Pediatric Advocacy Program

Advocacy Links

GENERAL

Action Alliance for Children
A resource for policy makers, children's service providers and advocates, and the media. AAC exists to inform, educate, and inspire a statewide constituency of people who work with and on behalf of children by providing the most reliable information on current issues, trends, and public policies that affect children and families. AAA also facilitates dialogue among diverse community groups (child care workers, educators, parents, human service providers, advocates, media, policy makers).

All Kids Count
Funded by The RobertWood Johnson foundation to develop information systems that improve children's health by combining data about multiple health care services children need.

American Public Health Association
The oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 occupations of public health. APHA influences policies and sets priorities in public health at national and state levels.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
An organization working to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States . The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
An association that represents state public health leaders and others working to improve the health and well being of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs. AMCHP accomplishes its mission through the active participation of its members and vital partnerships with government agencies, families and advocates, health care purchasers and providers, academic and research professionals, and others at the national, state and local levels.

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
An advocacy organization promoting nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science.

Childhelp USA
A non-profit organization that directly serves abused and neglected children through the National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®; residential treatment facilities ; child advocacy centers and mobile advocacy centers that reduce the trauma of child abuse victims during the interview and examination process; group homes ; foster family recruitment, training and certification ; and child abuse prevention, education and training programs.

Child Welfare League of America
The nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization devoted to promoting the wellbeing of children, youth and their families, and protecting every child from harm.

Children's Defense Fund
A non-profit organization that provided a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. CDF pays particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.

Children's Health Fund
Founded by singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatrician/child advocate Irwin Redlener, MD in 1987, Children’s Health Fund (CHF) works nationally to develop health care programs for the nation’s most medically underserved population - homeless and disadvantaged children. CHF brings medical care and essential services directly to underserved children in rural and urban communities via Mobile Medical clinics (doctor’s offices on wheels) and fixed site clinics. Moreover, CHF has become a major national advocacy voice on behalf of all children, and has inspired special federal legislation designed to help create innovative Children’s Health Projects throughout the United States.

Children Now
A research and action organization dedicated to assuring that children grow up in economically secure families. Children Now designs strategies to improve children's lives while helping America build a sustained commitment to putting children first.

The Children's Partnership
A national, nonprofit child advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have the resources and the opportunities they need to grow up healthy and to lead productive lives. The Children's Partnership focuses on securing health coverage for uninsured children and ensuring that the opportunities of digital technology benefit all children and families.

Connect For Kids
An information/action center that provides tools and information to improve the lives of children, youth and families. Provides information regarding more than 30 topics ranging from arts to youth development, foster care to adoption, and welfare reforms to oral health.

Family Voices
Family Voices is a national, grassroots clearinghouse for information and education concerning the health care of children with special health needs.

Future of Children
Website and journal of that promotes effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, service providers, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research.

Stand for Children
A nonprofit membership organization that helps people who care about children come together to advocate for concrete, lasting changes that improve the lives of children.

The Child Advocate
A non-profit organization that provides resources related to federal and state child advocacy.

The Children's Partnership
A non-profit organization that conducts research, policy analysis and advocacy regarding underserved children.

National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality
The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is an action-oriented organization dedicated to achieving a world in which all children receive the healthcare they need.

UNICEF
International organization that advocates and works for the protections of children's rights. UNICEF's priority areas are: girl's education, immunizations, child protection, HIV/AIDS, and early childhood.

Urban Institute
A nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization. UI investigates the social and economic problems that confront the nation, as well as the national policies and public/private programs designed to alleviate them.

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FEDERAL ADVOCACY

Children's Bureau
The oldest federal agency for children. Located within the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. It is responsible for assisting States in the delivery of child welfare services - services designed to protect children and strengthen families. The agency provides grants to States, Tribes and communities to operate a range of child welfare services.

FIRSTGOV: Federal Government's Official Webpage
The official U.S. gateway to all government information: millions of web pages from federal and state governments, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories not always available on commercial websites.

National Health Information Center
A health information referral service that puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with organizations that are best able to provide answers. Established by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) , Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is part of the National Institutes of Health. The site provides news, health information, funding opportunities, statistics, and research resources.

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Develops and coordinates a wide range of national disease prevention and health promotion strategies, including the following programs: Dietary guidelines for Americans, Healthy People 2010, Safe and Bright Futures for Children Initiative, and Steps to a HealthierUS.

Office of Minority Health Resource Center
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health serves as a national resource and referral service on minority health issues such as: substance abuse, cancer, heart disease, violence, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and infant mortality.

THOMAS:
The Library of Congress' online site for free federal legislative information. This site provides a host of legislative resources including text of bills and major legislation for congressional committee reports, and historical documents.

US House of Representatives
Contains links to find and contact your local representative.

US Senate
Contains links to find and contact your state senator.

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STATE ADVOCACY

California Center for Public Health Advocacy
A non-profit organization that raises awareness about public health issues and mobilizes communities to promote the establishment of public health policies. The Center uses tools of public health-health education, social marketing, epidemiology, and grassroots organizing-to design policy solutions to address public health challenges.  

California Food Policy Advocates
A statewide public policy and advocacy organization that is dedicated to improving the health and well being of low-income Californians by increasing their access to nutritious and affordable food.

California State Legislature
Contains links to find and contact your Calif. State representative and senator.

Health Access California
A statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition of over 200 organizations working for the goal of quality, affordable, health care for all Californians.

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HEALTH INSURANCE

100% Campaign
The 100% Campaign is a collaborative effort by Children Now, Children's Defense Fund and The Children's Partnership, with primary support from The California Endowment. These organizations joined work together to ensure that all of California's children obtain the health coverage.

Cover the Uninsured Week
National campaign information, that includes uninsured fact sheets, data sources, campaign research, and legislative tracking.

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IMMIGRATION

Asian Pacific American Legal Center
An organization that provides provides Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and other communities with multi-lingual, culturally sensitive services and legal education. In-house attorneys and paralegals have developed expertise in a variety of areas, such as immigration and naturalization, workers’ rights, family law and domestic violence, immigrant welfare, voting rights and anti-discrimination, and have also worked towards building inter-ethnic relations.

California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative
A project of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), National Immigration Law Center (NILC), and Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN).  CIWC coordinates a statewide response to the welfare challenge facing immigrants in California.

National Immigration Law Center
An organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of low income immigrants and their family members. NILC is a leading expert on immigration, public benefits, and employment laws affecting immigrants and refugees.  

SIREN (Services, Immigration Rights and Education Netrork)
A Santa Clara County organization that empowers low-income immigrants and refugees through direct services, community education, leadership development and policy advocacy.

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OBESITY

The California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness Program (CANfit)
Statewide, non-profit organization whose mission is to engage communities and build their capacity to improve the nutrition and physical activity status of California´s low-income African American, American Indian, Latino, Asian American, and Pacific Islander youth 10-14 years old.

Food and Drug Administration
Responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

Healthy People 2010
A set of health objectives for the Nation. Used by many different people, States, communities, professional organizations, and others to help them develop programs to improve health. Developed through a broad consultation process, built on the best scientific knowledge and designed to measure programs over time. 

President's Council on Fitness and Sports
An advisory committee of volunteer citizens who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services about physical activity, fitness, and sports in America.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Food and Nutrition Services
Information on healthy eating, nutrition, and obesity prevention.

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PEDIATRICS

American Academy of Pediatrics
Website contains information regarding the Academy's, programs, activities, policy statements, practice guidelines, publications, and other child health resources.

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TOBACCO AND ASTHMA

American Lung Association
Fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.

American Lung Association of California
American Lung Association of California and its 15 local associations work to prevent lung disease and promote lung health.

American Heart Association (AHA)
A national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. AHA provided the first CPR guidelines in 1966 and has updates them every six years. AHA courses have trained millions of volunteers.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Non-governmental initiative to impact the nation's social, political and economic environment regarding tobacco use; change public policies at federal, state, and local levels; and increase the number of organization involved in the fight against tobacco use.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. Institute plans, conducts, fosters, and supports an integrated and coordinated program of basic research, clinical investigations and trials, observational studies, and demonstration and education projects.

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