In its 2018 Policy Agenda,the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics urges Iowa policymakers to act in five areas to ensure the healthy physical and mental development of children:
Children’s Mental Health: Create a comprehensive children’s mental health system with greater access to crisis services and enhanced early intervention and prevention efforts
Child Health: Ensure children’s access to health care, support EPSDT, reduce the incidence of childhood obesity, and limit youth access to tobacco
Child Safety: Reduce childhood injuries and accidental deaths by supporting the Poison Control Center, limiting risks from firearms, and reducing school sports concussions
Childhood Trauma: Support Iowa’s Child Protection Centers, expand medical services for traumatized children, and increase physician involvement in child protection services
Childhood Immunization: Improve Iowa immunization rates through ready access to childhood vaccines, education about their safety and effectiveness, and strengthened school vaccination policies
The Iowa-AAP will have a consistent presence at the Capitol to support this agenda. If you would like to receive updates on its activities, contact its lobbyist at firstname.lastname@example.org.