In 2018, residents in StAT founded Stanford’s Pediatric Advocacy Council, which orchestrates grassroot advocacy efforts, education, and skills-building for all pediatric residents. Designed to meet every 2-4 weeks, the Advocacy Council helps coordinate efforts and disseminate advocacy initiatives that span the hospital system to respond to community, legislative, and national child health needs.
We support our fellow pediatric resident physicians in creating systemic changes to improve child health in our local communities and nationally. We understand that health care is one of many important factors that influences the health of children.
How do we do it?
We accomplish this goal by working as physician-advocates through community-building, mentorship, advocacy, and education. We also seek to learn from and advocate with our local communities, our patients and our community partners.
Whom do we do it for?
We do this for all children regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin or immigration status, because improving the health of children improves the health of communities.
Our group has come from a vast background of experiences and interests. Together, we are working to tackle some of the greatest concerns faced in our communities and beyond. Our projects have spanned areas such as antiracism work, refugee family wellness, gun violence, public charge, new mother support, and COVID-19 response and relief.
Families at the Border
Families at the Border is a coalition group that started in the Stanford School of Medicine with the goal of promoting the health and wellness of refugee families.
We will continue to build our social media presence as a platform to advocate for health equity. Check out our page above!
COVID-19 Advocacy and Resource Dissemination
In collaboration with PAP, we will continue to provide resource navigation for COVID-19 in the community.
As pediatricians, we're passionate about the community health benefits of vaccination! Our efforts will focus on combating misinformation and highlighting scientific evidence.
Legislative and Community-Based Advocacy
We will continue to dialogue with legislators and community leaders to support and advocate for equitable health and wellness for all.
Teen Mental Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) has announced their 2021 annual campaign, "Kids Mental Health Advocacy" and we're excited to take part.
If you are interested in joining the Resident Advocacy Council please email: firstname.lastname@example.org