Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Legislation and Advocacy

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital's government affairs team frequently visits lawmakers in Tallahassee to advocate for children's health care issues. Learn more about the work they are doing and join us in providing a voice for all kids.

Speaking Up for All Kids

Voice4Allkids is the advocacy network for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and is an important element of our mission.

Advocacy simply means to speak up for and support a cause. Through Voice4Allkids, we speak up for the hundreds of kids and families who are not able to speak for themselves.

It's important for legislators to understand the concerns of the people they represent. Together, we have the opportunity to voice concerns related to the health, safety and well-being of children. We let legislators know that issues like Medicaid reform and graduate medical education funding are important because these decisions will impact kids who rely on Johns Hopkins All Children's for care.

Why Advocate for a Children's Hospital?

Children are not just little adults. Their health care needs to be customized and provided by people specially trained to care for kids. National studies show outcomes are better with pediatric-specific care.

Here are a few examples of how Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital does things differently:

  • Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital's sole focus is pediatrics.
  • Our well-trained staff help children feel at ease during a procedure, reducing the need for another screening.
  • We use equipment specially designed for smaller patients.
  • Many of our specialists treat newborns through young adults who have a wide range of conditions adult specialists rarely encounter.
  • With close to 100 of the highest-level care beds, our neonatal intensive care unit is one of the largest in the southeastern United States. Our expert NICU staff care for babies weighing as little as a pound.
  • Our Child Life specialists are part of our multidisciplinary team that makes a children's hospital unique. In addition to Child Life specialists, patients have access to a music therapist and academic support. These specialists add value by maintaining play as an essential, natural part of childhood. Play facilitates healing, coping, mastery, self-expression, creativity, achievement and learning, all which are vital to a child's optimal growth and development.
  • We provide training for parents to respond to medical situations after they take their child home and for clinicians through our Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education. We train first responders on dealing with children in high-stress situations.

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When you become a member of our advocacy network, you'll receive alerts with clear, brief background information and ways that you can help. There is no charge to participate and we will never share your email address.
 
We'll give you all the tools you need to take quick action, such as sample letters, phone scripts and contact information. In a matter of minutes, you'll be able to raise your voice for all kids.


 

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Meet Our Team


Kimberly Berfield
Vice President
Government and Community Affairs
P: 727-767-2392

 


Stephanie Sambatakos

Program Coordinator 
Government and Community Affairs

P: 727-767-2392