Advocacy Projects

Community Pediatrics includes a commitment to use a community's resources in collaboration with other professionals, agencies, and parents to achieve optimal accessibility, appropriateness, and quality of services for all children and to advocate especially for those who lack access to care because of social, cultural, geographic, or economic conditions or special health care needs.

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Pediatric residents at the NH state house

At CHaD, many residents are involved in community service or advocacy projects. Through advocacy work, our residents are able to help those whose voice is not usually heard, and provide direct service in a community setting. In each instance our program partners with existing community organizations to facilitate advocacy work.

To learn more about Community Pediatrics at CHaD, please visit the Boyle Community Pediatrics Program website.

Resident projects

Our residents work on a variety of topics and projects. The following is a select sampling of some of the projects our residents have participated in.

  • Advocacy Day: Meeting with state legislators and child advocates at the New Hampshire capitol about legislation affecting children
  • Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative: Increasing breastfeeding in the Upper Valley community through a partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative as well as increasing state support for breastfeeding mothers
  • Child Health Services: Providing school supplies to children at the Child Health Services clinic in Manchester, NH
  • Drowning Prevention in Clinics and Communities: Working to provide education and resources to prevent drownings
  • Fostering Healthy Transitions: Working with Families to Improve Foster Care – Received AAP CATCH grant to partner with families to improve the foster care process for children
  • The Haven: Providing regular education sessions at The Haven, a local shelter for families
  • HIV/AIDS: Education and testing adolescents and adults
  • Immigration and health care: Understanding health care for legal and illegal immigrants as well as how changes to CHIP affect access to Medicaid for children of immigrants in New Hampshire and Vermont. Access and outcomes for children in immigrant poverty have also been a focus.
  • Medicaid insurance coverage: Increasing education about, and advocating for better access to, Medicaid insurance coverage in New Hampshire
  • Moms in Recovery: Supporting parents in recovery and helping their children get off to healthy starts
  • Northern New England Advocacy Collaborative: A partnership with Maine and Vermont to advocate for the children of Northern New England
  • Oral health: Working with the Upper Valley Haven to provide fluoride varnishes and promote oral health in our region’s most vulnerable children
  • Police and the Safety of Black Youth in the Upper Valley: Community forum organized by PL-3 Dr. Faith Goronga, for a conversation on child well-being and development among pediatricians, police, and community members
  • Sickle cell disease handbook: Creation of a handbook for families who have children with sickle cell disease
  • Welcoming and Empowering Mothers in Recovery: Supporting mothers with a history of substance use disorder and their children