Understanding the communities in which families live and the concerns of parents can help clinicians identify and prioritize barriers to high-quality care pediatric care. These issues can range from operational concerns like wait times for appointments, community issues like feeling it’s unsafe to walk to the primary care practice, or interpersonal issues like trust in health care providers.


Partnering with parents and community members to understand and address these issues is consistent with core principles of patient and family-centered care and can help practices improve; it also requires consistent, deliberate outreach to communities and families.

Strategies for Partnering with Patients and Community Stakeholders

Going Further

Clinicians who want to go further and become advocates for health equity in their communities can seek training on pediatric advocacy and opportunities to connect with other advocacy-minded peers. Pediatric practices may also consider accessing pediatric advocacy curricula to help frame learning opportunities for medical trainees and practice staff.


Patient and Family-Centered Care

Parent Advocacy Organizations

Pediatric Advocacy

Technical Assistance for Partnering with Communities