DENVER, CO — Representative Yadira Caraveo, MD, FAAP (D-Thornton) today received the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) prestigious Child Health Advocate Award during a ceremony at the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the Colorado State Capitol. After receiving the award, Rep. Caraveo released the following statement:
“I am honored to have been chosen as this year’s Child Health Advocate by the American Academy of Pediatrics and am enormously grateful to the Colorado chapter of the AAP for helping to make this a reality. As a pediatrician and as a lawmaker, protecting the health and wellness of children has always been my top priority. I am humbled by today’s award, but I have no intention of resting on my laurels — not even for a moment. I will continue to work side by side with wonderful child health care advocates like the AAP to ensure more and better care is readily accessible to all children in Colorado, regardless of their family’s economic status.”
Dr. David Keller, Board Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Colorado Chapter and Legislative Policy Committee Chairman released the following statement after presenting Rep. Caraveo with the award:
“Through her work in the pediatric practice as well as in the Colorado General Assembly, Dr. Caraveo has repeatedly proven herself as a champion for children’s health. I am so proud to celebrate Dr. Caraveo’s accomplishments today by presenting her with one of the AAP’s most prestigious awards. I know I speak for all of us at the AAP when I say that I look forward to working with Dr. Caraveo as she continues her hard work to protect and defend children’s health.”
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).
Rep. Caraveo has used her unique experience as the only medical doctor in the legislature to pass laws that improve the health and wellness of all Coloradans. She sponsored a comprehensive sex education law and created a program to increase the usage of primary care to improve the quality and consistency of health care. She also was the co-sponsor of SB19-181, the most comprehensive oil and gas reform law to date which updated Colorado’s antiquated oil and gas laws to put the health and safety of Coloradans first. Representative Caraveo also passed a law to allocate funds to the 2020 Census to ensure a fair and accurate count of all Coloradans.