Dr. Richard Pan Receives National Child Health Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics

September 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA— California State Senator, Richard Pan, MD, FAAP, has been selected by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as the 2021 recipient of their prestigious Child Health Advocate Award.

“As a pediatrician and lawmaker, protecting the health and wellness of children has been my life’s work, and I am humbled and honored to have been chosen as this year’s Child Health Advocate by my professional peers in the American Academy of Pediatrics,” said Dr. Richard Pan. “Pediatricians are the world’s leading advocates for child health and safety, and I am deeply moved to have my legislative accomplishments recognized by our nation’s pediatricians.

Nelson Branco, MD FAAP, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter released the following statement after Dr. Pan received the award: 

"Dr. Pan has worked and advocated for children and pediatricians tirelessly and effectively," said Dr. Nelson Branco. "We all benefit from his efforts to make California a leader in child health, and know he is there to fight with us on behalf of children, pediatricians and our communities. We are thrilled his efforts are being recognized by the AAP."

As a pediatrician, Dr. Pan cares primarily for poor and uninsured children and co-founded Healthy Kids Healthy Future, where he helped secure health, dental and vision coverage for over 65,000 children in the Sacramento area. He has used his unique experience as a medical doctor in the legislature to pass laws that improve the health and wellness of all Californians. He passed landmark legislation to abolish non-medical exemptions to legally required vaccines for school students, thereby restoring community immunity from preventable contagions. He also expanded health care coverage to millions of new Californians, ensuring health care access will be there when Californians need it. He expanded the newborn screening program, ensuring that babies get the earliest diagnosis and treatment possible for life-threatening diseases. 

The National Child Health Advocate Award is given out annually and recognizes the significant accomplishments of public officials and private sector advocates who have served as a voice for children in state and local government. First awarded in 1991, previous recipients have included Roy Romer (former Governor of Colorado), Howard Dean (former Governor of Vermont), Michael Moore (former Attorney General, State of Mississippi) Christine Gregoire (former Attorney General and Governor State of Washington), and William Purcell, MD, FAAP (former State Senator, State of North Carolina).

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

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