The Child Advocacy Toolkit

About the Toolkit

Welcome to the Child Advocacy Toolkit. Here you’ll find quick references for use throughout residency training and beyond.  The toolkit is under development, so check back often! Individual patient advocacy is such an important part of clinical care that all pediatricians must be skilled and comfortable on the individual level. But beyond this, we must also develop the skills necessary to advocate for children and their families on a much broader level − within the community, state, and nation. As a pediatrician, you are an expert in child health and what is best for children. Our discipline has a long tradition of working to improve the health and well-being of all children. As Abraham Jacobi said: “The pediatrician is to sit in and control school boards, health departments, and legislatures. He is the legitimate adviser 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.” The resources here, and the advocacy activities available to you throughout your training, offer the tools, skills and experiences necessary to establish your own individual advocacy foundation. Use these opportunities to the advantage of our children and their health!


Child Advocacy Certificate Program

The VA AAP is offering a new Child Advocacy Certificate for residents who complete and document certain advocacy experiences, as outlined in the attached Community Health and Child Advocacy Goals, Activities, and Competencies.  Certificate Requirements:

  1. “Meeting With Your Legislator” Video
  2. Legislative Advocacy:  Complete ONE of the following exercises:
  • General Assembly Day
  • Meeting With Your Legislator at Home
  • Federal Legislative Advocacy Training
  1. Attend at least one “Resident Advocacy Leadership Institute”
  2. Complete TWO additional exercises contained in the Community Health and Child Advocacy Goals, Activities and Competencies. 

Deadline for submitting completed documentation will be September 1. 
Certificates will be presented each fall at the business luncheon in Williamsburg.

Toolkit Contents General Why Advocacy? (powerpoint) Levels of Advocacy

History of Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Abraham Jacobi, MD: The Man and His Legacy, Burke EC. – Website

The Origin and Significance of the Academy’s Della Robbia Insignia, Beaven PW. – Website

Social Determinants of Child Health Influence of Multiple Social Risks on Children’s Health Larson K, Russ SA, Crall JJ, et al. –  Website

Revisiting the Social History for Child Health Kenyon C, Sandel M, Silverstein M, et al. – Website

Improving the Management of Family Psychosocial Problems at Low-Income Children’s Well-Child Care Visits: The WE CARE Project Garg A, Butz AM, Dworkin PH, et al. Website

Legislative Advocacy “Meeting With Your Legislator” Video (6:44)

Tips for a Successful Legislative Visit Legislative Resources AAP State Government Affairs – Website

AAP Office of Federal Affairs – Website

Community Advocacy Projects CATCH Grants – Website

Community Based Resident Projects Toolkit – PDF


Medical Home The Medical Home: Health Care Access and Impact for Children and Youth in the United States, Strickland BB, Jones JR, Ghandour RM, Kogan MD, Newacheck PW.  Pediatrics 2011;237:605-611  Website

The Medical Home Policy Statement, Pediatrics 2008;122:450 – Website

Care Coordination in the Medical Home: Integrating Health and Related Systems of Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Council on Children with Disablities, Pediatrics 2005;116:1238-1244 –  Website

Medical-Legal Partnerships for Children Why Pediatricians Need Lawyers to Keep Children Healthy Zuckerman B, Sandel M, Smith L, et al. –  Website