Advocacy Champions

June 2019 Advocacy Champion

Marilyn J Peitso, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Hospitalist, CentraCare, St. Cloud

  1. Peitso-(1).jpgWhy is being an advocate so important to you?  I need to get out of my pediatrician box every now and then and feel like I am doing something to change the status quo systems of care and government that can act as barriers to health and wellness for my patients and fellow citizens.  In a world where so much that happens is out of my control, being able to speak to problems, collaborate with others, and maybe influence a few things for the better, helps me sleep at night.
  2. What health-care related issue(s) have you advocated for over the past year?  I testified to the Minnesota State Legislature in support of the House bill to ban conversion therapy. I have worked within my community toward developing new mental health and child advocacy  services. I support MEDPAC.
  3. What advice would you offer to others who are interested in advocacy?  Just say YES!  Get out there, be an advocate, work with others, be a volunteer.  It may add years to your life.  Support MEDPAC.  It is a way to work collectively with others that share your passions, and don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.  All overused phrases for a reason (they hold some truth)

Past Advocacy Champions

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Interested in learning more about how to serve as an advocate for your patients and the medical profession, contact Juliana Milhofer.