To promote child health and reduce child health disparities though engagement in community-based or legislative advocacy projects in collaboration with local, state and/or national partners.


The residency training program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) provides residents with several opportunities to work in the community, and to develop and practice advocacy skills.

PGY1: Community Pediatrics & Child Advocacy Rotation

Interns are exposed to a variety of children's services in the community. They visit multiple community sites including: WIC, Pre-2-Three, Life Moves Homeless Shelters, YMCA, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, and many more. At several sites, residents have the opportunity to speak directly to parents and youth in an "Ask the Doctor" format. The rotation is directed by Dr. Terrell Stevenson.

PGY 1-3: Stanford Advocacy Track "StAT"

Residents with an interest in expanding their advocacy skills and working in the community to develop an independent advocacy project may apply for StAT. The advocacy staff work closely with residents to develop individual child health advocacy projects. During PGY1, residents identify a child advocacy topic of interest, apply for STAT, establish community partnerships, and develop project goals. Residents use PGYs 2 and 3 to implement and evaluate their project. As part of the StAT program, residents will participate in a StAT rotation during PGY2 and receive specialized training in community engagement and advocacy, with protected time to work on their StAT projects.

Program Objectives


Gain knowledge and skills in effective community engagement, applying the principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) to develop strong collaborations and meet community identified needs.

Program Planning & Evaluation

Acquire expertise in the development and execution of a sound program plan which may result in systems and policy change. Key skills include conducting an asset map or needs assessment, and program implementation and evaluation.


Develop strong skills in community-based research, using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods. Key skills include IRB submission, survey development, qualitative research strategies, and data anlaysis. 


Write and submit a grant to receive project funding. Potential funders include: AAP CATCH Grant, LPCH Community Grant, APA Young Investigators Award. 


Disseminate findings locally to community stakeholders, to the Stanford community (Peds Research Day, Community-engagement Symposium) and at national academic conferences (PAS, Regional APA, APHA). Key skills include abstract development, poster and oral presentations, and manuscript submission.