By now you've likely heard of the Speak Now for Kids campaign, a movement to raise our voices for children's needs in health care reform. It is a really well done campaign - very tech savy. For those of you involved in residency training it makes a great AM or noon talk to - they even have slides you can use. So please do this - we have until May 22nd. I've drafted something here you can tailor/forward to your colleagues (and friends) asking them to do the same:
I am writing with a great, EASY way to advocate for kids in the health care reform debate going on in Washington DC as I write. Please join over 2,300 people who have raised their voice on this issue - pediatricians, moms, and kids themselves.
Speak Now for Kids, is a campaign brought to you by National Association of Children's Hospitals, in partnership w/the Children's Defense Fund, American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, Children's Health Fund and First Focus. Just go to http://www.speaknowforkids.org/ to make your voice heard, leave a testimonial, upload a video, find things to add to your FaceBook, ways to Twitter, etc.
If you are looking for inspiration and want to see what others have said go to for the "Dashboard" of this exciting movement where you can see state by state who is saying what. www.speaknowforkids.org/report.php
Lisa J. Chamberlain, MD, MPH
"An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory." Engels
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Stanford School of Medicine
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
PS. In case you have any doubt that the time is now, take a look at the NY Times Health Blog here. The politics are lining up in a really interesting way.