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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics


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Discover the many ways our faculty are impacting children's health beyond the hospital.


Our faculty collaborate with community stakeholders to develop partnerships, provide education, create programs and services, and change public policies and practices to improve children’s health.


Our faculty effectively utilize television, radio, print media and blogs to promote messages about child health and well-being.


Many of our faculty members testify at city, state and federal levels to promote issues concerning child health and well-being, as well as serving as content experts for legislative advocacy or policy development.

"Using advocacy to improve the health and well-being of children is a defining element of pediatrics."

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH
Associate Chair, Advocacy

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Faculty Advocacy Spotlight

Differentiating Abuse from Accidental Trauma

Mary Clyde Pierce, MD, works to differentiate abusive from accidental trauma. She applies the knowledge gained through her investigations to educate others (such as judges, lawyers and child protective services) about how to recognize the different patterns of intentional and unintentional injury. Pierce is a member of the Division of Emergency Medicine.

Long-Term Healthcare for Patients with Pacemakers

Greg Webster, MD, is the founder of a support group for children and young adults with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. Working with Senators Durbin and Duckworth and their staff, Webster is an advocate for long-term healthcare for patients with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. Webster is a member of the Division of Cardiology. 

Quality of Life for Sickle Cell Patients

Kyle Mack, MD, works at the local and national level to improve quality of life and health outcomes for patients with sickle cell disease. Mack also directs community outreach initiatives to increase blood donations for children with sickle cell disease. Mack is a member of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation.

Health Equity and Population Health

Ronit Lever, MD, directs the pediatric residency advocacy and population health certificate program. She also co-directs the Feinberg School of Medicine "Health & Society" element, overseeing and coordinating curricular activities related to health equity and advocacy, business of medicine, teamwork and leadership, healthcare quality and patient safety and lifestyle medicine. Lever is a member of the Division of Hospital-Based Medicine.

Bringing Together Residents and Community

Barbara Bayldon, MD, is the past president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) and the organizer of the ICAAP advocacy day. Bayldon directs Lurie Children’s Community Medicine and Advocacy residency rotation and is working to create the Illinois Collaborative, which brings together Illinois pediatric residency program leaders who direct the community medicine and advocacy rotations to share best practices and create an opportunity for collective action.

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Find out how our faculty encourage advocacy today and in future generations of pediatricians and scientists.

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Programs in Advocacy

  • Lurie Children’s Healthy Communities was created to maximize the positive impact the medical center and its partners have on child and adolescent health and wellness in the community. Healthy Communities’ goal is to increase health equity for all Chicago children.
  • Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago’s Youth (CLOCC) is a nationally-recognized leader for community based obesity prevention. CLOCC supports, coordinates, and unites partners
    to promote policy and environmental change.
  • The Injury Prevention and Research Center coordinates all of the hospital activities in both intentional and unintentional injuries through fostering protective environments, enhancing knowledge and skills, increasing awareness and improving public policies.
  • Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY), convened by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, works to build capacity among numerous public and private stakeholders to connect, collaborate and mobilize around a public health approach to violence prevention. SCY is modeled on the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC).
  • Center for Gender, Sexuality, and HIV Prevention examines a broad range of multidisciplinary academic subjects including sexual health, gender, sexuality, HIV prevention and health disparities affecting adolescent and young adult populations at risk of acquiring HIV.
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