Texas Pediatric Society Pediatric Trainee Advocacy Academy

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Purpose

The purpose of the Advocacy Academy is to:

  • Provide a valuable experience to Texas pediatric trainees who are interested in child health advocacy
  • Demonstrate additional member value to residents and post-residency trainees to encourage lifelong Society engagement
  • Cultivate new generations of expert pediatrician advocates
  • Increase the capacity and effectiveness of TPS’ advocacy efforts during legislative sessions

Learning Objectives

By the end of the Advocacy Academy, learners will be able to:

  1. Discuss the process by which legislation is initiated, handled within committees, and passed.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate as a meaningful participant of a coalition designed to achieve shared goals.
  3. Develop written materials that champion child health and safety policies and disseminate to traditional and social media and legislative offices
  4. Engage with legislative offices (policymakers and legislative staff) to inform and advocate for child health and safety priorities
  5. Design an Advocacy Academy project upon completion of the academy that demonstrates improvement in child health and safety advocacy knowledge, skills, and behavior

Eligibility

The Advocacy Academy is available to Texas residents and post-residency trainees with a specialty in pediatrics who have completed at least one year of residency. Participants should have a strong demonstrated interest in child health advocacy and at least a basic understanding of Texas government institutions and processes.

Participants must be members of the Texas Pediatric Society. Membership is available at a significantly discounted rate for residents and post-residency trainees. More information about memberships can be found at: https://txpeds.org/residents-section

Activities

Examples of activities include:

  • Shadowing TPS advocacy staff
    • Working directly with TPS advocacy staff provides the participant with a day-in-the-life perspective of advocating for Texas children.
  • Collaborating with coalitions
    • Learning the value of working with external advocacy partners while accomplishing child health policy goals by attending coalition meetings and working towards shared goals.
  • Researching policy issues
    • Preparing background materials, writing testimony for committee hearings, and compiling talking points
  • Attending committee hearings
    • Follow legislation through the committee process
  • Meeting with legislative offices
    • Working directly with legislative offices to express the importance of TPS’ policy priorities
  • End of Academy project
    • Developing an end of Academy project to demonstrate to institution the value of time spent and skills practiced

Build-Your-Own Mentorship Opportunities via the TEACH TX Collaborative

To enhance the Academy experience faculty members of the TEACH TX Collaborative (more information found on the TPS website here) will make themselves available to the participant to discuss a wide range of topics. These topics should be selected by the participants based on their interests. Participants will schedule meetings and/or communication with volunteer faculty. Topics include:

  • Clinical or specialty specific issues
  • Op-ed and other traditional media
  • Social media
  • Interacting with your institution
  • Publishing advocacy research
  • Advocacy Academy Alumni (AAA) discussion
  • Any many more!

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Executive Legislative Committee (ELC) with final decisions made by the ELC Co-chairs. The application process is competitive. Must include signed Residency Program Director Approval Form. The deadline for applying is November 7, 2022.

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