Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Program (CPAP)

Our mission

The Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Program (CPAP) gives residents the opportunity to become pediatricians who:

  • Are as comfortable and competent in their role as child advocates as they are in their medical practice
  • Effectively advocate for an individual child and family, as well as all children in their community on a city, state, regional and national level
  • Work in partnership with community-based agencies to promote the well-being of children

Through this educational process, we integrate an expanded focus on community-based pediatrics and advocacy throughout the Hospital.

Community-based pediatrics and advocacy

In their first two years, residents gain exposure to community resources, various advocacy topics and issues and develop core advocacy skills. The lectures, workshops, activities and site visits are related to clinical experiences in developmental pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Activities include community-based advocacy experiences as well as skill-building sessions that address lobbying, media training, coalition building and advocating for children in a managed care system.

In the third year of residency, trainees apply core advocacy skills to advocacy projects, often initiated in their intern year. Residents present their projects at the senior advocacy poster session, lead journal club discussions and conduct grand rounds advocacy campaigns.

Stand out senior advocacy projects

Carbon monoxide poisoning awareness

Residents, working with CHOP's Poison Control Center, facilitated a partnership with the Philadelphia Injury Prevention Center. Families were recruited from the Cobb’s Creek Primary Care Center for a free home safety inspection and installation of a CO detector by the city's Department of Health. City inspectors were also trained to provide CO poisoning prevention education. Surveys collected data on the efficacy of the training for future projects.

CHOP Refugee Health Clinic

The CHOP Refugee Health Clinic opened in March 2011. The clinic project evolved from the work of residents interested in the resettlement of refugee families and access to pediatric care. Refugee children are provided ready access to basic medical care, the required documentation that permits attendance in school and, when necessary, links to specialist care. Residents created order sets and other templates to facilitate rapid and comprehensive screening for infectious and developmental issues, psychosocial and nutritional needs and clinical summaries for future healthcare providers.

CHOP/Henry House Collaboration

The CHOP/Henry House Collaboration represents the continuation of a resident’s initiated sexual-health curriculum for the women of Henry House, a group of young women who reside in this Northeast Treatment Center (NET) during their six to 12 months in DHS custody. Residents revamped the core curriculum to include a series of more interactive “chalk talks” and a lecture on self-esteem, and provide literature and supplies from the Philadelphia Department of Health, and connections to community resources.

Physical activity opportunities in South Philadelphia

A resident at CHOP’s primary care locations in South Philadelphia compiled a list of longstanding, well organized and inexpensive programs that provide youth exercise programs in South Philadelphia. The list was made part of the electronic medical software used to provide patient information during all primary care visits. After educational sessions by the resident at the clinic, this information became a frequently used resource by the South Philadelphia provider team.

A Study – Primary Care Provider Follow-up after CHOP Night at HHI Shelters

The Homeless Health Initiative (HHI), started initially by residents in the 1980s, provides medical care to children housed in three shelters in Philadelphia. This study began a two-year process to examine follow-up care by families after visits to CHOP's night shelter. The goal of this project was to understand the ways in which case management, the shelter team and HHI can better support adequate follow-up for the medical recommendations provided to the families.

Graduate Education Committee (GEC)

The GEC is composed of residency program leadership, chief residents, residents and educational leaders from each division. The committee meets 7 to 9 times per year to accomplish the following goals:

  • to review resident evaluations of inpatient subspecialty rotations with each division and to elicit feedback from resident participants
  • to elicit feedback from the divisions
  • to discuss issues as they come up utilizing all members of the committee
  • to briefly discuss faculty development at each meeting