How Children's Hospitals' Advocates Make Their Voices Heard During the Health Care Debate

How Children's Hospitals' Advocates Make Their Voices Heard During the Health Care Debate

During the AHCA's initial consideration earlier this year, Seattle Children's Hospital partnered with Speak Now for Kids, the Children's Hospital Association's advocacy network, to pool resources and coordinate messaging to make sure Congress knew why the AHCA would be harmful for children's health care. Leading up to House floor vote, Seattle Children's published an op-ed written by hospital chief executive officer Dr. Jeff Sperring which ran in The Seattle Times. To encourage supporters to contact members of Congress and ask them to safeguard Medicaid for kids, Seattle Children's and CHA designed a trackable hyperlink, which the hospital shared through Facebook, Twitter and an email from Sperring to employees. The outreach generated about 3,000 messages to U.S. House representatives and U.S. senators in five states.

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