Feb 20

Congressional Briefing on Kids' Health Coverage

On Friday, Feb. 20, the Children's Hospitals Association and allied organizations in collaboration with the Congressional Children's Health Care Caucus hosted a briefing attended by more than 50 congressional staff entitled, "Medicaid & CHIP 101." This briefing is the first in a three-part Kids' Coverage briefing series planned for 2015. Panelists included:

• Amy B. Mansue, President and CEO, Children's Specialized Hospital, New Jersey
• Cynthia Pellegrini, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs, March of Dimes
• Elisabeth Wright Burak, Senior Program Director, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF)
• Dr. Marsha Raulerson, Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Federal Government Affairs

 If you were unable to follow Speak Now for Kids' live tweeting of the briefing, just click below to get a first-person look at the informative event.

Feb 18

The Mouth Matters!

By Patrice Pascual

WhiteBoy_in_Operatory_Wide.jpg“Families are surprised to learn that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood, and that it’s preventable,” says pediatrician Rani Gereige, MD, MPH, FAAP, director of medical education at Miami Children’s Hospital. “They may have difficulty accessing a dentist. So I teach our residents to examine a child’s mouth. Without that, we can’t know if a child is fully healthy.”

Feb 16

"Little Darth Vader" Strikes Back Against CHD

I'm Max Page, also known as "Little Darth Vader" from a 2011 Super Bowl commercial, and a proud supporter of Speak Now for Kids. I'm also a congenital heart patient who receives care at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. I'm grateful for my current health and advocate on behalf of kids like me with congenital heart disease (CHD).

Feb 11

It's American Heart Month -- A Look at Congenital Heart Defect (CHD)

Each year in the United States, about 40,000 (1 in 110) babies are diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (CHD), making it the most common birth defect in the nation. Nearly 25 percent of those families also learn that their child needs heart surgery or another heart procedure to survive—some needing multiple surgeries or even a heart transplant. Kids with CHD are not only affected at birth, but have a lifelong chronic disease requiring specialized care.

Feb 02

ACE Kids Act Will Help Kids Like Osvaldo

Sanchez_Osvaldo_HSC1.jpgIn Manassas, Virginia, Osvaldo Sanchez is a nine year-old who lives with a severe form of cerebral palsy. His pediatric specialist practices medicine in another state. Under this scenario, Medicaid may not cover all of Osvaldo’s care at that location, which forces his parents to a make difficult choice on whether or how to pay for his health needs. But if Congress enacts legislation introduced this week, Osvaldo’s parents --and millions of others across the country-- may get more flexibility in pursuing necessary care for their children.

Jan 27

This Week’s #WellnessWednesday Tackles Antibiotic Use


Join MomsRising at 2 p.m. ET on Wed., Jan. 28 as the Children’s Hospital Association and Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship (SHARPS) discuss when it is appropriate to have an antibiotic prescribed to a child – if ever – during flu and cold season; antibiotic resistance bugs; the development of new antibiotics and what it means for patients and antibiotic usage in farming.

Jan 26

Help Teens Shatter Myths About Drugs and Drug Abuse








Many teens are not aware of the serious risks drugs and alcohol pose to their health, success in school and future. What can communities do to effectively educate teens about the risks of drug abuse? One way is for school staff, parents, and students to work together to get the truth out.

During this year’s 5th annual National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) to be held January 26, February 1, 2015 The National Institute on Drug Abuse has created an opportunity to arm communities with the materials and tools they need to counteract the myths about drug abuse. Science teachers, health teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, drug prevention programs, and community support programs will use science-based information, available free from NIDA, in their curriculum, school assemblies, PTA meetings, and evening workshops.

Jan 07

January 5-11 is Folic Acid Awareness Week



 You never know what 2015 will bring. Will this be the year you have a baby? Because about 50 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned, whether or not you’re planning to have a baby, you can take steps that will keep you healthy and give your possible baby a healthy start in life. 

January 5-11 is Folic Acid Awareness Week and a great time to start taking a multivitamin with 400 mcg of the B- vitamin folic acid every day. Starting before pregnancy begins is an important way to reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain or spine called neural tube defects (NTD) by up to 70 percent. NTDs occur in the first weeks of fetal development, often before a woman even knows she is pregnant. The most common NTDs are Spina Bifida and anencephaly.

What is folic acid and why do you need it?

Dec 02

Dr. Jen Arnold and Bill Klein on Good Morning America


Dr. Jen Arnold and Bill Klein were on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday to promote the new season of The Little Couple. During the segment ABC Correspondent Amy Robach asked about Will and Zoey and mentioned the ACE Kids Act and Speak Now for Kids. Watch the interview here and take a couple minutes to visit the ACE Kids Act page to learn more and send your U.S. Representative a message.

Don’t forget to watch tonight’s premiered of The Little Couple at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on TLC

Nov 26

Life Lessons From the ‘Little Couple

KAP_CHA_Advocacy_Day_2-054.jpgTravel. It’s a word my husband Bill and I are both intimately familiar with. While we have been blessed to experience recreational travel—when we first began dating and on our honeymoon— like many other families, from childhood on, travel was also something that was a necessity in our lives. We both were born with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia (SED), a random genetic mutation to the COL2A1 gene which produces the building blocks of tissue in bone endings, the retina and inner ear bones. This malformed collagen results in short stature requiring corrective orthopedic surgeries, as well as vision and hearing complications.

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