MILWAUKEE (2/8/2010) - Children's Hospital and Health System launched Wisconsin's Children's Advocacy Network to help Wisconsin residents advocate for children in public policy. Through C.A.N., families, business leaders, employees and others can help ensure and improve the health and well-being of all children.
By joining C.A.N., members will receive updates on activities, learn about opportunities to contact legislators or be asked to participate in community events. Through the program, advocates receive action alerts and learn how to act quickly on key issues.
"Children cannot represent themselves on issues that directly impact their care," said Peggy Troy, RN, MSN, president and CEO of the health system. "C.A.N. gives the people who want to advocate for children – parents, community members, family members – the tools needed to advocate on behalf of children."
Children and families face many issues throughout life that are influenced by local, state and federal policies. Many confront laws regarding abuse, neglect, chronic illness or disability during times of stress and need the assistance of organizations like the health system to help them voice their concerns.
Advocacy efforts rely on the strength and action of volunteers who care about kids and want to make a difference. To sign up for C.A.N., visit chw.org/can.