UCLA Community Health and Advocacy Training

  The UCLA Community Health and Advocacy Training (CHAT) in the UCLA Pediatric Residency Training Program was established in 2001 in response to the growing need to educate pediatric residents in the knowledge and skills to be effective practitioners in the community. Our goal is to train a new generation of pediatricians who have the capacity to address the health and developmental problems facing today’s children.  

Since 1996, the Residency Review Committee Program Requirements have mandated “structured educational experiences that prepare residents for the role of advocate for the health of children within the community.“ The CHAT Program at UCLA is a comprehensive curricular innovation to meet this mandate.  In addition to program-specific activities for the CHAT residents, all pediatric residents at UCLA will benefit from CHAT influences in noon conferences, Grand Rounds, continuity clinic, and the nursery, community pediatrics, development, and adolescent block rotations.

“Health is affected by
environmental and social
processes as well as by sociological factors. The community in which a
child lives is a major
determinant of his or her health.” 
Robert Haggerty, 1975

Our future plans for the CHAT program includes linking with other programs across the country and even internationally to share curricular innovations and also provide our residents with elective opportunities at other institutions. We have sent several residents to Boston Medical Center and Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne as a result of faculty collaborations, and we are planning to formalize these ties further.

For questions, please contact:

Alice Kuo, M.D.,
CHAT Director

Ph: 310-794-0564


Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities