Marilyn J Peitso, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Hospitalist, CentraCare, St. Cloud
June 2019 Advocacy Champion
- Why 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.
- 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.
- 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)
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