answer questions that are outside
the realm of your expertise or political in tone. Stick with what you
know — what children need to be
healthy — and your expertise as a
pediatrician will help you deliver
4. Think like a journalist. Learn
how to return to your key mes-
sages despite questions that may
be intended to generate irrelevant
or misleading information. AAP
Immediate Past President Benard
P. Dreyer, M.D., FAAP, reminds
us that as pediatricians, we are of-
ficially nonpartisan but unabash-
edly pro-child and pro-family.
It can be hard to maintain optimism
in the face of policies that threaten our
fundamental values. As an emerging me-
diatrician, I am learning that one way to
weather the storm is to resist such poli-
cies with credible, caring messages that
represent the families who generously
grant me the privilege of their trust.
Dr. Linton is a member
of the AAP Council on
Media, co-chair of the
Immigrant Health Special Interest Group and
a member of the Council on Community
Pediatrics Executive Committee.
• For speaking points on various topics
and tips on working with the media,
visit the AAP Council on Communications and Media website, http://bit.
• For additional help in developing a
message, contact Susan Martin, director of the AAP Division of News, Media and Public Relations, at ssmartin
@ aap.org or 847-434-7131.