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.

July 2016 Newsletter Article

Happy Summer Everyone,

At the conclusion of PAS 2017, Drs. Marny Dunlap, Nancy Kelly, and Marjorie Rosenthal will step down after completing their terms as Advocacy Training SIG Co-chairs.  Dr. Sara Bode will continue on for another year and we'll also welcome 2 new co-chairs. Nominations were solicited and elections for the 2 new co-chairs will be held June 27-July 22, 2016. 

Next year at PAS, the Advocacy Training SIG will partner with Environmental Health Training SIG for a joint session.  We'll post more details as we begin to plan out this exciting session!

Have a wonderful summer!
Your Advocacy Training Co-Chairs,

Sara Bode             
Marny Dunlap        
Nancy Kelly           
Margi Rosenthal    

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

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

Marianne Dunlap, MD
1200 Children's Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 271-4407

Nancy Kelly, MD, MPH
Children's Medical Center
Dallas, TX 75235
Phone: (214) 456-7691

Marjorie Rosenthal, MD
269 West Rock Ave
New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: (203) 785-6377



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