The Children's Hospital Association plays an active role on Capitol Hill by organizing educational briefings for congressional staff. Topics range from workforce issues to clinical care best practices to innovations in payment models, and are always focused on the impact on children’s health care.  

Key partners include the American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, First Focus, the bipartisan congressional Children's Health Care Caucus and many more.

Check this page to learn about upcoming briefings or to access materials and presentations from past briefings.

Past briefings

A National Emergency in Youth Mental Health: Strengthening Supports and Access to Care for Kids and Teens
Dec. 14, 2021

We co-hosted a virtual briefing on the national emergency in child and adolescent mental health. Speakers addressed the steps needed to improve trends as well as what's required to ensure children's access to culturally and developmentally appropriate prevention and treatment services.

Exploring How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Impacted Children's Health and Well-being
May 12, 2021

A virtual briefing on how children are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Child health experts will discuss trends in children's health issues including the health care coverage children rely on and the impact of the pandemic on children's mental and behavioral health.

Enhancing Disaster Preparedness for Children: ASPR Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence 
Feb. 25, 2020

CHA co-hosted an educational briefing with the American Academy of Pediatrics on disaster preparedness for children. In June 2019, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announced two Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence that aim to ensure that a national system is available to care for children in the wake of a disaster. Join us to learn more about these two Pediatric Centers of Excellence and what you can do to support pediatric disaster preparedness.  

Healthy Coverage, Healthy Kids
Nov. 18, 2019

In partnership with the Children's Health Care Caucus and allied children's groups, CHA hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the recent coverage losses for kids and the critical importance of Medicaid and CHIP. The panel included speakers from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, Children's National Hospital, Children's Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, and CHA.

TRICARE for Kids: Basic Training April 2, 2019 This event provided an educational briefing on the TRICARE program and how children rely on the program. Attendees learned about how TRICARE works, why children have unique health needs as compared to adults, the ways families access and utilize the system for their children with special health care needs, and the interaction between military connected families and Medicaid/CHIP.

Protecting America's Moms and Their New Babies
May 24, 2018

Attendees at this educational briefing gained insight into the issue of maternal and infant mortality in the United States. Experts provided an overview of where we are as a nation, and shared what health care providers and community organizations are doing to make sure moms are supported during their pregnancies and babies are born healthy. Panelists identified the policy levers working to keep moms and babies safe, as well as efforts within communities to improve care and support families.

CHIP 101: Why the Children's Health Insurance Program Matters for Kids
May 16, 2017

This briefing equipped attendees with a core understanding of CHIP’s basic structure, including who the program serves, what types of services it provides and how it is financed.

Kids' Coverage: Why Medicaid Matters to Kids 
Feb. 2, 2017

This briefing equipped attendees with a core understanding of Medicaid’s basic structure including who the program serves, what types of services it provides and how it is financed. During the event, speakers explored the importance of Medicaid for various populations of children, including children with special health care needs.

Where We Live: The Connection Between Environmental Stressors and Kids' Health
June 10, 2016

Too often, children cannot access the health care and critical services they need due to social and environmental factors that impact where they live, learn, and play. These factors are important to recognize as they often lead to fragmented and crisis-oriented care, and affect a child's quality of life.

As research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation suggests, a person's zip code is often one of the strongest predictors of health. In response to this research, and in recognition of the range of determinants of health, child health organizations are working toward creating healthier environments for children and their families. Where We Live highlights the work of some of these health care organizations and provide insight into national and community efforts aimed at improving child health and creating healthy environments. 

Training Tomorrow's Pediatricians: CHGME
February 25, 2016

This educational briefing highlighted the importance of the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program. CHGME supports the training of pediatric residents in independent children's hospitals and helps ensure that general pediatricians and pediatric specialists are trained to care for children in communities across the country, covering everything from well-child visits to the most complex cardiac surgeries. This briefing was sponsored by the Children's Hospital Association with honorary co-hosts Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Building Healthy Futures: The Importance of Medicaid for Children's Long-term Health and Success
August 21, 2015

This briefing featured child health experts who provided an introduction to Medicaid and an overview of the long-term impact the program has on kids. Additionally, a summary of new longitudinal research compiled by Georgetown Center for Children and Families highlighted how Medicaid impacts more than 30 million child enrollees in ways that go beyond positive health outcomes, from improving education achievements as children to increasing income as adults.

Rep. Charlie Dent (PA) gives remarks at a 2016 briefing

Children’s Hospitals: Looking Beyond the Walls of the Clinic to Keep Children Healthy
June 9, 2015

At this event, speakers discussed how their respective children’s health systems have developed innovative approaches that go beyond the clinical setting to promote health in the places where children live, learn and play. A common thread in these initiatives is the role that public-private partnerships have played in catalyzing important work to improve child health and well-being.

Medicaid & CHIP 101 February 20, 2015

Medicaid, along with CHIP, is the foundation of America’s commitment to providing coverage and access to care for children. Combined, the two programs provided coverage to approximately 35 million children at the time of this briefing—though the number is greater today. During the event, pediatric policy experts gave congressional staff a 101 understanding of Medicaid’s basic structure including who the program serves, what types of services it provides and how it is financed.

Amy Mansue represents Children's Specialized Hospital

Keeping Kids Healthy: The Role of Medicaid and CHIP June 13, 2014 This briefing was intended to give congressional staff an understanding of the basics of Medicaid and CHIP, including the populations the programs serve, benefits and services offered, and the future of children's health care coverage. Contact: Amanda Major, (202) 753-5328