Advocacy Portfolio

Advocacy Portfolio

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The "Advocacy Portfolio" is a tool to help you plan and keep track of your advocacy experiences during your pediatric residency.

Over the course of the three years in training, it is expected that you will become quite experienced and competent at individual patient advocacy and that you will address all of the individual patient advocacy components.

For the community, state, and federal advocacy components, it is expected that you will choose and complete at least 6 of the experiences listed by the end of residency training.

Please keep your advocacy portfolio up to date. For questions or assistance in setting up an experience, page Dr. Diane Pappas at 961-4436 or email childadvocacy@virginia.edu.

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Individual Patient Advocacy

  • self.jpgRoutinely gather important data on the psychosocial and economic issues that relate to a child's health (i.e. does the family have health insurance, enough food, adequate shelter, other basic needs) in most patient encounters in any clinical setting
  • Help a parent plan for an IEP meeting
  • Help a parent plan for a 504 meeting/accommodations for their child
  • Help a parent coordinate care for a child among several different agencies
  • Attend an IEP or 504 meeting with a parent
  • Write a letter to the school requesting services (special education or 504) for a patient
  • Identify and refer a family to the Child Health Advocacy Program (CHAP)
  • Identify and refer a family who is uninsured to our FAMIS coordinator or social worker
  • Prepare and present an advocacy morning report

Community Advocacy

  • Participate in the Intern Advocacy Project
  • Participate in another Advocacy Project and describe the project you are involved with
  • Advocacy Elective
  • Write a letter to the editor on an issue related to child health
  • Attend a local school board meeting
  • Attend an Albemarle Board of Supervisors meeting
  • Attend a Charlottesville City Council meeting
  • Attend a session at the Charlottesville Albemarle Children’s Dental Clinic
  • Participate in a community health/education fair
  • Attend a Virginia AAP meeting
  • Attend an Ambulatory Pediatrics Association meeting
  • ”Shadow” a legal aid attorney
  • Attend a meeting of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Obesity Task Force
  • Apply for an AAP CATCH grant
  • Prepare and present an advocacy morning report
  • Spend a session with the Blue Ridge Care Connection for Children
  • Spend a session with a CHIP worker
  • Spend a session with the local health department
  • Spend a session with a local Head Start class
  • Spend a session with a special education class
  • Speak to a community or school group on an issue related to child health
  • Read Driven to Distraction by Richard Hallowell

State Advocacy

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  • Prepare and present an advocacy morning report
  • Attend Virginia AAP Meeting
  • Send an email/fax to your state legislator(s)
  • Meet with your state legislator(s) or their staff
  • Attend a Virginia General Assembly session or committee meeting
  • Track a piece of state legislation related to child health
  • Attend a state forum on a child health issue

Federal Advocacy

  • Send an email/fax to your federal legislator(s)
  • Meet with your federal legislator(s)/staff
  • Track a piece of federal legislation related to child health
  • Present an advocacy morning report
  • Attend AAP Advocacy Institute
  • Vote in a national election
  • Spend a rotation with the AAP Department of Federal Affairs
  • Join the AAP FAAN network