Child Health Policy Learning Collaborative - NAPNAP

Child Health Policy Learning Collaborative

Here at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, we know that our members are experts in pediatrics and advocates for children. With our Child Health Policy Learning Collaborative (CHPLC), members can expand their knowledge about critical issues impacting their practices and profession. 

The CHPLC is open to all NAPNAP members and meets at 8 p.m. ET via webinar on the first Wednesday of every month from September through May to discuss policy trends and advocacy solutions on national, state and local levels. We invite guest speakers to address timely policy issues affecting our members. In addition, there is an online community to share information on these topics. To be invited to the monthly call, please email

Guest Speakers

We will be on summer hiatus from June – August. Look for our fall topics posted here later this summer.

Past Meetings – View On Demand

Sept. 2 – Nancy Cavanaugh, CPNP-PC and Catherine Lux, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC shared personal experiences about the benefits of building relationships with federal and state elected leaders.

Oct. 7 –  Katie Huffling, RN, MS, CNM, FAAN, the executive director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments will discuss climate change policy, implications for children and ways in which NPs can be involved in climate change health policy. 

Nov. 4 – Meg Wallace, MSW, of MUSC Health will share information about the policy landscape for telemental health care.

Dec. 2 – Shannon Whittington, RN, MSN, LGBT Health Certified presented on best practices for advocating for pediatric LGBTQ+ patients.

Jan. 6: Nurse practitioner and policy expert Tay Kopanos of AANP will join us to discuss key state-level practice issues on the horizon for 2021.

Feb. 3: NAPNAP members and advocacy experts, Lacey Eden, MS, NP-C and Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC will co-present about grass roots advocacy experts and finding advocacy mentors.

March 3: Dr. Brigit Carter, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Duke University School of Nursing will discuss diversity, equity and inclusion advocacy and workforce development.

April 7: Childhood Obesity SIG Chair Laura Roettger, PhD, MSN, CPNP-PC will address advocacy related to pediatric nutrition and food scarcity.

May 5: Brandon Stratford, PhD MSW, Deputy Program Area Director at Child Trends, will join us to discuss his recent article, A National Agenda for Children’s Mental Health, and strategies to achieve a national agenda on this critical topic. Key links:

Youth violence prevention

Searchable list of evidence-based programs 


Notes from each call are posted to the CHPLC online community. If you haven’t signed up to be a member of the community, simply:

  1. Click here to access the Child Health Policy Learning Collaborative online community. You will be prompted to log in. 
  2. Click on the green block in the middle of the webpage that says – Join Community
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