Leaders: Brit Anderson, MD, FAAP, Elizabeth Lehto, DO, FAAP, & Ashley Zerr, MD
Visiting Professor: Benjamin Hoffman MD, FAAP
Abstract: Pediatricians Urging Safety and Health (PUSH) is a resident-led, faculty-supported advocacy group at the University of Louisville which has been active in community and legislative advocacy for more than a decade. We seek formal evaluation of our current program with subsequent curriculum development to further strengthen our program. Additionally, we seek to develop strategies to navigate the challenges we've encountered with resident hesitancy to participate in legislative advocacy or discuss controversial topics, ensure consistent resident participation in advocacy activities, and improve collaboration with key partners.
Goals & Objectives
Strengthen advocacy training by improving the curriculum, addressing challenges, and enhancing community collaboration.
- Outline strengths and opportunities for improvement in existing advocacy program by conducting a needs assessment.
- Develop and implement activities to fill gaps in existing program and address challenges we've encountered
- Provide residents and faculty with tools to translate their passion into effective community projects, and also to foster sustained, academically-valued commitment to advocacy in order to improve children's health
- Develop broad-based relationships with community partners based on CATCH concepts
- Strengthen relationships between key partners, focusing on improvement of Children's Day at the Capitol and resident liaison positions at the AAP.