Child Advocacy Track

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The University of Louisville Pediatrics Advocacy Distinction Track is a longitudinal experience that weaves an advocacy scholarly project, elective rotations, and focused workshop experiences together to explore the role of pediatricians as advocacy and child health leaders.


  • To create a robust experience in advocating for children on multiple population levels (individual, hospital/clinic, local, state and national).
  • To educate future leaders in child advocacy through innovative curricula, committee involvement and strong mentorship.
  • To foster and disseminate meaningful scholarly activity in the area of child advocacy.
  • To improve the health and well-being of children in our community through physician development and leadership.
  • To provide an avenue to grow as a resident through advocacy, while still allowing broad focus on all aspects of resident education.


Distinction Track Components

1. Mentorship:  advocacy mentor(s) will be assigned/chosen based upon area of interest.

2. Scholarly Activity: All residents will complete an advocacy project. Required components of this project will be:

a. Application for an AAP CATCH grant- Due January of PGY 2

b. Completion of an advocacy/ community health scholarly activity in topic of resident’s choosing during residency.

c. Presentation of scholarly activity at a local, regional or national platform in Spring of PGY3

3. Topic Focused Workshops (participation in at least 6 is required)

a. Spring PGY1 (can also include PGY 2/3)

i. Fundamentals of Working with a Community- including needs assessment and asset mapping. Will have a windshield survey incorporated.

b. PGY2

i. Research I- forming a question and literature review.

ii. Grant writing – CATCH grants and project review

iii. Leadership - strengths-based leadership (PGY 2/3 combined) – every other year

iv. Health Policy - in conjunction with UofL School of Public Health. (PGY 2/3 combined) - every year, will complete advocacy background and strategy (adapted from AAP)

c. PGY3

i. Media and Writing- media training, advocacy writing (PGY 2/3 combined) - every other year

ii. Advocacy Journal Club (PGY 2/3 combined) - every year

iii. Research II- presentation and manuscript preparation

iv. Advocacy beyond residency- SMART goals

4. Electives (need at least 1)

a. Participants in advocacy track can elect Poverty and Social Justice, Global Health, Forensics, or Advanced Advocacy depending upon career goals

b. Can apply for national conferences including AAP legislative conference

5. Leadership

a. Track participants are expected to have a leadership role in the resident-led advocacy program PUSH (Pediatricians Urging Safety and Health). This can include:

i. President or other officer

ii. Committee member (community or legislative)

iii. Children’s Day Organizer

iv. Project leader or event organizer

b. Create an advocacy learning module (podcast, blackboard module, etc.) on a topic of your choice

c. Establish or continue a relationship with a community partner. This can be individualized to the resident’s career goals and should demonstrate how a pediatrician (either general or subspecialty) can be a lifelong advocate. Examples include a group home, school, Medicaid, AAP chapter. This relationship can be part of your scholarly project but does not have to be.

6. Advocacy Portfolio - In the Spring PGY3 year, each participant will give a 20 minute presentation which includes summary of the following:

a. Scholarly project

b. Learning module

c. Advocacy writing/ Advocacy policy background and strategy

d. Community Partner report

e. SMART goal

Residents who successfully complete the required elements will graduate with a certificate and letter of distinction from the track coordinator.