TNAAP Day on the Hill

Each year we invite members to join us for a day of advocacy. We plan to hold 2024’s event on Wednesday, March 6.

The day includes a general overview of the legislative process, a discussion of current proposed legislation, plus individual and group meetings with legislators and leadership.

This is your chance to get involved and speak out on behalf of children and pediatricians. Whether you are new to the process or a “seasoned veteran”, your participation helps us make a solid impact with Tennessee legislators.

This image portrays Day on the Hill 2023 in Pictures by TNAAP.

Legislative Activities

The 2023 session of the 113th Tennessee General Assembly (TGA) adjourned on Friday, April 21, 2023. The 113th TGA will reconvene on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. Governor Bill Lee has also announced that he will call for the TGA to convene a special legislative session on August 21, 2023 to “strengthen public safety and preserve constitutional rights” following the horrific Covenant School shooting on March 27, 2023.

There were many “wins” for children and for pediatricians during the 2023 TGA session. Multiple anti-vaccine bills failed. The Safe Stars Act was expanded to include community -organized youth sports and private schools. A bill that requires local education agencies (LEAs) to provide 6 weeks of paid maternity leave for licensed employees also passed. Both the Safe Stars bill and the maternity leave bill passed with bi-partisan support. In addition, the physician-led, team-based medical care model in Tennessee was preserved as APRN and PA independent practice bills again failed to advance during this session.

Unfortunately, the 2023 TGA session also included several significant setbacks for children’s health in Tennessee. Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1, which banned all gender-affirming care for minors in Tennessee, passed. The new law is making national headlines as it is contested in the courts. TNAAP will continue to advocate for all children and families in Tennessee.  Two anti-vaccine bills also passed this year:  the Mature Minor Clarification Act (SB1111/HB1380) and another bill that created a homeschool immunization requirement exemption (SB644/HB252).  Both of these laws will decrease public confidence in vaccines and decrease the rates of routine childhood immunizations across Tennessee. TNAAP continues to work with partners across the state and nationally to better understand the legal implications of these new laws for pediatricians and to forge a path forward that will reduce the negative impacts of these laws on Tennessee children, families, and pediatricians.

Finally, TNAAP has been actively involved with legislative advocacy relating to the upcoming special session. The eyes of our nation and the eyes of history are on Tennessee as we try to pass bipartisan, common-sense gun safety laws for our state. Please watch your inbox for updates and ways that you may be able to help.

AAP Legislative Conference Sponsorship

Every year TNAAP sponsors Tennessee Residents and Early Career Physicians (defined as first 10 years of practice) to attend the AAP Advocacy Conference held in March.

“I want to say a huge thank you to all of the members of TNAAP for allowing me the opportunity to attend the AAP National Conference and Exhibition. I can’t possibly summarize all of the numerous amazing encounters I had. Nevertheless, please know that your support provided a future pediatrician with an unforgettable experience, and I truly hope that the ideas I brought back to my program will provide tangible benefit to the state of Tennessee.”
– Matthew Holland, DO, PGY-1 Pediatrics, University of Tennessee, College of Medicine – Chattanooga

Advocacy Education Series

TNAAP hosted four virtual advocacy sessions during 2020. We partnered with our lobbying firm, Schmidt Government Solutions, and the family advocacy organization, The Tennessee Justice Center, to address important topics of interest.

The four Tennessee residency programs participated along with other TNAAP members!

Missed a Session? View Recordings Here

Session 1: Intro to the Series, AAP Early Career Resources & Learning to Become an Effective AdvocateClick Here to Watch

Session 2: Understanding Health Disparities, COVID Mental Health and COVID ImmunizationsClick Here to Watch

Session 4: Mitigating Barriers for Families and Children’s Access to Health InsuranceClick Here Watch

Get Involved

Contact Ruth.Allen@tnaap.org to find out how you can become a part of the TNAAP advocacy team.