Pediatricians Are Advocates for Children
Our program believes that to be a Pediatrician is to be an advocate for children. Our residents receive training in the skills of advocacy and community engagement. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is uniquely situated across the street from our state’s capital. Our residents have the opportunity to see child health policy in action and meet with legislatures and lobbyists when in session.
All residents participate in the Child Advocacy and Community Pediatrics rotation during the PGY-2 year. Residents learn about social determinants of health and the health disparities that shape our community. They connect with over 20 community organizations and leaders working to improve the health of children in different ways.
Our residency program has partnered with Immerse Arkansas. Founded by Pediatric residents, we now host a monthly primary care clinic on campus for Immerse youth.
Residents can also engage with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) . Residents can serve as a Program Delegate in the Arkansas Chapter of AAP , help coordinate resident involvement in chapter activities, and attend the Annual Legislative Conference of workshops that culminates in a day lobbying on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Want to get more involved? Our resident Advocacy Committee develops and implements activities to promote child health in our community.