FPF Advocacy Training Scholarship
In an effort to support Florida’s pediatric residents to expand their knowledge of the legislative process and appreciation of the power pediatricians hold to influence the Legislature, the Florida Pediatric Foundation (FPF) created an annual scholarship designed to send two first or second-year residents enrolled in a Florida pediatric residency program to attend the American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual Legislative Conference.
The scholarship recipients are paired with a member of FCAAP leadership for support before, during and after the conference, and are expected to accompany their assigned FCAAP leader to scheduled meetings with Florida Representatives and Senators during the conference. They are also expected to provide a report of what they learned from the conference and how they will apply such knowledge to their participation in future FCAAP legislative activities.
In February 2020, FPF awarded two inaugural scholarships to Issa Hanna, MD, a second-year resident at the University of Florida, Jacksonville and Shannon Glenn-Otto, MD, a second-year resident at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately, the 2020 AAP Legislative Conference was cancelled in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.