Dear Pediatric Advocate,
Thank you for taking time to learn about RFDASH.
RFDASH was founded in 2005 by residents in the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children Pediatrics residency program, and is now organized through a collaboration of all the Massachusetts pediatrics residencies. It was established as a time for the pediatric trainees of our state to come together as advocates for the children of our shared community. Since then, we have advocated for over 27 bills, many of which have been passed and are current Massachusetts law.
During this yearly event, pediatric residents, fellows, and medical students (from all over Massachusetts) pick 2-3 state bills that they want to advocate for, learn about bills/themes from pediatric advocates, have official lobby training and then meet with legislation and advocate for the bills at the Massachusetts State House.
This yearly event would not be possible without the invaluable mentorship and support from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MCAAP). We are very proud of where RFDASH is today and are ever grateful for the help and guidance from MCAAP leaders. We are also exceedingly grateful to the Massachusetts Pediatric Residency programs and Massachusetts hospitals that help fund this event.
And finally, we would like to thank you. You, a physician leader, have the vision, the knowledge, and the experience to truly make a difference in the lives of children and their families through advocacy. If this is your first exposure to physician advocacy, we welcome you and are here to guide and support you throughout this exciting event.
You are our greatest asset and we could not affect change without your support and commitment.
Your RFDASH Co-Leaders
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MGHfC RFDASH resident leaders accompanying RFDASH 2014's speakers(L to R): Michael Epstein, MD, MGHfC resident; Rachel Sagor, MD, MGHfC Resident; Michael Hirsh, MD, pediatric surgeon, ardent advocate of injury prevention, Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Trauma and Associate Surgical Director of the Trauma Center and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center; Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, pediatrician, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI),Former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); Jonathan P. Winickoff, MD, MPH, general pediatrician and researcher with over 80 peer-reviewed publications focusing on strategies to address tobacco use and exposure in families; Lily Maltz, MD. MGHfC Resident
RFDASH is made possible by the generous support from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MCAAP).