Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM PDT
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UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland 
Outpatient Center
744 52nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609

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Isra Uz-Zaman, Executive Director 
California Chapter 1, American Academy of Pediatrics 

Advocating for Children Together Conference

This conference is SOLD OUT. If you are still interested in attending, please fill out this wait list form. You will receive an email granting you a spot to the conference ONLY if space opens up.

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

We are excited to announce the inaugural Advocating for Children Together Conferencea collaborative effort between pediatricians across the Bay Area organized by California Chapter 1, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAPCA1) and sponsored by UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Department of Community Health and Engagement at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, the California Wellness Foundation, and Stanford Children's Health/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Join us in learning from advocacy extraordinaires as we come together to better serve the children and families from the Bay to the borders and beyond!

The day will include a series of “Ted Talk” style lectures that provide brief overviews of important areas for advocacy for pediatricians, including gun control, mental health, adverse childhood events, and climate change, and police violence, and empower pediatricians to effectively message advocacy efforts, harness the power of social media, and collaborate with others for children’s health issues.  In the afternoon, participants will break into smaller workshops led by local experts in politics, public health, and mass media to gain hands-on practice.

 The day will end with a reception during which conference participants may continue to connect with fellow child advocates as well as utilize skills learned throughout the day to build relationships with and discuss child health issues with invited elected officials.

 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 various social media platforms, collaborate on op-eds, spark new research ideas that will influence policy decisions, and inspire each other to speak up and become change-makers.



Mark Del Monte, JD | A champion of child health advocacy, Mark Del Monte began his career partnering with pediatricians and providing direct legal services to HIV positive, low-income children and families in Oakland and now serves an executive role at the American Academy of Pediatrics as the Executive Vice President and Interim CEO.

Dayna Long, MD | A staff pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Dr. Long is one of the founders and co- medical director of the Family Information and Navigation Desk (FIND) at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. The goal of FIND is to address the social and environmental factors that contribute to health when families present to the healthcare settings.

Tomás J Aragón, MD, MPH, DrPH | An experienced public health executive, leader, and medical epidemiologist, Dr. Aragón directs public health services for San Francisco and works to improve population health and health equity through his roles as both Director of Population Health Division at the San Francisco Department of Public Health & Health Officer of the City and County of San Francisco.

Rhea Boyd, MD | Founder and author of the blog Rhea.MD, where she critically engages the intersections of race, gender, politics, tech innovation, and health; Dr. Boyd is a pediatrician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. She is also on the AAP Executive Committee on Communications and Media where she is interested in how digital clinical tools, interdisciplinary partnerships, and social media can incorporate diverse types of data and voices into traditional processes to improve health, particularly for communities of color.

Aaron Nayfack, MD | A developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Nayfack spent many years volunteering with the AAP where has served on the state chapter board, co-chaired the Advocacy Committee, and served on the State Government Affairs Committee. Most recently he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Sequoia Healthcare District—a publicly funded entity that directs its efforts at improving the health and wellness of the individuals and communities of central and southern San Mateo County.

Thomas Newman, MD, MPH | Chair of the SF Bay Area PSR Environmental Health Committee and a leading advocate for sustainability at UCSF, Dr. Newman has also co-developed a course on climate change for UCSF medical students. He has been a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) for almost 40 years, initially focused on nuclear disarmament, but for the last 15 years also on climate change.   His research focuses on improving health care value, something he sees as essential for the sustainability of our healthcare system.



Berkeley Media Studies Group | A nonprofit founded in 1993 to help public health professionals and community groups use power of the media to advance public health, BMSG has worked with organizations on a range of issues, including violence and injury prevention, alcohol, tobacco, children’s health, child care, affirmative action, food and activity environments, health inequities and sexually transmitted diseases.  BMSG will be leading two workshops: BMSG Didactic - This workshop will teach you how to develop your media strategy and framing your advocacy message; BMSG Media Spokesperson Training - In this workshop, you will learn how to be interviewed for your advocacy issue of  passion. You will be interviewed live and be provided real-time feedback.

AAP Priorities and Time Efficient Advocacy Tips | Kris Calvin, CEO of American Academy of Pediatrics, California will be teaching a two part workshop where participants will learn about current California legislation and have the opportunity to shape advocacy priorities for AAP-CA in 2020, and learn time-efficient advocacy tips that fit into their busy lives.

Writing an AAP Annual Leadership Forum Resolution | Resolutions are formal ways to bring new ideas, issues, and solutions to the forefront of discussion within the AAP at Chapter, District, and National levels. Learn how to draft and submit a resolution for the AAP ALF from Paula Whiteman, MD, FAAP, FACEP, veteran resolution-writer (including several voted top 10 nationwide), current District IX Vice Chairperson, and former AAP-CA Chapter 2 President. Twitter: @DrPaulaWhiteman

Social Media and Online Publications| Meet Dr. Patricia Salber, internist, emergency medicine physician, and founder and CEO of The Doctor Weighs In, an award-winning mobile/online platform that shares stories about health care innovation. She will teach how social media can amplify physicians voices for personal and public healthcare. What to do and what not to do. Also, some new rules of the road in the era of social media misinformation. You will explore social media options. What are the pros and cons of each one? Which one is right for you? Bring your fully charged digital device for this hands on workshop!

Op-Eds | Op-Eds can change minds! Learn how to frame your issue of passion using your experience and knowledge as a pediatrician to change the public discourse. This workshop will be led by Louis Freedberg (Executive Director) and Smita Patel (Director of Communications and Partnerships) of EdSource — a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which reports on education in California and has the largest team of education reporters in the state. Together they have extensive experience in reporting and hold accolades in journalism. They are excited to help you get your next piece published! 

Micro-Mentoring + Social Media Table | Sit down for a series of one-on-one sessions with advocacy greats in the Bay Area. Glean advice about how to maximize impact on the child health issues that matter most to you, navigate your career, and build connections. Like speed dating, but better! In between meetings with your micro-mentors, you will have a chance to visit the social media table with experts who can either set you up with an account and show you the basics, or help take your advocacy via social media to the next level by helping you unleash your inner #tweetiatrician!

Develop an Advocacy Strategy | Learn how to create a strategic plan involving legislation, media, education campaigns or other tools to create substantive policy change. This workshop will be led by Sanjay Ranchod, a member of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, a state agency, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Firefly and Tim Valderrama, a California State Capitol veteran who has served in staff leadership roles in both the Senate and Assembly.

Advocacy and Organizations: Navigating Cultural Landscapes l Dr. Anda Kuo form UCSF and Dr. Lisa Chamberlain from Stanford University have been at the forefront of advocacy education in California.  In this workshop, you will learn the standard frames for analyzing organizations, identify key child advocacy stakeholders and identify their unique characteristics in building advocacy partnerships, and apply the organizational framework to analyze an advocacy case study.





Senator Richard Pan, MD | Dr. Richard Pan is a State Senator representing Sacramento and Yolo Counties.  TIME magazine called Dr. Pan a “hero” when he authored landmark legislation to abolish non-medical exemptions to legally required vaccines for school students.  He has also authored expansive state laws regulating health plans eliminating denials for pre-existing conditions and prohibited discrimination by health status and medical history, and sponsored numerous health fairs providing resources including free glasses, dental screenings, and vaccines. For his leadership in education and community development, Dr. Pan has been recognized with the Campus Compact's Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning and the Physician Humanitarian Award from the Medical Board of California.


AAPCA Chapter 1 Member


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Physician in Practice < 3 years


Emeritus/ Retired Member


Nurse/ Nurse Practitioner 


Allied Health 


Medical Student/ Resident/ Fellow-in-training 


If the registration fee is a barrier to your attendance, please contact us at aapadvocacyday@gmail.com for a sliding scale fee option. 

Media Consent: AAPCA1 will 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 6.0  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 6.0 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 6.0 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 6.0 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.