Be an Advocate: Speak Up for Kids

Published On 07/11/2011

Speaking on behalf kids is part of our mission. The Le Bonheur Grassroots Network is an advocacy network of concerned citizens willing to contact local, state and federal lawmakers about health programs and policies that affect children.

We're making sure that our kids have a voice at all levels of government when important decisions are made.

The Grassroots Network strives to:

  • Increase awareness and community support for issues affecting children and the hospital's mission
  • Shape public policy in a way that benefits kids in our community
  • Ensure a better, healthier future for all children

Issues Le Bonheur has supported include:

  • Access to high quality health care for all children
  • Childhood obesity
  • Child passenger safety

It’s easy to be an advocate for kids. We want you to be aware of legislative issues affecting your child's well-being and be willing to provide support for those issues you believe in.

When a law or policy needs our advocates' support, we ask you to reach out to your elected officials. We only do this when we feel that your participation is critical. The tool we provide is very easy to use, and it only takes a few minutes to make your voice heard.

Current Issues

Keep Medicaid Strong

This year, Congress will make important decisions about the future of Medicaid. It is critical that your federal representatives hear from you about the importance of this program to children. Medicaid is the single largest insurer of children nationwide and plays a critical role in improving health outcomes for children. In our region, children represent nearly 60 percent of the Medicaid population, but account for only a fraction of total Medicaid spending. We know that investing in the health and safety of young children produces tremendous returns in their lives and benefits society.

Please visit our Action Alert to contact your legislators on this important issue. Based on your address, a letter will automatically go to the senators and congressmen who represent you.

Support Medicaid

Contact Maureen O'Connor at for more information.