Pediatricians Urging Safety & Health (PUSH) Advocacy

Pediatricians Urging Safety and Health (PUSH) is a resident-led, resident-driven advocacy group that promotes child health at the local, state, and national level through legislative and community outreach. We collaborate with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), State of Kentucky, local schools, and community partners. PUSH leaders host the program’s monthly advocacy conference and help curate the advocacy curriculum and facilitate discussion of relevant topics in children’s health alongside our faculty advisors. Residents with a particular interest in advocacy can join PUSH for more robust advocacy training and experience.

PUSH’s involvement spans from managing a garden for the local food bank to talking to our senators in Washington, DC about issues impacting the health of our children. Every year, we send a large group of residents to Children’s Day at the Capitol and 3-4 residents to the AAP Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. We also host a friendly resident competition called the “Tri-Resident Cup” each year. Our 2019 Tri-Resident Cup was our most successful competition to date, resulting in 4110 donated food items, 3115 children’s books for our clinic’s early reading program, 932 meaningful points of contact with our legislators, and $1822 raised for community safety equipment!


PUSH celebrated a year full of advocacy in 2019-2020!

  • Smoketown Community Garden
  • Southwest Kindergarten ReadyFest
  • Norton Splash 'n Dash
  • Family Resource & Youth Service Centers Back to School Fest
  • Smoketown Family Wellness Neighborhood Celebration
  • Smoketown Trunk or Treat
  • Tri-Resident Cup
  • Children's Advocacy Day at the Capitol
  • University of Louisville School of Medicine Gun Violence Prevention Week
  • Norton Children’s & Hospitals Week: Building Healthy Superheroes
  • Leonard P. Rome CATCH Visiting Professorship


 We were the proud recipients of the Leonard P. Rome CATCH Visiting Professorship Grant for 2019-2020 and had the pleasure of working with Dr. Ben Hoffman to strengthen our advocacy training, increase the sustainability of our projects, and enhance collaboration within our community.

We are looking forward to another great year of advocacy!

Learn more about our Department of Pediatrics

Meet Our Team  


Current Member(s)

Title Description




Amy Fletcher

Erica Ramsey

These positions work together to help create the framework for PUSH.


Tasks Include:

  • Setting up the monthly PUSH noon conferences, including choosing topics and inviting speakers
  • Collaborating with the community to plan and organize monthly volunteer events
  • Working with medical students in the Pediatrics Student Interest Group and Student National Medical Association (SNMA) to increase community presence and collaborative initiatives
  • Facilitating the legislative and community branches of PUSH to ensure projects are executed as scheduled
  • Act as delegates to AAP on behalf of the department


Presidents elect utilize the elect year to learn how the organization runs, get to know community partners, and act as additional support to the executive committee.


Co-Presidents Elect 


Atalee Cummings

Naomi Warnick

Community Liaisons

Addie Dodson

Ibrahim Sherif

Adam Neff

Esper Wadih

The community outreach committee works together to engage various local and community partners to facilitate outreach events and projects.


Tasks Include:

  • Acting as a liaison between our group and Smoketown Wellness Center, a local downtown neighborhood multipurpose health center that has created opportunities for advocacy through medical care, food security, and summer programs/events
  • Facilitating sexual health advocacy by coordinating educational sessions with local middle and high schools, creation of educational materials, and advocacy for comprehensive sexual health education at the school board level
  • Collaboration with local food pantries and farmers to provide access to health foods for all members of our community

Acting as event leaders for various community outreach events by serving as point contact for community partners and facilitating resident participation

Legislative Committee

Michelle Degen

Ginny Menche

Julia Sparks


The legislative committee works as a liaison between our advocacy group and our Kentucky state legislators.


Tasks Include:

  • Organizing our participation in Children’s Day at the Capitol by setting up meetings with state legislators
  • Following legislative updates from the AAP Department of Federal Affairs and facilitating discussion and engagement within our group when relevant
  • Coordinating letter writing and social media campaigns on topics related to children’s health

Navigating our group’s social media presence and digital advocacy efforts


Faculty Advisors

Brit Anderson, MD

Brit Anderson

Kim Boland


Amber Pendleton

Sara Multerer