Advocacy

We have a longstanding commitment to improving the health of our community. Our program seeks to provide you, our residents, with the skills you will need to advocate for patients at the local, state, and national level. Our residents are active in a variety of community settings and participate in community outreach porgrams such as obesity prevention programs, school-based health education initiatives, and other clinic-sponsored projects. You will be involved in community and statewide advocacy initiatives, working with faculty and pediatric professional organizations to improve the health of the children we serve. Examples of our most recent efforts have included promoting the importance and safety of vaccines, advocating for medical vaccine exemptions only, and supporting gun safety legislation. 

During your Advocacy and Community Pediatrics Block rotation, you will have the opportunity to visit a variety of East Harlem community-based organizations, learning about the challenges faced by the families we serve and the services these organizations provide. There is a focus on screening for and addressing social determinants of health, and learning about community resources to address health disparities. Residents visit a variety of sites, including local food pantries, government agencies, social service agencies, and the Mount Sinai School Health Program, which is designed to improve access to primary health care and social services for elementary school children. They can also rotate with pediatricians within the New York City Department of Education who provide an overview of the health services provided in the city's public schools. All residents complete a mentored Advocacy project on a topic of their choice, which can result in regional and national academic presentations. We also encourage residents to attend the statewide American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Advocacy Day in Albany, where you learn firsthand about the AAP’s advocacy agenda and have the opportunity to meet with legislators and hone your advocacy skills. Residents who wish to pursue additional Advocacy work can choose to do a two or four week Advocacy elective with our faculty.   

Finally, we invite all residents to join our pediatric advocacy club, SinaiPAC, run by residents. The group meets monthly to work on advocacy initiatives and community programs. We hold bi-monthly dinners and documentary nights at the home of the faculty mentor. They offer great food and stimulating discussions.