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 instances 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 Capital about legislation affecting children
  • 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
  • Moms in Recovery – supporting parents in recovery and helping their children get off to healthy starts
  • Sickle cell disease handbook – creation of a handbook for families who have children with sickle cell disease
  • Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative – increasing breastfeeding in the Upper Valley community through partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative as well as increasing state support for breastfeeding mothers
  • Medicaid insurance coverage – Increasing education about, and advocating for better access to, Medicaid insurance coverage in New Hampshire
  • 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.
  • The Haven – providing regular education sessions at The Haven, a local shelter for families
  • Child Health Services – providing school supplies to children at the Child Health Services clinic in Manchester, NH
  • HIV/AIDS – education and testing adolescents and adults