On May 25, residents and fellows from MGHfC took to Beacon Hill to advocate for children’s health at this year’s Residents and Fellows Day at the State House (RFDASH). This year, MGHfC trainees gathered in support of bills that protect the civil rights and safety of Massachusetts residents, increase access to children’s mental health services and improve public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net programs.
This year, RFDASH is aligned with the Resident Advocacy Committee’s Cause of the Month. Every month, residents and fellows select a cause for pediatric health and organize related guest speakers, conferences and volunteer opportunities for the cause. May’s focus was legislative advocacy. Previous causes included food security, immigrant rights and child abuse prevention.
RFDASH, founded in 2005 by MGHfC pediatric residents, is an annual event when pediatric residents and fellows of Massachusetts come together as advocates for children of the Commonwealth. During the event, residents and fellows select three bills or themes they want to advocate for. They also receive official lobby training and meet with legislators at the Massachusetts State House. Through RFDASH, residents and fellows work with the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and have representatives from Baystate Medical Center, UMass Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital.