President's Message

March President's Message

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President Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL

"Remember Rough Seas Make Great Captains"

-Joey Reiman

            Our global community is faced with unique and evolving challenges as we continue to respond to the effects of COVID-19. I wish our members and loved ones health, safety, and well being. I thank you for your commitment to caring for children and their families at this difficult time. I am confident each of you are responding with the utmost rigor and compassion.

            I am deeply saddened that we are not able to host our 41st National Conference on Pediatric Health Care. I want to personally thank our Executive Board members for their thoughtful and thorough approach at this time. We continue to act with the highest level of integrity and respect for our members. In the spirit of our responsive and trusted profession, we will move forward in finding creative ways to celebrate the achievements of our members that we had planned to recognize in Long Beach.

            Director of Education Laura Nelsen and Conference Planning Chairs Jessica Spruit and Stacia Hays and our wonderful Conference Planning Committee are actively exploring virtual meeting options that deliver high-quality education and highlight NAPNAP's diversity of clinical practices and acumen. Stay tuned for upcoming notices to members including opportunity for our student members to have access to virtual certification review courses. Please be on the lookout for notices regarding our annual business meeting where members will be able to join us online to hear about the great work we have accomplished in the last year. I encourage all members to log on to napnap.org and vote for your board leadership whose role will be instrumental in achieving NAPNAP's future accomplishments. Voting instructions can be found on our candidate election page.

           This year, NAPNAP continued to identify and act on many important issues in child health. We responded with an official statement as vaping became increasingly socially normative for youth and adolescents. We highlighted members' use of technologic advances in telehealth. We responded with our advocacy efforts to the unprecedented number of children who lack access to insurance coverage. NAPNAP members continue to research how we can best address adverse childhood experiences and the impact they have on children's immediate and long-term physical and mental health. We actively identify critical social influencers of health in our mission to support optimal child health and well-being. NAPNAP-with your help-- continues to fight for every child, giving them voice and being their partner and advocate. I thank all of you for maintaining your membership with NAPNAP to ensure that we can respond and be actively engaged in these and many other child health priorities. We can't reach our goals without you.

          My heartfelt gratitude goes out to all our volunteer leaders, our exceptional national office staff, and to the many conference speakers who helped prepare for our national meeting. Although we are not going to meet together in person, your contributions to children's health, our NAPNAP community and the profession do not go unrecognized.

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