At GHS, advocacy is both an integral part of the residency and the hospital as a whole. Faculty and residents alike are active at the local, state and national level on issues that affect the well-being of children.
The longitudinal Child Advocacy Curriculum focuses on resource awareness, social determinants of health, vulnerable populations, toxic stress, health disparities and helping residents communicate their message to effect change. Interns develop a sense of their community through the “Our Eyes Were Opened” tour and work with the over 20 participating community organizations. They then work in pairs to complete an advocacy project of their choosing. Past examples include an obstacle course to teach elementary students the circulatory system and meal plans developed to encourage healthy eating on a budget. Each year, upper level residents participate in Legislative Advocacy Day at the SC Statehouse.
In 2016, GHS Children’s Hospital established the Bradshaw Institute for Community Health and Advocacy. Through initiatives targeting child abuse and injury prevention, health literacy, developmental and behavioral problems, as well as innovative school based health centers and a medical-legal partnerships, the Bradshaw Institute is making big impacts in our community. Ongoing research, grant funding, and more than 50 state and national level conference presentations have helped expand this impact to an even larger community. The Bradshaw Institute’s Medical Director, Dr. Kerry Sease, is a member of the Children’s Hospital General Pediatrics faculty, a former GHS residency program director, and president of the SC AAP. Through Dr. Sease and Dr. Lochrane Grant, the advocacy rotation director, residents have the opportunity to participate in many of these projects and develop the skills to make advocacy a part of their careers beyond residency.
For more information about the Bradshaw institute and other camps and services that residents may participate in, please see GHS Children’s Hospital Programs.