Elevating patient stories and educating lawmakers about the unique role of children's hospitals will remain critical toward increasing awareness about the ongoing and essential care provided by children's hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result, we are again offering an innovative event, 2021 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week, from June 13-18, 2021. Patient families will represent their children's hospitals to engage with lawmakers—either by video conference or in-person as appropriate—to increase awareness about and advance public policy priorities to address:
- The mental, emotional and behavioral health crisis in children, many of whom also struggle with medical conditions
- How children's hospitals are striving to continue providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Necessary short- and long-term investments in children's health and health care delivery that government leaders need to make
Learn more about 2021 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week, including the event theme, range of activities and ways we will support your hospital's family advocacy efforts.
Our online registration is designed to be user-friendly and efficient for hospitals registering families for the event
The portal is to be used by hospital staff only. Staff can register all family members participating in the event. The portal also collects information on hospital staff associated with the family.
Families registered by Friday, April 30, will receive a Family Advocacy Week t-shirt for the child patient, and hospitals will receive customized digital materials that can be used for your advocacy efforts.