The most important advocates – our families

Next week, six families with children who are patients at Children’s Hospital Boston will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in Family Advocacy Day 2009. Family Advocacy Day is an annual event coordinated by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals that brings together families from hospitals across the country to meet members of Congress to share their personal experience with the health care system.

This year, we are excited to bring six families representing five different New England states, along with one of our doctors and several government relations staff members.  With such a diverse and spirited group, we expect to cover a lot of ground – each family will meet with the offices of their own Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and their own two U.S. Senators.

The primary topic of our meetings and discussions will be national health reform and ensuring that the unique health needs of children are being considered during the health reform debate.

The U.S. Congress is currently debating ways to make our national health care system work better.  Every aspect of health care in America will be examined in the coming weeks – from insurance coverage to quality of care to workforce shortages.

Our Family Advocacy Day participants are committed to making sure that the unique needs of children and children’s hospitals are represented in the discussions.  By sharing their personal experiences with the health care system with their own Members of Congress and their staff, they will put a real face on children’s health care!

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