA1 promotional material. By virtue of your attendance, you agree to usage of your likeness in such media.

CME Credit Statements: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the California Chapter 1 of the AAP.  The American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AAP designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This activity is acceptable for a maximum of 3.75 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics. PA's may claim a maximum of 3.75 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. This program is accredited for 3.75 NAPNAP CE contact hours of which 0 contain pharmacology (Rx) content, (0 related to psychopharmacology) (0 related to controlled substances), per the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Guidelines.