Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 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

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.



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-CA Priorities | Join Kris Calvin, CEO of AAP-CA, as we discuss the terrain of California legislation supporting child health. We will discuss current issues, then dive into shaping priorities for AAP-CA in 2020!

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

Online Publications and Blogs | Digital publishing builds an online presence for important child health issues. 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 about why online publications matter, what editors are looking for, how to choose the right outlet for your article, and more. Come with an idea, and leave with a game plan (and maybe a solid draft, too)! 

Op-Eds | Op-Eds can change minds! Learn how to frame your issue of passion with your experience and knowledge as a pediatrician to change the public discourse. In this workshop, you will learn the structure of successful op-eds, writing do’s and don’ts, how to pitch, and where to submit your finished piece.  

Micro-Mentoring | 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!

Develop an Advocacy Strategy | Learn how to create a strategic plan involving legislation, media, education campaigns, and other tools to create substantive policy change. This workshop will be led by Tim Valderrama, a Capitol veteran who has served in staff leadership roles in both the Senate and Assembly, and Sanjay Ranchod, an expert in legislative strategy and previously the Commissioner for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Develop Commission and now Vice President and General Counsel for Firefly.

Social Media Workshop l Social media has become an essential tool to elevate and amplify the importance of advocacy issues in a rapid media cycle.  In this workshop, you will learn how to set up social media accounts and use them effectively to advocate.



AAPCA Chapter 1 Member


Non-AAPCA Chapter 1 Member


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.