I Resolve to Get Involved- Get Engaged in Pediatric Health Policy 2018

Important: This continuing education activity is crafted by the Legislative Chairs and policy enthusiasts from each of the NAPNAP Chapters in California (San Joaquin Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and San Francisco).

The fee is $20 for NAPNAP Members who are California Residents,  $25 for NAPNAP members and $35 for nonmembers. You must be logged in to use your NAPNAP Member ID# and Password to be recognized as a Member of NAPNAP. If you are a current member of NAPNAP, and you are being asked to purchase this activity, please contact the NAPNAP National Office at (877) 662-7627 to request assistance prior to entering any information.

This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post test will be awarded 1.75 NAPNAP contact hours.

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Copyright 2018© by National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). 

We present a variety of brief, multi-media educational sessions involving on an array of local and federal child health policies that are relatable and relevant to your practice.

Session 1: Health insurance and children – yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Session 2: Let’s get National: Federal implications for pediatric health policy

Session 3: Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Session 4: A - Let’s get local: State child health policy issues.

B - Perspectives on Pediatric Rural Health and Immigration in California.

Session 5: Updates on full practice authority and legal issues involving nurse practitioners.

Session 6: Speak Out: Navigating the gun violence epidemic with Senator Richard Pan.

Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

Session 1

  • Identify the three mechanisms that provide health insurance coverage for children in the United States.
  • Discuss why children require health insurance.
  • Compare and contrast Medicaid with CHIP.
  • Name 1-2 consequences for children if CHIP is not reauthorized.

Session 2

  • Identify 4 areas for pediatric nurse practitioner involvement in the federal policy making process.
  • Identify and assess the purpose of 4 current federal healthcare bills in Congress supporting child health policy. 

Session 3

  • Summarize the prevalence and risk factors of human trafficking for minors and CSEC
  • Identify red flags or indicators of human trafficking
  • Understand U.S. health policies and protections for victims
  • Review mandated reporting
  • Explain local initiatives in Alameda County, CA
  • Inspire you to get involved

Session 4

  • Attendees will describe the impact of immigration on the U.S. population.
  • Attendees will describe at least one evidence based adverse impact on child health due to immigration policy.
  • Identify the health care disparities specific to the rural pediatric patient.
  • Discuss the role of the Nurse Practitioner in health policy for this specific population.

Session 5

  • Participant will be able to discuss why full practice authority did not pass in California.
  • Participant will be able to name to legal issues that can affect the practice of PNPs.

Session 6

  • Identify some of the root causes of the gun violence epidemic in the United States.
  • Discuss some local California actions involving the gun violence epidemic.
  • Name three strategies for nurse practitioners to get involved in reducing gun violence.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.75 Contact hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


Session 1 - Eileen Fry-Bowers PhD JD RN CPNP, San Diego Chapter and Kristi K. Westphaln Phd(c) RN CPNP, San Diego Chapter

Session 2 - Mallory Fossa, MSN, CPNP-PC, CCRN, Los Angeles Chapter and Sarah Green, MSN, CPNP-AC, Los Angeles Chapter

Session 3 - Vanessa Puschendorf MSN, CPNP-PC, San Francisco Chapter and Torrie Patton, MSN CPNP-PC, San Francisco Chapter

Session 4 - Martha Grant Fuller, PhD, PNP-BC, San Diego Chapter and Sheri Poplin MSN PNP-PC, San Joaquin Valley Chapter

Session 5 - Melanie Balestra, JD, PNP, MN 

Session 6 - Senator Richard Pan MD and Kristi K. Westphaln Phd(c) RN, CPNP

Disclosures: Senator Richard Pan serves in the California Senate representing District 6.

No disclosures for all other speakers


Kristi Westphaln PhD(c) RN CPNP
847 Stevens Ave, B
Solana Beach CA 92075
Email: k_westphaln@yahoo.com


Available Credit

  • 1.75 Contact hours


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