During my nursery week in pediatrics, we had daily conferences at the hospital. One of the conferences that were held was on Child Advocacy. Initially, I had no idea what to expect, and we were greeted by a community-based organization that focused on state legislature advocacy for children. My first thought was–this is a room full of healthcare providers, what is our role in this? But by looking at the faces and listening to the conversation of attendings and residents, it seems that all the doctors in the room knew that working for children outside the hospital was essential.
The organization talked about opportunities for busy healthcare providers to get involved at the local and state level. From phone banking to writing letters to sharing their clinical experiences, healthcare providers have legitimate experiences that can shape policy. And people will listen! It gave me a lot of pause to think about our impact as healthcare providers outside of the hospital.
What do you think? What experiences have you had where a healthcare provider has had influence in politics or within the community?