Community Pediatrics and Advocacy
For more info email the Cottage Children's Medical Center Pediatric Residency program coordinator, Sabrina Orfalea, or call 805-569-7464.
Training in leadership, advocacy, and systems of care is critical to the success of pediatricians. During the Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Rotation, residents will engage in a combination of didactic and experiential learning opportunities that foster an understanding of the intersection between patients, physicians, and communities.
Goals for the Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Rotation
- Study the complex social, economic, political, and cultural influences that affect the well-being of children
- Learn about local resources that support children and families
- Engage in community advocacy
- Identify and foster personal leadership skills
- Incorporate systems-based practice into professional life
- Visit local community organizations working to improve the well-being of children and families
- Engage in didactic learning related to adverse childhood experiences (ACES), social determinants of health, and the unique needs of high risk pediatric subpopulations
- Complete assessments to identify and foster leadership strengths
- Participate in a year-long, resident-led community advocacy project