The Community Pediatrics Training Initiative (CPTI) improves child health by preparing pediatricians to be effective leaders and advocates through development of authentic community partnerships to impact systems and policy change for children. We do this by providing faculty development opportunities and resources, strengthening advocacy training and curricula, and encouraging collaboration across institutions to accelerate advocacy on behalf of children.

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CPTI Advocacy Portfolio

The CPTI Advocacy Portfolio is a tool that will allow faculty to organize and catalogue their work in engagement with Communities/Community Based Organizations, Leadership, and Health Systems, Legislative/Policy, and Media Advocacy. This advocacy portfolio can be used as both a formative and a summative tool, helping create a roadmap for faculty to document the success and impact of their work in the community health and advocacy realm. Faculty can use the advocacy portfolio to both guide their work, and to tell their story.

The template, while initially drafted by CPTI leadership, has gone through an extensive review process, with feedback and editing from faculty across the country, including leaders in advocacy and leadership training, promotion processes, department chairs and vice-chairs, and pediatric education. You are invited to participate in a brief voluntary survey related to use of the CPTI Advocacy Portfolio using the link provided. The template is available for download through the survey link, even if you decline to participate.

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CPTI Workgroups

Join one or more of our workgroups to help prepare pediatricians to be effective leaders and advocates by improving faculty development opportunities, enhancing community partnerships, and learning how to work for policy change.

- Leadership & Career Development (Co-Chairs: Debra Best, MD, FAAP & Lauren Gambill, MD, MPA, FAAO)

- Curriculum & Assessment (Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Hanson, MD, FAAP & Carmela Sosa, MD, FAAO)

- Networks & Collaboratives (Co-Chairs: Sandy McKay, MD, FAAP & Christin Traba, MD, MPH, FAAP)

To learn more, please view the flyer and slides. All experience levels welcome.

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Resources and Tools


Learn more about the current advocacy training grants and visting professorship grants offered by CPTI.

6 Drivers of Success for Community Health and Advocacy Education in Pediatrics

Explore these drivers to consider the strengths of your program and find resources for further development.​​​​


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