Advocacy & Legislation

The Maine AAP recognizes how critical it is to work at the state and national policy level to improve systems of care for children and adolescents.

Our Board, with input from Chapter Members, is charged with developing a legislative agenda and coordinating with other child health advocacy organizations to advance this agenda in the legislature. We keep members appraised of and alerted to important issues using the Chapter’s list-serve and E-Newsletter.

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We work closely with MMA’s legal counsel and participate on the statewide Legislative Committee. We also present an annual “Legislator of the Year” Award to recognize those who advance the health care of children in Maine. In 2019, we added a 'Legislative Advocate of the Year' award.

The recipients of the awards for the past few years include:

Legislator of the Year

2018 Cathy Breen
2019 Rebecca Millett
2020 Brownie Carson
2021 Patricia Hymanson, MD
2022 Michele Meyer
2023 Sam Zager, MD

Advocate of the Year

2020 Rita Furlow
2021 Nirav Shah, MD
2022 Carol Kelly
2023 Lynn Ellis