Every resident has a four week Child Advocacy rotation. The rotation consists of clinical, community, and legislative components, culminating in the development of an advocacy project proposal.
During this portion of the rotation, residents participate in various clinical programs at Harbor-UCLA, such as the foster care (KIDS) clinic, the Child Crisis Center for suspected abuse, and the Newborn Screening program. Through these experiences, residents learn how child advocates execute and maintain these critical programs. In addition, residents learn first-hand how pediatricians can make effective use of these critical services, both during and after their residency.
Harbor-UCLA is situated at the crossroads of several communities in the South Bay region, including Harbor Gateway, Torrance, Carson, Wilmington, and Gardena. The Child Advocacy rotation affords the opportunity to become familiar with these communities and the resources they contain. Through objective-based participatory activities with our community partners, the residents learn about ways in which pediatricians can support the community and help introduce patients to available resources.
Pediatricians play an important role in advocating for legislative programs that benefit children. During the rotation, the residents participate in issue analysis and letter writing workshops. They also have the option of participating in legislative field trips to Sacramento or Washington (which may occur outside the four-week block).
At the end of the rotation, each resident drafts a basic proposal for a Child Advocacy Project. Faculty mentoring is available to help bring the project to fruition. If the resident comes to the rotation with a specific project already in mind, the rotation itself can be altered to make significantly more free time available to pursue it.