Advocacy Training SIG

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SIG purpose/mission:
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.

Current SIG goals:

  • To support the development of pediatricians who are able to identify the needs of their communities and use their skills to partner with the community for improved pediatric health. 
  • To facilitate exchange of ideas between educators and trainees in best practices in advocacy education. 
  • To maintain and advance the presence of advocacy training in core pediatric education at academic training centers and for community pediatricians. 


Annual summary:

The Advocacy Training SIG had another successful session at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting in Toronto in 2018.  The focus was on social determinants of health (SDH) - how we teach our learners, how we screen (and teach about screening),  and how we empower our trainees to become advocates to address those needs.  We reviewed our current resources including the APA US Child Poverty Curriculum ( and the AAP Community Pediatrics Training Initiative resources. (

Next we leveraged our expertise as a group to brainstorm ideas to outline best practices regarding teaching about SDH as well as identifying gaps in our current curricular resources.  We plan to continue this important work throughout the year and will be sending out important updates on these efforts and how to get involved through our list-serve in the months to come.   As usual we heard from an amazing group of trainees on their important work in advocacy including Dr. Jenni Kusma, Dr. Jill Krissberg, and medical students Giancarlo Cardoza and Vanessa Olvera.  Their presentations were inspiring and showcased the continued dedication and impact from our trainees.    

We rounded out our session with a presentation from our Advocacy Training SIG mentor Dr. David Keller.  Dr. Keller has been working with us to continue to provide guidance on the ongoing activities of our SIG within and between our annual PAS meetings.  We are thankful for his wit and wisdom!

Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:  
AAP Community Pediatrics Training Initiative, APA Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, APPD Community Health and Advocacy Training Learning Community

Current SIG Co-Chairs:

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

Cara Lichtenstein, MD, MPH
2101 MLK Jr Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: (202) 476-6900

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

Current SIG Mentor:

David Keller, MD
13123 E. 16th Avenue, B065
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (720) 777-3058




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