Pediatricians Urging Safety & Health (PUSH) is an advocacy group created in 2006 by Dr Josh Honaker, a former resident in pediatrics at the University of Louisville (http://pushkentucky.org/home). Among its successes, PUSH has helped to pass the Graduated Driver License Bill, Booster Seat Bill, and Shaken Baby Bill in the state legislature while also working at a community level. PUSH has sparked interest in advocacy among residents, faculty, and the community. Phone calls or emails are common from these groups for information on topics, state law, or how to be an advocate and start their own projects.

Two thirds of Louisville's pediatric residents participate in this elective activity. Currently, PUSH is focusing on child abuse and obesity, although the specific topics highlighted at any given time are not as important as the underlying process of engaging residents in child advocacy. The energy and excitement of the group has...

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