AAP News TODAY 2016 - Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 1
Pediatricians Urged to Use Media to Make a Difference
By their very natures, pediatricians are
influencers. When they feel passionately
about an issue, they should consider using
the media to connect with people and try to
make a difference.
This encouragement came from Richard Besser, MD, FAAP, ABC News' chief
health and medical editor, in his keynote
address at the opening plenary session of
the AAP National Conference & Exhibition Saturday.
"What I want to do is make a case for
why I think that media matters as a way
of trying to make connections," Dr. Besser
said. "With our words, we (pediatricians)
explain, we comfort, we reassure, we
educate, we shape behavior and we inspire.
That's exactly what I try and do when I'm
on the air."
Dr. Besser, a pediatrician and infectious
diseases specialist, provides medical analysis
and reports for all ABC News programs and
platforms, including "World News Tonight," "Good Morning America," "20/20,"
"Nightline," ABC News Radio and "This
Week with George Stephanopoulos."
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In his keynote address Saturday, Dr. Besser said he is a big fan of using social media to reach the
"When I look at that camera, every
time, I am imagining that I am seeing
either one of my patients or one of their
parents, and that's the tone I use when
I am on the air," he explained. "Each of
us is here because we care passionately
about the lives of children and are trying
to make an impact in children's lives in
Dr. Besser joined ABC News in 2009
after serving at the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) for 18
years. Just prior to leaving the CDC, he
Use Media, see page 4
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Almost half of pediatric patients are poor
or in financial distress, and pediatricians
should support the Academy's mission statement for all children, said AAP President
Benard P. Dreyer, MD, FAAP, as he reflected
Saturday on efforts to advance the Poverty
and Child Health strategic priority in the
AAP Agenda for Children.
AAP advocacy also has focused on efforts
to improve food insecurity, health equity,
early brain and child development, lead
toxicity, toxic stress, asthma, homelessness
and immigrant child health.
"To solve any and all of these problems,
we need to do something about child
poverty," said Dr. Dreyer. "We have realistic
solutions that we know will work."
Dr. Dreyer recapped AAP efforts to advocate for
the needs of all children during his President's
Dr. Dreyer called for strengthening AAP
advocacy on government policies such as
Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Pro-
gram, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program and affordable housing.
"We care about children's futures, and
don't want to see them potentially trapped
in unproductive, unhealthy lives and intergenerational poverty as adults."
The needs of Central American children
crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to flee
violence also have been a top priority during
Dr. Dreyer's presidency.
He noted that his life's work has focused
on caring for immigrant children and families in New York City. He also has relatives
who immigrated - legally and illegally -
to the U.S.
AAP leaders recently visited the Texas
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