I would like to wish you a Happy New Year.
There is much ahead of us and the NYS AAP leadership is
ready to partner with you to achieve our goals.
Please read on for details.
Laraque, MD, FAAP
NYS AAP, District II
As a review, the NYS
AAP accomplished much in 2015. We can celebrate making
New York one of the few states that require a meningococcal
vaccination booster for middle school children. We
were able to lobby effectively to have pregnancy be an event
to trigger access to health insurance in the NYS. This
ensures healthier pregnancies and healthier newborns in
every part of the state.
Despite these successes, much remains to be done. This
includes support for: Paid Family Leave, Raising the
Minimum Wage for all workers, making New York a medical
exemption state for immunization in similar fashion to
California, requiring influenza immunization each year for
infants and children in child care and early education
programs, securing state funding to expand Reach Out &
Read, and Raising the Age for Criminal Proceedings.*
Many important child and family issues were left
unsettled last year.
* Bill numbers and text
will be available after January 13th when the Governor
gives his State of the State and Budget presentation and
the legislation session actually begins.
SAVE THE DATE!
NYS AAP Advocacy Day
March 22, 2016
To help focus our advocacy efforts this year, the NYS AAP
will have its Advocacy Day on March 22nd, at the
University Club in Albany.
We will be inviting key legislators and key members of the
Governor's staff to talk with us about priorities for
children and families in New York. The March 22nd
date will allow us time to create our Policy &
Legislative Agenda before key decision makers. It
will also provide us with ample time to assess the
positions of our Senators and Assembly members on our key
issues. And, we will still have time to weigh in on
budget issues which can and will impact children and
Mark your calendar now and make your plans to join us in
the State Capitol to meet state decision makers and have
the opportunity to meet with YOUR state legislator to talk
about our issues. The voice of the AAP continues to
be a strong voice in support of children, families and
communities. I thank you all for your Chapter
membership that is directly responsible for supporting the
NYS AAP's advocacy work at the state level. It
has been my privilege to lead you as the NYS AAP, District
Dr. Laraque Steps Down as
As some of you may
know, I have accepted the position of President of SUNY
Upstate Medical University and will begin my tenure on
January 14, 2016. With this new and exciting
responsibility comes a move to Syracuse, NY and a
significant increase in work and travel requirements. Recognizing
that I will need to give my full attention to the new role,
I am reluctantly stepping down as Chair of the NYS AAP,
My affection and commitment
to the District remain strong. I will continue to be
an active AAP member and have founded and agreed to Co-Chair
a new National AAP Task Force entitled Research, Openness
and Advocacy for Diversity and Inclusion (ROADI) in support
of the AAP's commitment to increasing the diversity of its
members and leaders to achieve all that we can achieve.
In that context, I will be happy to work with the
District on increasing member and leadership diversity in
support of its diverse NY communities as well as any other
issues relevant to the health of our population.
Our NYS AAP District II is strong and I am confident that
Dr. Warren Seigel, our District Vice-Chair, has both the
passion and commitment to steer the District on a steady
path as your new District Chair. I
encourage you to offer Warren both your well wishes and
your active support as the District continues to work hard
to be a strong and incredible voice for children and
families across New York State.
As we start this New Year, many changes are ahead, but the
work to improve the lives of children and families and to
strengthen the profession of pediatrics remains our focus.
I am confident that together we will make the
positive changes needed. Thank you. I have
been honored to serve as your District Chair for the past
four years. Be well.