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Advocacy Projects

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "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."

At CHaD, many residents are involved in community service or advocacy projects. We define advocacy as "helping those whose voice is not usually heard." Community service is "providing direct service in a community setting, usually in partnership with an existing community organization."

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

Resident Projects

  • Creation of a handbook for families who have children with sickle cell disease
  • Increasing breastfeeding in the Upper Valley community through partnership with DHMC's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative as well as increasing state support for breastfeeding mothers.
  • Increasing education about, and advocating for better access to, Medicaid insurance coverage in New Hampshire.
  • Healthcare for legal and illegal immigrants' understanding how changes to CHIP will affect access to Medicaid for children of immigrants in New Hampshire and Vermont.
  • Providing regular education sessions at The Haven, a local shelter for families
  • Healthcare access and outcomes for children in immigrant poverty
  • Providing school supplies to children at the Child Health Services clinic in Manchester, NH
  • HIV/AIDS education and testing adolescents and adults

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