The Ohio AAP’s Advocacy Pillar coordinates the Chapter’s state legislative efforts and overall messaging. Pillar members also aim to be the “experts at the table” for children’s issues in the state of Ohio. 

The pillar leaders spent many hours at the Ohio statehouse, meeting with representatives and other children’s and physician organizations, to advocate for our members and the children of Ohio. We welcome your involvement in this pillar and our advocacy activities. Contact Melissa Wervey Arnold to get involved!

State Legislation Watch List:

  • House Bill 193 – Would prohibit businesses from requiring their employees to to get the flu shot. The Ohio AAP opposes.
  • House Bill 226 – Would legalize the sale of consumer grade fireworks, including bottle rockets, firecrackers and missiles, with only minimal safety restrictions in place. The Ohio AAP opposes.
  • House Bill 273 – Would prohibit requiring physicians to have very important maintenance of certification credit. The Ohio AAP opposes.
  • House Bill 191 – Would amend the ORC regarding the practice of certified registered nurse anesthetists. The Ohio AAP opposes.
  • House Bill 131 – Would modify the laws governing the practice of physical therapy. The Ohio AAP opposes.
  • House Bill 326 – Would allow psychologists to prescribe psychotropic drugs. The Ohio AAP opposes.
  • House Bill 145 – Would establish a confidential program to treat impaired practitioners. The Ohio AAP is monitoring.
  • House Bill 7 – Would address medical liability laws. The Ohio AAP supports.


Recent Successes:

Advocacy 2017 Pillar Goals:
1. Improve Ohio’s Immunization Rate and Data
2. Protect Children from Unintentional                                     3. Firearm Injuries and Suicide
4. Target Special health Needs of Adolescents
5. Injury Prevention
6. State Budget
Take Action:
News & Resources:
• AAP Children’s Health Care coverage fact sheets from AAP
Find Your Representative
• Get the most recent advocacy updates in Ohio AAP Today, our weekly email newsletter. Contact Melanie Farkas
Become a Tweetatrician
• Read updates in the Ohio Pediatrics Statehouse Update