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Advocating for Children Together


We’re excited to announce the second annual Advocating for Children Together Conference – a collaborative effort between pediatricians across the Bay Area organized by California Chapter 1, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAPCA1) and sponsored by:

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • San Francisco Marin Medical Society (SFMMS)

  • Sean Parker Center at Stanford for Allergy & Asthma Research

  • Center for Care Innovations


This year's theme is COVID-19 & Health Equity. Topics will include structural racism, health disparities, poverty, educational equity, voting access, and much more! 

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!


Virtual Conference

Keynote speakers will discuss topics such as structural racism, health inequity, and educational access during the time of COVID-19.

Learn about the importance of civic health and your role in influencing public policies that address health inequities in our community. 

These sessions will be a time for hands-on skill building in areas of interest.

There will a dedicated time to network and meet one of our wonderful mentors in an area of interest.





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thank you to our keynote speakers!

Ayanna Bennet, MD, MPH, FAAP

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, FAAP

Noor Chadha, JMP3

Stephanie Fong Gomez, MD, MS, PL-3

Tiffani Johnson, MD, MSC, FAAP

Todd Wolynn, MD, MMM, FAAP

This Year's Theme:
COVID-19 & Health Equity

Topics will include structural racism, health disparities, poverty, educational equity, voting access, and much more! 


If you are asking yourself, "What can I do?", join us to learn skills, strengthen your network and connect to avenues for creating change. Come be inspired to speak up and speak out as influencers for child health! 


You will be 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 begin with a series of “Ted Talk” style lectures that provide brief overviews of important areas for advocacy 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 second half of the conference, participants will break into smaller advocacy workshops led by AAP leaders to gain a deeper understanding of specific advocacy areas of interest and gain an opportunity for hands-on practice of advocacy skills. ​​

Our vision with this conference is to create a community of pediatricians who are engaged and equipped to influence child health policy. It will 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 others to speak up and become change-makers. We hope you will join us!

planning committee

Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

Heyman Oo


California Chapter 1, AAP Executive Director

Isra Uz-Zaman


Focus Group Planning Leaders

Casey Brown

Kris Calvin

Diane Dooley

Sarah Schear

Renee Wachtel

Alexandria Valdrighi

Vini Vijayan

Planning Committee

Reshem Agarwal

Simran Behniwal 

Sabah Elias 

Stephanie Fong Gomez 

Zarah Iqbal

Raul Gutierrez

Anna Kaplan

Lisa Patel  

Priya Pathak 

Hannah Perrin

Nora Pfaff

Sohil Sud

Yasamin Vafai

Geena Zhou


9:00am PST

Welcoming Remarks | Executive Planning Committee

9:15am PST

Keynote Speakers - COVID-19 & Health Equity 

Ayanna Bennett, MD, MPH FAAP | Public Health Response to COVID-19 & Advocacy

Tiffani J. Johnson, MD, MSc, FAAP | Health Equity & Structural Racism and Injustices

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


Moderator: Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, FAAP (@RheaBoydMD)

10:00am PST

Expert Panel Q&A: What Comes Next

10:30am PST

Virtual Advocacy Action: #votekids

Voting is one of the the main ways we can influence the public polices that address health inequities in our communities. Hear from National AAP about the #getoutthevote campaign! 

Stephanie Fong Gomez, MD, MS, PL-3 and Noor Chadha, BA, JMP3

10:50am PST


11:00am PST

Micro-mentoring Sessions 
Speed-dating for advocacy mentorship!

11:40pm PST

Advocacy Deep Dive

An opportunity to learn from experts in a content area with relevant advocacy skill building

12:00pm PST

Focus Groups

Immigrant Health

Climate Change and Health 

Mental Health 

School Health 

Legislative Advocacy 

Child Abuse


1:00pm PST

Closing Remarks & Next Steps  


Keynote Slides 

Voting as Medicine - Pediatric Civic Engagement 

Climate Change Focus Group Slides  

Mental Health Focus Group Slides  

Immigrant Health Focus Group Slides  

School Health Focus Group Slides  

Legislative Advocacy Focus Group Slides  

Child Maltreatment Focus Group Slides  

Suppressed Discussion and Action Guide: Did you miss the screening and want to check it out now? Interested in taking action after what you saw in SUPPRESSED 2020: The Fight To Vote? Please visit Brave New Film's Action Page and find many ways to get more involved or create partnerships. Consider sharing reactions or what you've learned from this screening on social media with the hashtag #FightToVote. 

The content of this video does not reflect the views or policies of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Furthermore, as a nonpartisan organization, we do not endorse any party. This video is being shown at this conference to highlight the inequities in voting and the importance of engaging in our civic duty.

CME Information
  • ​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.

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