Child Advocacy Toolkit

“. . . It is not enough, however, to work at the individual bedside in the hospital.  In    the near or dim future, the pediatrician is to sit in and control school boards, health departments, and legislatures.  He is the legitimate advisor to the judge and      the jury, and a seat for the physician in the councils of the republic is what the people have a right to demand.”
– Abraham Jacobi, 1904

Child advocacy is the work of pleading, defending, publicly recommending or raising one’s voice on behalf of children and their families in order to improve their health and well-being.  Advocating for our patients – whether on an individual basis or within the community or to the legislature – is an integral part of patient care and pediatric residency training.   It is the voice of the pediatrician who can help the policy-makers – whether in the legislature, the school boards, or in the local community – understand and support the unique needs of children and families.

valegislatureThe Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to supporting the advocacy training and initiatives of its members and is developing an advocacy curriculum designed to meet the needs of the busy professional, whether still in residency or beyond.  For Virginia pediatric residency programs, this curriculum will provide some of the core components of advocacy training required by the ACGME.  It is hoped that each residency program will use these core components as a foundation on which to build other experiential and structured learning experiences designed to prepare our residents for the role of advocate.

Go to the Child Advocacy Toolkit for advocacy training materials and experiences that will allow you to put your advocacy skills into practice.