Support & Advocacy for Pediatric Healthcare

Nicklaus Children's commitment to being 'where the children are' means providing more than just top-rate medical care to our patients. Nicklaus Children's Hospital actively advocates on behalf of children and pediatric healthcare throughout the region, state and country. We also encourage participation by both our patients and their families in our Teen Council and Family Advisory Council as we work towards making every stay at Nicklaus Children's Hospital as pleasant as possible.  Through summer camps, support groups, and fun activities supported by Radio Lollipop, Nicklaus Children's Hospital helps children cope with their condition and their time in the hospital.

Our Role: An Advocate for Children's Health

The mission of the Public Policy and External Affairs Department is to enhance child health advocacy at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. This office collaborates its efforts with our friends and colleagues in the community to reach out to local, state and federal officials in order to educate and create awareness on the need for, and importance of quality healthcare for children.

Our department is also responsible for:

  • Serving as a resource on legislative and regulatory issues that affect children's health
  • Representing Nicklaus Children's Hospital and staff in organizations that support the health and well-being of children
  • Coordinating grassroots advocacy efforts within the hospital community
  • Working with other organizations to support the health and well-being of children

Cancer Action Network - American Cancer SocietyTell Congress To Support Childhood Cancer And Pass The STAR Act

The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act would advance pediatric cancer research, increase transparency and expertise for pediatric cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), ensure pharmaceutical companies have publicly accessible compassionate use policies, and expand research into the long-term side effects due to childhood cancer and its treatments.

Legislature Contact

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, maintains strong working relationships with elected officials representing children throughout South Florida. Our Advocacy Team is actively engaged in keeping our elected representatives informed and aware of issues affecting our children.

United States Senate

  • The Honorable Rick Scott
    502 Hart Senate Office Building 
    Washington, DC 20510 
    (202) 224-5274 
  • The Honorable Senator Marco Rubio
    284 Russell Senate Office Building 
    Washington, DC 20510 
    (202) 224-3041

To find your elected officials write in your zip code below or, for a complete list of senators in other states, click here.

United States House of Representatives

The Honorable Maria Elvira Salazar 
1616 Longworth House Office Building 
Washington, DC 20515 
(202) 225-3931

For names and addresses of U.S. Representatives, visit the US House of Representatives website.

  • U.S. Capitol Switchboard: You can also contact elected officials by calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
  • Florida House of Representatives: Danny Perez 
  • Florida Senator: Annette Taddeo
  • Miami-Dade County Mayor: Daniella Levine Cava 
  • Miami-Dade County Commissioner: Rebeca Sosa

To obtain the name and contact information of your Florida State Legislators click Asked Questions

Advocacy Message Tips

As an advocate for children's health and safety, you will be in contact with elected officials on the local, state and federal level. It is important to be able to communicate effectively with your legislative leaders. Here are some tips for delivering your advocacy message.

Tips for Effective Letters, Faxes and Emails

  • Write to the legislators who represent your district.
  • Fax or email your letter if the time frame for action is short.
  • Limit your letter to one or two pages.
  • Clearly state your position on a particular issue.
  • Give your credentials when appropriate.
  • Ask the legislator to take a particular action.
  • Request a letter stating the legislator's position on the issue.
  • Express your appreciation for past or future support.
  • Send a copy of your letter to Public Policy & External Affairs Department, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, 3100 SW 62 Avenue, Miami, FL 33155-3009.

Tips for Making Effective Phone Calls

When time is short, a personal phone call may be the most effective method to communicate your views.

  • If you don't know the legislator, ask to speak with the assistant who handles health issues.
  • If you can't reach a legislative assistant, leave a concise message.
  • Once you reach the legislator or assistant, focus on a single issue.
  • Have talking points - or your own notes - in front of you when you call to stay focused on the message you want to deliver.
  • Mention the local impact of the issue on the legislator's constituents.
  • Clearly state the action you wish the legislator to take on the issue.
  • Limit your call to no more than three or four minutes.
  • Leave your name and telephone number in case a staff member has any further questions.
  • Send a thank-you note.
  • Keep a record of the conversation. If you spoke to an assistant, write down that person's name, so you can ask for him/her next time.
  • Inform the Public Policy & External Affairs Department of your conversation via letter, fax or email.
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