Advanced Competency in Pediatric Advocacy

The Advanced Competency in Pediatric Advocacy for pediatric residents fosters and encourages interest in child advocacy by early involvement and exposure to its many aspects such as addressing social determinants of health, community collaboration, health finance, health policy and legislative advocacy. This will be accomplished through seminars, mentoring, and completion of an individual project tailored to the resident’s area of passion. This project will include exposure to the academic lifestyle of pediatric advocates through meaningful scholarly activity associated with their advocacy efforts.


  • Develop residents who are well prepared to embark on an academic and/or career path in child advocacy
  • Increase resident awareness and productivity in community, health policy and legislative advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Increase resident scholarly activity on a national level in pediatric advocacy
  • 100% of participating residents will use at least two advocacy techniques in their first two years out of pediatric residency


Through participation in this program, residents will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of core advocacy activities on a community and policy level through completion of a pre and post assessment
  • Demonstrate use of an evidence based literature search, local needs assessment, biostatistics and epidemiology to identify a child health issue at the population level in our community
  • Devise a well-designed advocacy project to address a health issue at the population level and develop basic skills to influence policies, programs and systems to meet the needs of children
  • Effectively disseminate project results through an oral presentation and abstract at a regional or national meeting


  • Multiple choice knowledge assessment upon entry and completion of program
  • Presentation of advocacy project to residents and faculty
  • Abstract submission to regional or national meeting
  • Post-graduation assessment at one and two years to assess ongoing advocacy activities

Learning Methods

  • Literature review
  • Completion of a Project Planning Tool: Developing a Community Advocacy Project Proposal
  • 6 Evening sessions (1.5-2 hours each):
    • Introduction to advocacy: scope and possibilities
    • Identifying a health need: Use of biostatistics and a Needs Assessment
    • Identifying a Mentor and Community Partner
    • Advocacy Project Development
    • Incorporating advocacy into your career: further training, national opportunities and networking, personal goal setting
    • Evaluation and Dissemination of Project Results
  • Annual retreats with didactics and workshop activities devoted to framework of advocacy, career development and development of a sustainable advocacy project.
  • One on one mentorship meetings devoted to development of advocacy project to include identification of a community partner, faculty expert in particular advocacy area, and outcomes measurements.
  • Participation in elective advocacy experiences, such as Statehouse Advocacy Day
  • Experiential learning through design and completion of advocacy project

Program Requirements


  • Must complete formal commitment to the program
  • Begin with at least 18 months remaining in training program


  • Establish an advocacy mentor within 3 months of commitment to the program
  • Mentors should have record of advocacy related to pediatric health, safety, or community wellness
  • Conduct a semi-annual review with advocacy mentor

Research and Scholarly Work Product:

  • Project proposal completed using the Project Planning Tool: Developing a Community Advocacy Project Proposal
  • Project Proposal must be approved by mentor
  • Submission of a project abstract to a regional or national conference is mandatory
  • Presentation
    • Residents will present their project design and outcomes at an Advocacy Advanced Competency Grand Rounds at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Program Faculty