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

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

Op-Ed by Dr. Christina Barriteau: Too Scared to Watch: Social Justice and Media

Op-Ed by Dr. Kyle Mack: Some Medical Examiners Say Sickle Cett Trait Causes Sudden Death - They're Wrong

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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.

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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

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social justice and health disparities

Erin Paquette, MD, JD, MBe, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Critical Care Medicine, Associate Professor of Law (by courtesy) at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Co-Chair of the Equity pillar of the President's Council for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Chair of the Ethics Advisory Board and Director of Clinical and Organizational Ethics at Lurie Children's Hospital, an Affiliate Scholar at the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Society for Pediatric Research Advocacy Committee. Her advocacy interests center around promoting social justice, including person-level health justice through screening for social influencers of health, addressing health disparities, and optimizing use of medical legal partnerships, as well as broader systemic justice in addressing community and policy level barriers to health. She is a former Public Voices Scholar, and has published numerous op-eds. She also welcomes mentoring trainees and providers at all levels in pursuing health disparities research or health advocacy activities. 

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social determinants of health in children

Vamshi K. Rao, MBBS, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and attending pediatric neurologist and neuromuscular physician at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. His appointments include Associate Program Director for Child Neurology, Program Director for the Pediatric Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship, Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Secretary of the Stanley Manne Research Institute Advisory Committee and Clinical Practice Director for the Division of Neurology. His expansive interests are understanding pediatric nervous system physiology and dysfunction with a focus on neuromuscular disorders and a goal towards therapeutic interventions. His advocacy focus involves addressing social determinants of health in children as well as looking to build platforms for advocates to promote and publish their work. Dr. Rao is involved in mentoring trainees and faculty interested in both neurology and advocacy work.

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Activity Promotion

Rebecca Carl, MD, MSCI is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Sports Medicine and Non-operative Orthopaedics). Her advocacy interests include activity promotion, sports injury prevention, and concussion education. She serves as a mentor for the Community Health Advocacy Initiative for Feinberg medical students. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness.  

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Firearm Safety

Samaa Kemal, MD, MPH is a Fellow in Emergency Medicine. Her advocacy interests are focused on injury prevention. She is involved in multiple local and regional initiatives around safe firearm storage and screening for firearm access among children. She also co-leads efforts in the Emergency Department to improve anticipatory guidance for preventable injuries among children. 

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

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