Nancy Walton Pugh Child Advocacy Award Recipients

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Nancy Walton Pugh Child Advocacy Award Recipients

This award is named in honor of Dr. Nancy Walton Pugh, who was a member of the UVA General Pediatrics faculty from 1998-2003. With every patient encounter, Dr. Walton demonstrated her extraordinary commitment to the care of her patients, compassion, and willingness to advocate in whatever way necessary for the well-being of each patient. The award was established to recognize outstanding efforts by a pediatric resident(s) whose efforts have led to the improved health and well-being of children and is awarded in recognition of an outstanding advocacy project initiated and implemented during residency.


2012: Dr. Stephanie Grice,
Dr. Anne Robertson

Dr. Grice has worked on obesity prevention for the past two years. She has led the resident QI project for evaluating children with obesity. She also received a CATCH grant to fund an after-school running club at a local school and is working to incorporate a nutritional component into her community work.

Dr. Robertson has worked on serving the underserved for the past two years. She received a CATCH grant to evaluate community health needs in the Westhaven and Southwood communities, has worked to implement a screening tool in the clinic to identify families in need of community referrals, and has been an active member of the VA AAP Board.


2011: Dr. Almea Matanock

Dr. Matanock has dedicated herself to improving the care of families and children since the beginning of her residency. As an intern, she organized a Greene County Asthma Event and obtained funding from BAMA Works to educate families about asthma and distribute spacers to children in need. She prepared and submitted a successful CATCH Grant proposal to develop and implement a Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK) questionnaire in the clinic to assess family needs and help families connect with community resources to address identified needs. She also initiated and prepared a CPTI Training Grant Proposal for Transforming Pediatric Residency Training to Improve Care for Underserved Children. In addition, she has worked tirelessly to advocate for systemic change, participating in Pediatric General Assembly Day and the AAP Legislative Conference. She is a pediatric leader and successfully engages her colleagues in her efforts to make things better for children and families.


2010: Dr. Cara Haberman,
Dr. Roy Wade

Dr. Haberman has worked for the past several years to develop and implement a student support group for adolescents with chronic illnesses and successfully obtained a CATCH grant to facilitate her work. She also participated in the AAP Annual Legislative Conference, an iintensive four-day training course on federal legislative advocacy.

Dr. Wade worked throughout his residency to improve health and access for families living in neighborhoods near the University. He spent an elective month focused on understanding community resources and outreach in order to improve health literacy and health access for these neighborhoods. He was also a regular volunteer at community events, including the Diaper Duty Program and the Orange County Health Fair.


2009: Dr. Ashley Logan,
Dr. Kate Schrecengost

Dr. Logan has worked tirelessly to utilize telemedicine to develop a Fitness Clinic Outreach Program. Partnering with the UVA Fitness Clinic and with Craig County school officials and community leaders, she developed the project, obtained grant funding, and is now in the process of implementation. As a result, children in Craig County will receive the benefits of a fitness clinic in their own community! As part of her work, Dr. Logan will also be evaluating the effectiveness of this program as a tool for expanding the reach of our fitness clinic. She presented her work at the 2009 Region IV Academic Pediatric Association Annual Meeting.

Dr. Schrecengost devoted her energies during residency to educating herself and her colleagues about using the legislative process at the state and federal levels to advocate for children. She received a John Lewy Scholarship to attend the AAP Legislative Conference and brought back what she learned to share with pediatric residents throughout the state. She presented this important information at a UVA Pediatric Grand Rounds, at the VA AAP Williamsburg meeting, and to colleagues attending the 2009 Pediatric Day at the General Assembly.


2008: Dr. Mark Cummings,
Dr. Arthi Krishnan

Dr. Cummings established the Louisa County Childhood Obesity Task Force, partnering with state leaders and attending the Governor's Healthy Student Summit in Richmond where he met and developed working relationships with colleagues from across the state. He also collaborated with local leaders, especially school administrators and principals. Dr. Cummings worked to identify existing community resources and coordinated the inaugural meeting of the taskforce. Since then, the task force has evaluated the performance of Louisa County schools using the Governor's Scorecard for Fitness and Nutrition Programs, identifying significant areas where meaningful change could be made, especially in the area of physical fitness offereings. They plan to continue to use this tool to measure progress. They also changed the drop-off location for school buses so that children are dropped off 1/4 mile from school and finish the trip to school with a walk.

Dr. Krishnan is a strong advocate for her patients and became involved in legislative advocacy for children. She submitted a successful application for a Dyson Resident-Faculty Scholarship through which she was able to attend the AAP Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2008. As part of this award, she worked with colleagues to develop a Virginia pediatric resident child advocacy workshop scheduled to be launched at the October 2008 AAP meeting in Williamsburg. She also presented her work on this project at a workshop at the UVA Birdsong Pediatric Conference. Dr. Krishnan plans to make the workshop an annual event to provide residents with the skills necessary to speak up for children's health issues at both state and federal levels.


2007: Dr. Denise Aronzon,
Dr. Amber Pendleton

Dr. Aronzon is a patient advocate with every patient she sees. She received funding from UVA and a CATCH Grant to start a monthly prenatal group meeting with high-risk mothers from the OB Clinic at the Primary Care Center. The meetings start in Summer 2007.

Dr. Pendleton worked with the Childhood Obesity Task Force and received a CATCH grant to assist with the first Family Fitness Weekend for overweight and at-risk children in our community. She has been a leader in this effort and involved other residents in this important work.


2006: Dr. Heidi Martinson

Dr. Martinson is a true child advocate who is very conscientious of her patients' needs and care. When a family needs more support and instruction, a patient needs social work management, or a patient needs redirection of care, Dr. Martinson is there. Her work with the Healer's Art program demonstrated her passion for meaning and truth in medicine. Dr. Martinson was the only resident to participate in this program, and then led her own group of medical students thereafter. Dr. Martinson also worked tirelessly as a Home Visit Leader, always caring for her patients as real, whole people who need all of their medical, emotional, and economic concerns addressed.


2005: Dr. Jessica Simmons

Dr. Simmons undertook a study of the effects of the Reach Out and Read Program on patients cared for in our home visit program. She applied for a CATCH grant to further this work. Dr. Simmons was also selected as one of twenty residents in the U.S. to participate in the year-long 2004-2005 AMSA Leadership Series Seminar focused on the development of physician leadership and issues of rural health in the U.S. As part of this program, she developed a study of the effects of the Reach Out and Read Program on the rural patients cared for in our Orange County pediatric clinic.


2004: Dr. Gretchen Huot, Dr. Elizabeth McGowan

Dr. Huot identified a lack of unified care for the large and ever-growing refugee population served at the University of Virginia. She obtained a CATCH planning grant in 2002 to fund work designed to identify barriers to accessing medical care for refugee families and their children, and worked closely with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and others in the community to identify the present level of resources available and to define unmet needs. Dr. Huot presented her work at the Region IV Ambulatory Pediatrics Regional Meeting in January 2003. She was also awarded the 2003 Annie Dyson Award for Advocacy and was recognized at the national AAP meeting for her efforts. She also undertook the development of a child advocacy elective as part of our residency curriculum, designed to allow residents to focus on an issue of child advocacy in depth.

Dr. McGowan identified a lack of available dental resources for patients seen at the University of Virginia. She obtained toothbrushes and toothpaste for patients and worked with dentists to raise awareness about this issue. She also worked towards developing a fluoride varnish program for children seen in our pediatric clinics with limited resources and limited access to dental care, as well as worked to expand topics of dental health in the resident curriculum. Dr. McGowan presented her work at the Region IV Ambulatory Pediatrics Meeting in January 2004.