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Department: MEPED-Pediatrics
Course: 562-It Takes a Village: Foundations of Pediatric Advocacy
Track: Care of the Underserved

Course Director: Graciela B. Villarreal, M.D.
Course Faculty:
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 25
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 2
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
Pediatricians are poised to advocate on behalf of their young patients to help them lead healthier lives in ways that extend beyond the scope of a clinic or hospital's walls. To truly enable patients and families to improve their health, a pediatrician cannot practice medicine in ignorance of the greater systems at work but must be aware of the family's social and economic environment. The physician's advocacy role is especially important in pediatrics, as children are often unable to voice their own needs and their health requires the cooperation of family members or other guardians. The goal of this course is to inform students on current pediatric advocacy issues and equip them with the problem-solving skills they will need to be the voices for our community's children. Groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) have identified multiple pediatric issues requiring physician advocacy at the federal, state, and community level. These issues will guide faculty lecture topics, which may vary from year to year based on current relevance. In addition to didactic lectures, students will also participate in hands-on activities aimed at both cultivating a better understanding of the challenges pediatric patients face in obtaining care, as well as increasing students' confidence in effectively advocating for important issues. Students will also be expected to either participate in an advocacy event outside of the workshops in class or research a topic of interest and share their experiences/research findings with the group.
Learning Activities
By the end of this course, students should: 1. Understand current pediatric advocacy issues and his/her role as a potential advocate for pediatric patients; 2. Understand how to advocate for pediatric patients by reaching out to policymakers and connecting patients with appropriate community resources; 3. Recognize avenues for involvement in pediatric advocacy and what resources are available to keep abreast of advocacy issues; 4. Have a deeper knowledge regarding a specific advocacy issue of interest as a result of the student's research project or participation in an event related to that issue
Evaluation Methods
2 hours/week of lecture, workshops, group discussions or student presentations for 7 weeks (Block 5, 2014 - March 3 to April 18), with additional time (10 hours) expected outside of lecture for completion of student projects. Pass requires: 1. Attend 12/14 1-hour lectures/workshops; 2. Complete advocacy project and present to group.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Jennifer Needham
Contact Phone: 832-326-6888
Contact Fax:
Contact Location: 2425 Underwood Street, #246; Houston, TX 77030

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