Pediatric Advocacy Program


To advocate for improving the health status of children while reducing health disparities in the Silicon Valley and its surrounding communities.

Program Overview

The Pediatric Advocacy Program at Stanford provides a coherent structure for local advocacy efforts and community partnerships at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) and the Stanford University School of Medicine (SOM).
The advocacy program is designed to improve the coordination of child-focused advocacy activities and local programs underway at Stanford. The program strives to provide a critical base for developing new initiatives of national importance defining how a major pediatric center can support efforts to strengthen local, regional, and national child health programs and policies through innovative training and community-based partnerships.

What is Advocacy?

A commitment to ensuring that all efficacious health and social services are provided to all children in need. Advocacy requires more than good will; it requires both a base of knowledge derived from analytic insight and technical expertise in advocacy, which must be learned through directed educational experiences.

The advocacy program seeks to provide a strong academic base for advocacy activities and recognizes the proper role of such activities within a university setting. Specifically, the objectives of the Pediatric Advocacy Program are:

  • To expand research on local, state and national child health policy issues

  • To enhance and sustain advocacy education of pediatric residents and medical students

  • To strengthen community partnerships and service activities