Community Advocacy Program 


The Community Advocacy Program (CAP) provides a streamlined structure for pediatric residents to engage in their community through strong local community partnerships providing child-focused advocacy activities.  The program is committed to ensuring that all efficacious health and social services are provided to children in need. 

These efforts require a knowledge base and expertise in advocacy, which must be learned through directed educational experiences.  


Pediatricians at the Capitol

This annual event is hosted in collaboration with the AzAAP and was iniated by a group of residents passionate about demystifying the legislative process and advocating for children. Residents are afforded the opportunity to go to the State Capitol during the legislative session to advocate for child health issues through attendance at House and Senate Health Committee meetings and meeting with their state representatives. The day long event includes training about how to craft and deliver messages to legislators as well as a review of the legisl

Community Advocacy Partners (CAP)

All residents are invited to help with ongoing projects at our Community Advocacy Partner sites. Leadership opportunities are also available for residents to co-lead a portion of ongoing longitudinal projects. These "CAPtains" will be provided increased exposure and training on needs assessments, project development, and community partnerships and sustainability and are expected to assist with project development and implementation. 
  • William T. Machan Elementary School
    • Quarterly Cafecito's - education classe for an energetic group of parents
    • Machan Collaborative Community Center
  • UMOM New Day Center
    • Monthly health topic talks for residents at the UMOM New Day Center

Advocacy Track

Created for residents interested in promoting child health and reducing child health disparities through engagement in community-based or legislative advocacy projects in collaboration with local, state and/or national partners. Requirements during the PL2 and PL3 year are that one resident longitudinal experience clinic per month and one week during the Community Rotation is dedicated to advocacy and an individualized Advocacy Project.

Track Projects


  • Megan Matz, MD – Health Literacy in a Second Language
  • Romy Shane, MD – Resilience in the face of Grief
  • Aarti Vala, MD – Maryvale Community Collaboration Building


  • Himali Bhatt, MD – Toxic Stress
  • Lauren Bodily MD – Communicating Health Information with At Risk Teens
  • Ashley Schmieding, MD – Improving Care for Adolescents


  • Katie VanderVelde, MD – Food Insecurity Screening


  • Scott Grant, MD – Adverse Childhood Experiences


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