Nov 17

Combating Antibiotic Resistance: Let’s Work Together!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2013 Antibiotic Resistance Threats clearly highlights the increasing threat of antibiotic-resistant organisms in the United States. Without effective antibiotics to fight infections, patients infected with resistant organisms are more likely to have complications, or even die. Unfortunately, the threat of multidrug-resistant organisms is compounded with the lack of new antibiotic development; however, with the growing awareness of the public health consequence of resistant organisms, there has been more government support to recognize, combat, and prevent resistant bacteria.

Nov 13

Don’t be fooled by the term, a “Lame Duck Congress” may see action

us-congress.jpgNow that Election Day has past, the term “lame duck” has been thrown around by pundits trying to describe what happens on Capitol Hill during this post-election period. At first look, “lame duck” would have you believe that nothing happens in the days between the election and when Congress officially ends. However, this is not the case at all.

Nov 12

Join a Chorus of Supporters for CHIP

CHIP2014-facebook-1200x627.jpgThe Speak Now for Kids community is proud to count MomsRising as a friend and partner in our common efforts to promote the health care needs of children. So when we learned that MomsRising is collecting 20,000 signatures in support of the reauthorization of the Children’s Insurance Program (CHIP), well we wanted join in their campaign and hope that you will too.

Nov 11

Save the Date: The Little Couple Go to Washington!

KAP_CHA_Advocacy_Day_2-053.jpgIt is official. TLC’s The Little Couple season premiere has been slated for 9:00 pm (EST) on Tuesday, December 2. We hope you will be able to watch and celebrate as the family travels to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Speak Now for Kid’s Family Advocacy Day to help raise awareness about medically complex children. An issue that is extremely important to both Dr. Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein, as they were treated for medical complexities arising from dwarfism as children.

Nov 10

Do you know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

JDRF_2-Color_Logo_PNG.pngDid you know November is Diabetes Awareness Month? To help raise awareness, staff from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, also known as JDRF, discuss common myths on the Speak Now for Kids website today.

We all know a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D) is hard on families as they learn to cope with a number of changes in their daily life. While people care, it is all too common for them to ask questions that reflect a lack of knowledge about T1D, such as, “When will she outgrow it?” It can be frustrating to explain the battle that all families face every hour of every day, and that can be compounded by having to deal with people’s common misunderstandings and misperceptions between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including the widely-held belief that T1D is not a serious disease. Here are some of those myths:

Oct 31

Your Voice is Important – Contact Your Member of Congress Today

1039861_10201476079844349_34927399_o.jpgThe Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a very important program that will be a vital piece in an important puzzle for children’s health care. As the end of the year draws closer you have the ability to help make an impact before it’s too late.

Oct 09

Speak Now For Kids and Mom's Rising team up for a successful #WellnessWed

Thank you to everyone who was able to join in on yesterday's very successful #WellnessWed Twitter Chat. With 139 contributors, including numerous hospitals and Dr. Jennifer Arnold, using the #WellnessWed hashtag more than 1.5 million people were able to learn more about children with medical complexity and the ACE Kids Act. 

If you didn't have a chance to participate, we put together a Storify to allow you to follow along. 

Oct 02

Children – the silent witness of domestic violence

October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Until recently, when talking about domestic violence not too many people think about the toll it also has on children.

Oct 01

The Countdown has Begun -- #ExtendChip

2014MomsRising-7-logo.jpgOn October 1, 2015—one year from today—the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will no longer receive funding. Congress must intervene soon to save this CHIP, a program that works for kids and has a long track-record of success and bipartisan support in Congress.

Sep 30

Save the Date: #Wellness Wednesday is Back!

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On Wednesday, October 8, at 1pm ET, Speak Now For Kids will join Mom’s Rising for a Twitter Chat focused on children with medical complexity. Make sure to join us by following “#WellnessWed."  

Hope to see you there!

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