Children's Hospital Association Family Advocacy Day stresses the importance of children’s hospitals

2020 Family Advocacy Day

 Virtual 2020 Family Advocacy Day with Arvan and his mom, Leanna, meeting with their lawmakers over Zoom.Normally, a patient and their family represent Children's Wisconsin in Washington, D.C. in meetings with members of Congress as part of the annual Children's Hospital Association's Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event went virtual, with eight-year-old Arvan and his mom, Leanna, meeting with their lawmakers over Zoom. In first grade, Arvan started struggling emotionally and behaviorally at school, which began interfering with his learning, his friendships and his overall health and well-being. Other kids were sometimes unkind to him, he had trouble relating to his peers and when he got frustrated, there would be outbursts and running from the classroom. Sadly, he was showing signs of depression and made statements about hurting himself. Staff at Knapp Community School met with Arvan and Leanna and suggested he start receiving in-school mental and behavioral health services provided by Children's Wisconsin. Once therapy started with Kristine, a child and family therapist with Children's, Arvan's behavior quickly began to change. With skills and tools learned with Kristine and modeled at home by Leanna, Arvan was learning how to manage and cope with his feelings and interact more positively with others. Watch this video to see photos from their experience and learn more about Arvan's care!

2019 Family Advocacy Day

Congresswoman MooreIn June, nine-year-old Derell and his mom Etta, from from Milwaukee, Wisc., represented Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Washington, D.C. in meetings with members of Congress as part of the annual Children's Hospital Association's Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Derell was having trouble staying focused in school, fidgeting and talking out of turn. He started to show signs of depression as a result of his struggles in school and struggles with his peers. When Children's opened the Midtown Clinic close to their home, Etta brought Derell in and they began participating in the Integrated Behavioral Health Program which brings behavioral health therapists and pediatric psychologists into the primary care setting. Derell was able to open up and work on coping skills and strategies to manage his behaviors and feelings. His behavior transformed rapidly, his grades improved and he was getting along with other kids. Learn more about their trip to Washington, D.C. and more about his care. PS: check out the photo of Derell and Etta meeting with their member of Congress - Congresswoman Moore!

2018 Family Advocacy Day

In June, the Johnson Family from Kenosha, Wisc. represented Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Washington, D.C. in meetings with members of Congress as part of the national Children's Hospital Association's Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Gabe, 13, and his twin brother Jed, were born in 2005. At seven days old, Gabe was diagnosed with major congenital heart defects and had open heart surgery two days later. As he grew, he encountered other medical conditions and continues to be seen by many specialists at Children's. Learn more about Gabe's story and why speaking up for kids and meeting with their lawmakers is important to Gabe and his family.