Office of Child Health Equity

Learn more about our mission and our approach


To advocate for improving the health status of children while reducing health disparities in the Bay Area, California and nationally.

Program Overview

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital



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-engaged 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 Pediatric 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 advocate for local, state and national child health policy changes

To provide community engagement advocacy training to pediatric residents and medical students

To strengthen community partnerships and service activities that advance community-identified needs

To conduct rigorous research to advance evidence on the reduction of child health disparities