After intensive work with Children’s Hospital and the Colorado chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CoAND) is moving forward with legislation to enable NDs to treat children under the age of two. Its bill has passed the General Assembly and awaits action in the Senate.
Since 2013, when NDs in Colorado became registered, they have been barred from treating kids under two years of age. CoAND – led by president Denise Clark, ND – has negotiated a bill that gives NDs this right so long as they provide:
a) parents with the recommended CDC immunization schedule,
b) refer parents to a collaborating licensed pediatrician; and
c) complete 5 hours of annual continuing education.
Opponents of the bill suggest that NDs are not sufficiently pro-immunization. CoAND, armed with a letter from AANP, has fought back. The association is presenting NDs as the conduit through which reluctant parents can have their vaccination fears listened to and dispelled.