Discover the many ways our faculty are impacting children's health beyond the hospital.
CommunityOur 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.
Faculty Advocacy Spotlight
Media and Federal Affairs
Wee Chua, MD, in an Instructor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine). His advocacy interests include Graduate Medical Education; Injury Prevention; Child abuse; and Legislative Policy. He is Co-director, Lurie Residency Advocacy and Population Health Certificate Program; Former intern at the AAP Department of Federal Affairs (2011); and Former medical journalism intern at ABC News (2014).
Teen substance use and e-cigarettes
Nina Alfieri, MD, MS is an Instructor in Pediatrics (Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care). Her advocacy interests include health insurance coverage and health care access; social influencers of health and concrete needs; breastfeeding medicine and the role of primary care in providing equity in breastfeeding resources; early infant development, access and timely referral to therapies; vaccination and addressing vaccine hesitancy; and prevention of teen substance use and e-cigarettes. She is Associate Medical Director, Lurie’s Community Medicine and Advocacy resident rotation; Co-Director, Lurie Residency Primary Care and Community Health Certificate Program; and AAP Section on Tobacco Control Executive Committee member
Disparities in the pediatric emergency department
Megan Attridge, MD, is a Fellow in Emergency Medicine. Her advocacy interests include preventing and reducing racial and ethnic disparities in sleep related infant death; firearm injury prevention; health disparities; and racial and ethnic disparities in assessment, evaluation, and treatment of children in the pediatric emergency department. She is a member of Division of Emergency Medicine Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Collaborative member, and the Safe Sleep Task Force.
Antibiotic stewardship in food production
Sameer Patel, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease.) His advocacy interests include antibiotic stewardship in food production, health literacy in immigrant communities, COVID and immigrant communities, and vaccine education. He serves as an advisor in Healthcare Without Harm: Clinician Champions in Comprehensive Antibiotic Stewardship. He is a national steering member of the US Public Interest Research Group, Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics.
Needs of marginalized youth populations, with a focus on Black youth
Rebekah Fenton, MD is a Fellow in Adolescent Medicine. She has led physician-organized campaign for police-free schools, including press interviews, public comments, protests, and community partnership; published articles in Newsweek, Forbes, The Philadelphia Inquirer, MedPage Today, Doximity OpMed, and KevinMD about narrative experiences in medicine and advocacy for UIM trainees; given talks about police-free schools, health equity, and cultural humility at national conferences; and created and co-lead Next Gen Pediatricians, a mentoring program for UIM pediatric applicants.
Find out how our faculty encourage advocacy today and in future generations of pediatricians and scientists.