Jennifer Cervantes, LCSW
(term expires 2025)
Baylor College of Medicine at Texas Children's Hospital

Hannah Perrin, MD
(term expires 2025)
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)


The Advocacy Committee is an interdisciplinary group of SDBP members promoting one of the SDBP's Strategic Plan goals - "to be a leader in advocacy regarding public policy for children and professionals in the field." Current goals of the committee include:

  1. Increase SDBP members' awareness of the public policy issues that impact the wellbeing of children and their families. Committee members review pending national legislature and policy initiatives identified through emerging SDBP liaisons/partnerships with organizations such as the AAP, SRCD, APA, AUCD, and Zero to Three.
  2. Utilize the SDBP Discussion Boards for updates regarding advocacy activities and opportunities as well as communicating to SDBP members as a whole regarding time sensitive information/advocacy action moments about national public policy issues and advocacy to equip members to respond at the national, local, and state levels.
  3. Increase the number of Commentaries published in the JDBP that relate to policy and advocacy topics. Also, increase reviews of books and films that have policy/advocacy implications as yet another way to bring relevant public policy issues to membership attention.
  4. Facilitate linkages with experts within SDBP membership when requests for support in conducting advocacy activities are received from SDBP members or from outside professional organizations.
  5. Educate SDBP trainees and all members to actively develop the knowledge and communication skills to participate in advocacy at all levels through the Annual Meeting.
  6. Work with SDBP members as a liaison to the board of directors regarding possible advocacy related opportunities for SDBP.

The Advocacy Committee meets at the Annual Meeting and by periodic conference calls throughout the year. SDBP Members are encouraged to join the committee. If interested, please email the chairs listed above.

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