PIDS advocacy endeavors include working closely with our sister organizations to improve children’s health. Pediatric Infectious Diseases medical professionals, researchers, and health advocates are integral in these partnerships. Partnerships can enhance community engagement in projects, increase community awareness of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases issues being addressed, and establish a framework for the continued support of research initiatives and services that support pediatric infectious diseases endeavors.

Advocacy Resources

From families to healthcare professionals — PIDS advocates have been at the heart of our nation’s greatest advances for pediatric infectious diseases. Learn how you can be an advocate for pediatric infectious diseases research advancement by contacting the PIDS Headquarters office.

Advocacy News

Find out more about PIDS’ position on issues impacting researchers, medical professionals, and families. View the following documents to read about how PIDS is actively advocating through federal legislation to improve pediatric infectious diseases awareness.

PIDS Joins IDSA Letter Supporting the PASTEUR Act

IDSA Rallies Support for PASTEUR Act: PIDS was among over 40 organizations in a recent IDSA letter supporting a bill backing antibiotic research, development and stewardship.

STAAR Sign On Letter

Support for the Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act

IDSA, HIVMA, PIDS Letter to House RE Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases Act

A letter of thanks to Representatives Lance and Kennedy for authoring the Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases Act

Joint IDSA/HIVMA/PIDS Comments to NIH Re Opioids and ID Research

The support from NIH is greatly appreciated – however, more needs to be done to combat the concurrent epidemics and to address outstanding research gaps

Kadlec PAHPA Letter

Deep concern regarding the serious threat antimicrobial resistant pathogens pose to American health and national security

PIDS Position on Non-Medical Immunization Exemptions

PIDS opposes legislation or regulations that would allow children to be exempted from school and childcare immunization requirements based on their parents’ personal or religious beliefs (non-medical exemptions)

Customs and Border Patrol’s Flu Vaccine Policy Breaches Basic Public Health Tenet

The decision to withhold vaccinations against seasonal influenza from migrants in border detention facilities is a violation of the most basic principles of public health and human rights

HIV Status Has No Place in Border Patrol Policy

We call for the immediate end to this violation of human rights

Request to Expedite Penicillin Allergy Regeant Kit

Penicillin skin testing is essential for eliminating the increased morbidity and costs associated with a false label of penicillin allergy

PIDS, IDSA, SHEA, and SIDP WHO Joint Statement on Defunding of the World Health Organization

President Trump’s announcement that he will suspend funding to the World Health Organization is against all of our best interests

Statement on Authorizing State Licensed Pharmacists to Order and Administer Vaccines

We support authorizing state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines for children

PIDS, IDSA, and HIVMA Comment Letter to VRBPAC on COVID-19 Vaccines

PIDS, IDSA, and HIVMA urge VRBPAC to follow strict criteria and ensure transparent review of COVID-19 vaccine candidates ahead of its Oct. 22 meeting.

Letter of Concern Regarding EcoHealth Alliance Grant Termination, 5/11/20

IDSA, HIVMA, PIDS and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene express concern about a coronavirus-focused NIH grant’s termination.

S-FAR Stakeholder Letter on AMR and preparedness

Stakeholders highlight the need to address AMR as part of broader preparedness efforts.

Recommendations for Increasing Vaccination Rates in Children and Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

IDSA, HIVMA, SHEA & PIDS recommend policies to increase immunization rates.

IDSA, HIVMA, PIDS & SHEA Comments on Proposed J-1 Visa Changes

IDSA, HIVMA, PIDS and SHEA call on the Department of Homeland Security to exempt physicians working in the United States on J-1 visas from the agency’s proposed rule in comments expressing deep concerns about the limits the change would impose.

PIDS and Other Organizations Commend HHS and DOD on Operation Warp Speed

PIDS and other organizations commend HHS and DOD on significant efforts related to Operation Warp Speed (OWS) being made to prepare for deployment of one or more safe and effective vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and to offer recommendations for maximum vaccine uptake.

Order to Reclassify Civil Service Posts Will Compromise Responses to Public Health Threats

IDSA, HIVMA, SIDP, SHEA, and PIDS urge the White House to rescind Executive Order that strips protections of civil service workforce.

Ignoring the Impacts on Inequalities Stymies Science

PIDS, IDSA, HIVMA, SHEA, and SIDP call on the White House administration to immediately rescind the Executive Order on Combating Racism and Sex Stereotyping.

S-Far Letter to HHS Requesting to Prioritize AMR for the G7

PIDS, along with other organizational members of the Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR), urge Acting HHS Secretary Norris Cochran to make antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a priority for the G7.

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