Our strength as an organization is entirely based on the support and commitment of our members, so we strive to engage members in our Chapter.
Be a Member
First things first: We need members! Please help us by maintaining your membership and encouraging your colleagues to join. Membership dues allow us to do the great things detailed throughout the website. Specifically, more members means a stronger voice for children and pediatricians in Olympia as well as giving the WCAAP a greater ability to support current and future member opportunities.
Join us at a WCAAP board meeting
The WCAAP has quarterly Board meetings on select Friday evenings in the SeaTac area. We welcome interested members to attend so you can see what we’re up to. This is a great way to help decide if you may be interested pursuing a leadership position with the Chapter. If interested, let us reserve you a spot. We can attempt to arrange for travel with your local trustee.
Email, call or write your representatives in Olympia
The WCAAP offers an array of tools to help you voice concerns for child health care and issues that affect your day-to-day practice. We make it easy for you to reach out to your legislators to share your expertise.
Get more involved in an area of interest
Pediatrics experts across the state lead many educational and research efforts. Look over our list of key contacts and committees and send us an inquiry to see how you can pitch in or start a project of your own in your area of interest.
Become a legislative liaison
In order to ensure a voice for children and pediatricians is heard, we have developed a program that connects area pediatricians with their district representatives. This program helps members establish and foster relationships with their local representatives and is an essential part of our ability to have WCAAP priorities heard in Olympia. This does not need to be major time commitment, and you will be given advice and support by others already involved. If you’d like to get more information or become a liaison for the chapter, let us know.
Participate in Advocacy Day
WCAAP sponsors an annual event to educate members about our political system and connect them to their own state legislators. Past events have included meetings with the Governor’s Office and conversations with leaders from both political parties. Advocacy Days are typically held in early February each year. Click here to register for our Feb. 15, 2019 Advocacy Day!
Participate in PROS
There are many research projects that pediatric offices can participate in. If interested, the WCAAP can help facilitate you and your office’s participation. To learn more, visit the PROS website or contact WCAAP member Stephen Pearson who sits on the PROS executive committee. Recent studies have included measuring the amounts of nicotine exposure on children, collecting data to assess early puberty in adolescents and identifying effective interventions for obesity.
Send us an idea
The WCAAP supports its members and their ideas. Let us know if you have some by contacting the Sustainability & Engagement committee chair. We are working to create and foster member interest groups and welcome suggestions. Do you have a great idea? Please let us know.