Dartmouth Health Children’s Pediatrician awarded Advocacy in Action Award

Steve Chapman, MD

I am humbled to receive this award from New Futures, and I accept it on behalf of the many medical students and resident physicians who have worked tirelessly alongside me over the years in advocating for New Hampshire children.

Steven H. Chapman, MD

Steven H. Chapman, MD, Dartmouth Health Children’s pediatrician and the current Boyle Chair of Community Advocacy, was awarded the 2022 Jennifer Wierwille Norton Advocacy in Action Award by New Futures, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through policy change. The Advocacy in Action Award recognizes extraordinary advocacy efforts and sustained leadership of an individual in the field of addiction to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Chapman and the resident physicians of the Boyle Community Pediatrics Program were recognized during New Futures’ 25th annual award ceremony streamed virtually on November 10, 2022.

“I am humbled to receive this award from New Futures, and I accept it on behalf of the many medical students and resident physicians who have worked tirelessly alongside me over the years in advocating for New Hampshire children,” said Chapman. “New Futures does tremendous work, and we are proud to partner and collaborate to help ensure that our state is a safe and healthy place for children and residents of all ages.”

Under Chapman’s leadership, resident physicians of the Boyle Community Pediatrics Program at Dartmouth Health Children’s in Lebanon, New Hampshire, learn how and why to participate in the legislative process. Residents meet with state legislators, testify on bills, and meet with the Governor to discuss pediatric policy priorities, such as gun violence prevention, paid family leave and others. As pediatricians working directly with children and their families every day, policymakers value their firsthand experience and insight.

Chapman’s and the residents’ efforts have resulted in several children’s health policy successes over the past few years, including the passage of Tobacco 21 and the defeat of several anti-public health bills.

“Dr. Chapman’s tireless advocacy on behalf of New Hampshire’s children is simply unmatched,” said Michele Merritt, President & CEO of New Futures. “Over the past several years our partnership has had a measurable positive impact on children’s health policy. Dr. Chapman and the resident physicians of the Boyle Community Pediatrics Program see the issues affecting New Hampshire kids and families firsthand, and when they speak at the state house, legislators listen.”   

The Boyle Community Pediatrics Program is a champion of patient- and family-centered care at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD). The program’s mission is to lead and ensure patient- and family-centered care for children—especially those with chronic conditions—through education, service, and community partnership. Resident physicians participate in all aspects of CHaD—clinical care, education, and quality improvement—and they are encouraged to use a holistic approach to pediatric care and to become aware that understanding a patient's home environment and community resources are as important as treating the medical condition itself. 

In addition to his pediatric practice, Chapman serves as medical director of the Northern New England Advocacy Collaborative (NNEAC), core investigator of the Northeast Node Clinical Trials Network, and he is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth. He earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Washington Children's Hospital in Seattle.

About Dartmouth Health Children's

Dartmouth Health Children's is the only comprehensive pediatric healthcare system in the region. Fully integrated in Dartmouth Health and anchored for more than 30 years by Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD)—in Lebanon, NH—Dartmouth Health Children's promotes health, advances knowledge, and delivers the best patient and family-centered care for infants, children, and adolescents across New Hampshire and Vermont. Dartmouth Health Children's conducts groundbreaking research and educates the next generations of health professionals as the primary pediatric partner of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Highly skilled and collaborative child health professionals provide care in multiple settings across the region. Outpatient specialty visits and same-day surgery services are available at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD) and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics Manchester. Primary care appointments in general pediatrics are available at Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics in Bedford, Concord, Lebanon, Manchester and Nashua, NH and Bennington, VT; as well as at Dartmouth Health members: Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Cheshire Medical Center, New London Hospital and Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center.