Advocacy Training SIG

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The Advocacy Training SIG is composed of trainees (students, residents, and fellows) as well as faculty mentors interested in the development of training curricula and programs that promote advocacy education as a core component of pediatric professionalism.


The Advocacy Training SIG supports community outreach, health promotion, and health policy activity as an integral part of medical training and ongoing career advocacy for social change.


  • To support the development of pediatricians who are able to identify the needs of their communities
  • To facilitate exchange of ideas between educators and trainees in best practices in advocacy education
  • To maintain the presence of advocacy in professional development at academic training centers and for community pediatricians


  • Workshop development and support at the PAS Annual meeting
  • SIG meeting with support for trainee research and program planning
    • Themed meetings with expert discussants
    • Trainee plenary presentations and poster session
  • Support for CPTI programs
  • Dissemination of best practices advocacy curricula and innovation

Annaul Report

The Advocacy Training SIG session at the 2016 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting was well attended with over 40 participants. The session began with 2 presentations from subspecialists highlighting how they advocate for children within their subspecialty. Dr. Nina Kadan-Lottick, Yale School of Medicine, Section of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, presented "How Advocacy Drives my Research and Clinical Work in Pediatric Oncology: Three Stories." Dr. Shetal Shah, New York Medical College, Pediatrics and Neonatology, presented "Advocating for Advocacy When All Your Chair Seems to Care About is Billing." The last half of the session highlighted outstanding trainee advocacy projects – 7 posters and 3 oral presentations. We honored each of the 3 oral presenters with a $100 honorarium. The Advocacy Training SIG plans to collaborate with the Environmental Health SIG for a joint session at PAS in 2017.

The Advocacy Training SIG membership continues to grow. Following the PAS meeting, 21 new names were added to the list-serve. Three of the SIG's 4 Co-chairs' terms will end after PAS 2017. Therefore, we emailed a call for new co-chairs via the list-serve. To date, we have 6 interested individuals. We will hold an election this summer, inviting all SIG members to vote. The 2 new SIG co-chairs will begin their term after PAS in 2017.

April 2017 Newsletter Article

We are excited to announce an upcoming collaborative meeting with our Advocacy Training SIG and our Environmental Health SIG at this year's PAS meeting! We have an expert panel of experts focusing on our advocacy efforts in environmental health including:

Ruth Etzel, MD, PhD, FAAP, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Child Health Protection

Mark Miller, MD, MPH Co-Director, Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at University of California San Francisco; Director, Children's Environment Health Program, California Environmental Protection Agency

Robert Gould, MD, Director, Health Professional Outreach and Education at Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, University of California San Francisco, Past-President Physicians for Social Responsibility

As usual we will also highlight our trainees amazing work in advocacy including oral and poster presentations! Come join your colleagues and see the amazing work we are doing to advocate for child health in our communities and get a chance to network with like-minded individuals!

Advocacy Training SIG Co-Chairs
Sara Bode, Marny Dunlap, Margi Rosenthal, and Nancy Kelly

Environmental Health SIG Co-Chairs
Marissa Hauptman, Mamta Fuloria, Abby Fleisch

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Michelle Barnes, MD
840 S. Wood St
Chicago, IL 60612-7324
Phone: (312) 996-1125

Sara Bode, MD
1919 E. Thomas
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 820-7701

Leora Mogilner, MD
188 East 78th St, Apt 22B
New York, NY 10075
Phone: (212) 452-4804



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