We're parents, grandparents, teachers, nurses, doctors, hospital workers, teens — people like you, who care about how kids' health care affects our future. Join us and become a champion for children's health.

It's Easy to be a Champion for Children's Health Care

Our children depend on champions like you to be their advocates and to support policies that improve the well-being of all children. Whether you’re a patient, parent, staff member, or just concerned about our kids’ health, you can raise your voice to influence local, state, and federal policies. We need to educate our elected officials on how their decisions impact children’s health.

It is important that champions for children’s health care work within the law to change the law. Federal and state governments limit the amount of legislative advocacy in which nonprofit organizations may engage, but there are no such limits on concerned private citizens. Legislative advocacy by private citizens is constitutionally protected by the Bill of Rights, just like freedom of speech and freedom of religion. In fact, elected officials encourage petitioning the government; they want to hear from the people who elect them. As jazz great Wynton Marsalis once said, “We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.”

Follow these simple recommendations to increase your effectiveness as a champion for children’s health:

Learn about the legislative process
Find your legislators
Write to your legislators
Send a video advocacy message
Promote your positions through social media
Make timely phone calls
Meet your legislators
Glossary of legislative terms
Common policy priorities & additional resources