Kids and Families Impacting Disease Through Science (KiDS) Advisory Board

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Battelle and the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are partnering to form a youth advisory board in Central Ohio called KiDS (Kids and Families Impacting Disease Through Science).

KIDS is an advisory group of children, young adults and families focused on understanding, communicating and improving medicine, research and innovation for children. The concept was piloted in Connecticut and is being expanded in the U.S. and abroad.  Teams are also being linked together to form the International KIDS Advisory Network (iKAN).

Program Objectives

  • Learn, teach and advocate for medicine, research and innovation that improves the health and well-being of children and young adults
  • Engage in the process through projects and consultation activities with hospitals, researchers, and other partners in the public and private sectors
  • Provide input on research ideas, innovative solutions, unmet pediatric needs and priorities
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of clinical studies for children and young adults (e.g., assent, monitoring tools, schedules, etc.)
  • Serve as a critical voice for children, young adults and families in the medical, research and innovation processes

The Central Ohio Chapter will be focusing on 4 key areas (listed below) and members will be placed into teams based on their preference. Members will be expected to participate in monthly team meetings and quarterly all program meetings. If you are interested in becoming a member of this program, please complete the survey link by November 7th. We will be limiting membership to 20-25 people. Applicants will be notified by December 15th. First Meeting is scheduled for January 14th from 5-7pm.

  • Medical Research
  • Healthy Life Style Choices
  • Web Resources to Make Good Healthcare Choices
  • Child Advocacy /Legislation for Drug Development

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Elizabeth Dawson at

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