Pediatric Advocacy Program

Legislative Advocacy

The Pediatric Advocacy Program engages in a variety of legislative activities that range from statewide advocacy collaboratives to resident training and resident-led advocacy work.

Residents Krista Birnie, Jeanene Fuerch, Noga Ravid & Melanie Atmajda represent Lucile Packard Children's Hospital April 16, 2013 at American Academy of Pediatric's Legislative Advocacy Day.

California Statewide Community Pediatrics and Legislative Advocacy Training Collaborative

In 2008 California pediatric training programs joined forces to explore how all of the pediatric training programs in the state can work together to strengthen and enhance Community Pediatrics and Legislative Advocacy training for pediatric residents-the state's future pediatricians. This collaborative has a unique opportunity to speak with a collective, powerful, and informed voice to protect and enhance the health of California's children. To date, the 13 member collaborative has met regularly to share and collaboratively develop training curricula. Additionally the collaborative has focused on how to work with government and media relations officers at their institutions to advocate for child friendly health policies. The collaborative is currently led by Lisa Chamberlain (Stanford), Anda Kuo (UCSF), and Gena Lewis (Oakland), and sponsored by a generous grant from the California Endowment..

Pediatric Resident Education:


As part of the Adolescent Medicine and Advocacy Rotation PGY2residents gain skills in policy and media level advocacy by engaging with hospital government and media relations officers, and faculty engaged in advocacy activities. During this rotation resident engage in individual advocacy projects where they pick a "hot topic" from a list of adolescent health issues. They engage in policy and media advocacy activities around their hot topic, which letter writing, phone calls to legislators and the AAP, letters to the editor, noon conferences, etc. For more information see Training in Community Pediatrics and Legislative Advocacy.

StAT Projects:

As part of the Stanford Advocacy Track (StAT) residents often engage in legislative advocacy projects to promote child health and reduce disparities at a policy level. These projects are led by our program Medical Director Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH in collaboration with Sherri Sager, Chief Government Relations officer at Packard Children's Hospital. Together they work with the residents to develop and implement legislative advocacy projects that are local, state and national in scope. StAT residents Arti Desai (Class of 2009) and Rachel Bensen (Class of 2010) are engaged in legislative advocacy projects aimed at systems and policy change.

Arti is partnering with community child advocacy groups in order to improve access to health coverage for children. She has developed a national social network of pediatric residents that can quickly activate physicians from across the country to weigh in on critical child health legislation. In October 2007, Arti and Lisa Chamberlain led a nation wide “Stand for Kids!” event in support of SCHIP reauthorization—41 events were held in 22 states. Despite the eventual presidential veto, the events gained national press that highlighted the collective power of physician voice.

Rachel’s project aims to provide legislative advocacy updates and presentations during LPCH and Santa Clara Valley Grand Rounds, as a means of educating our colleagues about current important legislative issues relating to child health. The goal is to influence the culture of our institution by making education and activism about child health related legislative issues both easy and a part of routine educational programs for people at all levels of training. The presentations will also facilitate action by highlighting simple ways health care providers can take action to promote policies that are favorable for children’s health. (For more information see StAT projects)

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