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Community Advocacy

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At Children’s Health, every resident in our program receives frontline advocacy and community health training as part of our core curriculum. We provide additional opportunities to expand this training through individualized curriculum, scholarly projects, public policy development, and community networking.

Community-focused Programs

  • Community Pediatrics rotation is completed by every intern. It features training in legislative advocacy, community resources, public health epidemiology, and a class-advocacy project.

Experiences include site visits to the Dallas County Health Department, North Texas Food Bank, WIC, New Horizons Program at North Garland High School, Vogel Alcove Daycare Center for homeless children, Parkland Hospital’s Homes Mobile Medical Unit, and other outreach programs. Activities within the hospital and University include educational sessions with experts foster care, child abuse and neglect, government relations, media relations, care of the deaf and hard of hearing, health literacy, and community activism.

  • Endowment-funded Advocacy Interest Group dinners cultivate grass roots engagement and leadership among trainees. Past speakers have represented the East Dallas Community School, the medical legal partnership at CMC Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, North Dallas Shared Ministries, AVANCE, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, Children’s Hospital Association, and Garland Independent School District.

Many residents choose to focus on community advocacy as part of their scholarly projects. For example, Dolly Sevier, MD and Deepa Mokshagundam, MD created an advocacy website. Many residents are also involved in national leadership positions within the American Academy of Pediatrics, click here to view a list of our resident involvement in the AAP.

With our program’s support, our residents have been very successful in obtaining funding for their advocacy projects through the American Academy of Pediatrics’ CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) grant program.

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