I hope that you will be able to join us and help spread the word about a very important Twitter chat this week for Speak Now for Kids.
The Children’s Hospital Association, children’s hospitals across the country and organizations focused on child health are collaborating to develop and grow an online network for health care providers, parents, caregivers and other child advocates who care about kids and want them to reach their full health potential.
Called Speak Now for Kids, the network seeks to raise awareness of the health challenges children and families face in a changing health care environment. On the Speak Now for Kids website, you can become a champion, learn about the issues affecting children’s health care, take action for kids and more. Why now? As our health care system is changing, it’s important to become champions for children’s health and speak out in real time about their experiences with the health care system, about their concerns and their hopes for the future.
Join us to learn more about how you can help at the…
Speak Now for Kids Twitter Chat
When: Thursday, November 7th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more about how to participate in a Twitter Party.
- An infant safety kit from Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital #MWPH that includes stove and oven knob covers, Oven/microwave lock, electrical plug covers, infant t-shirt and rubber duckie.
• An American Girl Doll
• Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Kit for game console of choice
• A $50 giftcard from Target
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18 and older. Winners will be chosen from those using the #SpeakNowForKids tag during the party hour.
Speak Now for Kids is a nonpartisan online advocacy network designed to help raise public awareness of the unique challenges children and families face in our changing health care system.
Speak Now for Kids is powered by children’s hospital members of the Children’s Hospital Association.
The Association counts more than 200 children’s hospitals nationwide as partners who are developing and expanding Speak Now for Kids by steering patient families and community advocates to the website and sharing their expertise. In addition Speak Now for Kids has supporters—organizations that express support for the community and share a commitment to child health and well-being, and believe in the importance of raising awareness about child health needs.
How can YOU begin to participate in Speak Now for Kids?
To get started, visit www.speaknowforkids.org and become a “champion for children’s health” by submitting your name and zip codes. This action places an advocate on a U.S. map and aligns you with a Congressional district. While there, submit a story on why children’s health care is important to you in print, video, audio or pictorial format and read what others in the community have to say about their experiences. You are welcome to further explore the website by learning about Speak Now for Kids issues, citizen advocacy and reading the blog posts. You may even be asked to send a letter to your members of Congress letting them know why action certain programs, such as Medicaid and the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education program, is important to you and your child.
About Aimee Ossman
Aimee C. Ossman
Director, Policy Analysis
Aimee is currently the Director of Policy Analysis at the Children’s Hospital Association. The Association represents the interests of more than 220 institutions in the United States including freestanding acute care children’s hospitals, pediatric departments of major medical centers, and pediatric specialty hospitals. Aimee manages the Association’s policy analysis agenda, which supports children’s hospitals’ state and federal advocacy on Medicaid and CHIP. This includes leading the Associations efforts to influence implementation of major health policies that impact children’s hospitals and their patients.
Aimee joined the Association in April 2001 as the Associate Director, Medicaid and State Policy and became Director in 2005. Prior to joining the Association, Aimee held a variety of health policy positions inside and outside of government. Most recently, Aimee was a Health Insurance Specialist with the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) (now called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) working on health care work incentives for employed people with disabilities. Before HCFA, Aimee worked for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau on a variety of children’s health issues. Aimee has also served as a health policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington, DC.
Aimee holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
About Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus
Mr. Lesley has more than 20 years of public policy experience at all levels of government and a demonstrated commitment to making children’s lives better. Lesley directs all aspects of policy development and internal operations at First Focus.
In 12 years on Capitol Hill, Lesley worked on health care, education, human services, and immigration issues in several different capacities. Most recently he served as Senior Health Policy Advisor on the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He also worked for U.S. Senator Bob Graham on the Senate Finance Committee, served as minority Chief of Staff for the Senate Special Committee on Aging and was an aide in the offices of U.S. Representatives Ronald Coleman and Diana DeGette.
Lesley advocated for better healthcare for children as the Director of Congressional Relations for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and as Director of Government Relations for Thomason General Hospital, a public hospital in El Paso, Texas. Lesley holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland University College, in College Park, Maryland. He also attended the University of Texas at El Paso and University of Texas at Austin.
Bruce resides in Maryland with his wife and four children.