Child Advocacy

Child Advocacy

Child Advocacy has been a consistent focus of the pediatric residency here at the University of Louisville.  PUSH, Pediatricians Urging Safety and Health, is the primary engine that has driven the advocacy program for the last 10 years.  PUSH is a resident-led and resident-driven program that is engaged in both legislative work and community outreach. We have nine resident leaders elected by their peers yearly and four faculty advisors who are very involved in facilitating the program. There are two subcommittees: the Legislative Committee and the Community Engagement Committee.  Both of these have leaders from each class that help us move our advocacy goals forward.  We also have representation at the community level on the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse and the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.  We partner with local and state groups for a variety of causes such as the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Jefferson County Public Schools and Dare to Care.  Monthly meetings are open to all residents and include community partner talks, legislator visits, work sessions, op-ed writing hours, and documentary movie nights, just to name a few.  These sessions help us move our fundraising events, legislative campaigns and educational programs forward. Currently we are working in areas such as teaching sexual health, food deserts, Reach Out and Read literacy, car seat safety and child abuse prevention.

 

Leaders of PUSH are active in the AAP Section of Medical Students, Residents and Fellow Trainees as well as the Kentucky Chapter of the AAP and AAP District IV, which includes Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina and Virginia.  We send 3-4 residents to the AAP-NCE meeting to participate in the trainee section advocacy day and another 3-4 residents, often leaders in PUSH, to the AAP spring legislative conference.  Trainees return and are able to teach their fellow residents what they have learned further enhancing our advocacy knowledge and skill set.

PUSH celebrated a year full of advocacy in 2016-2017!