Visits and patient stories help educate legislators

Among the best ways for elected officials to learn about the important work being done at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is by visiting our facilities and hearing the stories of our patients and families.

Tours for government officials

We invite local, state and federal legislators and officials to tour our facilities. They often visit our hospitals in Milwaukee and Neenah as well as our primary, specialty and urgent care locations. We also arrange visits to many of our Community Services sites. View a list of locations in your district.

Families share their stories

We want patients and their families to share their experiences with legislators. You can call, write letters, send an email or arrange a face-to-face meeting to discuss your views.

Elected officials say it takes less than 10 individual letters or a handful of phone calls to draw their attention to a particular issue. You can make a difference with just a few minutes of your time. And we’ll help.

Each year, patient families travel to Washington, D.C., to speak with members of Congress as part of Family Advocacy Day. Meet Antonio Rieder, age 10, from Madison, Wis., who took part in this event in 2013.

Join our advocacy network

Children’s Advocacy Network will keep you up-to-date on issues affecting children’s health and well-being so you can contact your legislators on topics that matter to you.

Talk to your legislators

Know who represents you in the state assembly and senate and at the federal level. They want to hear from you. Tell your story and why children’s health and well-being are important to you, your family and your community.

Learn about lobbying

We have prepared tips to help you contact your legislators. Health Care Advocacy 101 includes information about lobbying. The Political Process 101 provides background on how the Wisconsin Legislature works. Medicaid Overview explains how this program helps kids and impacts Children’s Hospital.