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Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award


The AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award, supported by the Dyson Foundation, celebrates the outstanding efforts of pediatricians-in-training as they work in their communities to improve the health of children.

This award seeks to showcase projects that are designed and implemented by residents with the aim to improve the lives of children. We hope that rewarding exemplary resident-driven efforts will promote increased advocacy efforts by residents in the future and provide an opportunity for residents to help each other to plan future advocacy programs.

Eligibility and Selection​:

  • Any resident led project that included advocacy on behalf of children is eligible for this award. Medical Students and Fellowship Trainees are not eligible for this award. 
  • Projects must have been fully implemented and completed before the time of application to be considered eligible for this award. 
  • Awards are based solely on the application, a letter of support from a faculty sponsor or residency director, and any accompanying materials that are submitted. A committee of current section leaders and Community Pediatrics Training Initiative (CPTI) members will score each eligible application and select three projects to receive this national award.
The Dyson Award Program is now open. Please click here for the 2018 application.  You will be prompted to create a username and password. This will allow you to save your progress and return to the form later, if necessary. 

The Advocacy Award includes the following:

  • $300 in funds to advance the winning projects' goals
  • Travel and lodging expenses for two residents per project to the AAP National Conference and Exhibition.
  • Presentation of the Advocacy Award plaques during the SOPT Assembly Meeting at the conference.
  • Opportunity to display and distribute project information to residents and pediatricians from across the country at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition.
  • Press release and recognition in AAP News, SOPT News and Views Blog & State Chapter newsletters.

Awarded applicants should be prepared to submit photos of the project leader and co-leader. Application information and photos of those awarded may be used for follow-up recognition in the aforementioned publications.

Congratulations to the 2017 Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award Winners:

Project Leader Project Title
Emily Frank, MDSummer Health Bridge
Alissa Conde, MDEmbracing Mindfulness, Peace, Originality, Well-being, Efficacy & Resiliency
​Christian Pulcini, MD, MEd, MPH and Sara Harmon, MD​Trauma Informed Care for At-risk Families

Project descriptions for Dyson Award winners (2005-current) can be found on the SOPT Collaboration Site (under Important Documents). AAP login required.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail message to: Kimberley VandenBrook or call the AAP at 630/646-6134.