Nov. 3 is just around the corner and pediatricians across the state are working to spread the word about the importance of voting in the upcoming election.
Check out some of the creative ways that NCPeds members are working to Get Out the Vote.
Levine Children’s Hospital: A Voting How-To Guide
After noticing the residents and attendings leading the way to promote voting in the 2016 and 2018 elections, the physicians of Levine Children’s Hospital decided to take a focused approach to promoting the importance of voting in 2020.
“As Pediatricians, making our voices heard is a powerful tool, one that is never more important than this November. For those of us working with residents, this means helping them use their voting platform, no matter how far from home they may have landed for training,” said Stefanie Reed DO, FAAP and Sara Horstmann MD, FAAP of Levine Children’s Hospital.
Burlington Pediatrics: Marketing Materials
Burlington Pediatrics has been using the Vot-ER Initiative (https://vot-er.org/temporaryhdk/) to promote the importance of voting in their community.
The practice team used the website, toolkit and custom QR code provided by Vot-ER, to create marketing materials for the office and social media. The free digital resources allowed them to feature their staff in the materials.
“The first day we featured our Facebook post, one of our staff members sent me a message expressing how proud she was of the work we do in our community. Her mom used our resource to register to vote for the first time. This is really meaningful to know that we’re empowering members of our work family and our community,” said Yun Boylston of Burlington Pediatrics.
Duke University: Teaming Up to Vote
Martha Ann Keels of Duke Street Pediatric Dentistry and Duke University didn’t let school rivalries get in the way of promoting voting among dental students.
“After learning about the Vot-ER Initiative via NCPeds’ White Coat Day, I reached out to dental student leaders at UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry and ECU School of Dentistry. Our goal is to make sure all dental students at both schools are registered to vote,” she said.
The Vot-ER Initiative promotes the importance of voting and the impact it can have on the healthcare system. The Initiative is dedicated to helping make it easier for patients to participate in the democratic process and provides a free toolkit for healthcare providers to use in educating the public about the voting process.
Piedmont Health Services: A Healthy Community is a Voting Community
Piedmont Health Services, Inc. has adopted the motto of “A Healthy Community is a Voting Community.”
Brian Toomey, CEO explains, “We wanted to find an efficient way to promote voting as an important part of community health, and to share practical information about voter registration and the voting process with those we serve in both our community health centers and in our Piedmont Health SeniorCare program. As part of this effort, we are so pleased to be participating in the Vot-ER program being implemented in hospitals and community health centers across the nation.”
Staff carry Vot-ER cards which contain a QR code that when scanned links people directly to a website (or they can text “Vote Piedmont” to 34444 for the website link), where they may register to vote and/or request to vote by mail.
To request a NC absentee ballot check out: www.ncsbe.gov/voting-options/absentee-voting
To learn more about scannable badges check out: https://vot-er.org/temporaryhdk/
Deadlines and more info on NCPeds’ Voter Resource page: https://www.ncpeds.org/page/votekids
We’d love to hear what others are doing across the state. Tell us what you are doing in your area!