Head shot photo of Stephanie Kwon, DO

Director: Dr. Stephanie Kwon


“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”

- Mr. Rogers




The advocacy program will provide all pediatric residents education on key advocacy topics applicable in their careers as pediatricians. In addition, we offer and advocacy rotation and advocacy track for residents who choose to deepen their education on advocacy at the individual, community, and legislative level.



Advocacy Track:

Advocacy track residents at the advocacy end of year celebration


The Advocacy Track is a resident-driven curriculum for those residents interested in further developing their skills as a child health advocate. Residents in the track identify a committee that aligns most with their advocacy interests but are expected to be participatory in activities from all three committees. 


Community Committee

Dedicated to identifying and learning about community organizations and developing partnerships with them through fundraising events and volunteering. 

Chair: Erica Rubin PGY-3

Erica Rubin, Caroline Conroy, and Emilee Young-Rizk with backpacks filled with schools supplies donated during the annual school supplies drive

Action Committee

Responsible for coordinating events and education about injury prevention and legislative advocacy.

Chair: Mel Gray- Miller


Advocacy Residents, fellows, and faculty at the State House for SCAAP Legislative Advocacy Day



Education Committee

Organizes education events for the track including the Summer Advocacy Lecture Series, journal club, and our annual retreat.

Katie Lants presenting Be SMART Warm Up Presentation for our Summer Advocacy Lecture Series


Advocacy Elective:

2-4 week elective available to all pediatric residents with a menu of legislative, community/injury prevention, didactic activities, and volunteering with community partners to create a schedule customized to the resident's advocacy interests.



Core Elements of the Advocacy Curriculum for All Residents:

  • Intern Community Orientation Day: During intern orientation, a full day is spent educating intern residents on the community that they serve. Topics covered include social determinants of health, educational disparities, cultural differences/language barriers, poverty, racism, equality/equity/justice, and exposure to violence. The orientation day also includes a volunteer experience.
  • Advocacy Morning Reports/Half Day Session: Throughout the year, morning reports are held on key advocacy topics. Often, they host special guests, promote department-wide discussion, and broaden our knowledge and reach of patient care. Examples from the past include, accessing WIC, LGBTQ+ healthcare panel, voter registration and voter suppression, navigating the post-roe world as pediatricians, and period poverty.
  • SCAAP Legislative Day: Residents on elective will be invited to join residents from other pediatric residencies in South Carolina at the State House to learn more about legislative advocacy and speak with legislators about topics important to child health.
  • Advocacy Checklist: Similar to a procedure checklist, this longitudinal tracking tool will allow the program and resident to monitor engagement in advocacy activities.
  • Summer Advocacy Lecture Series: Annual lecture series that features local and nationally recognized speakers on pertinent advocacy topics. Residents assist in topic selection, presenting, community organization spotlights, and organizing the resident choice lectures. See below for this year’s lecture series topics and speakers.


 Pediatric Residency Interns at Community Orientation Day 

Becoming a Physician Advocate by Dr. Annie Andrews