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Community Pediatrics Training Initiative (CPTI)

Under the direction of Dr. Earnestine Willis, CPTI started in 1997 at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin and has evolved with the national program within the American Academy of Pediatrics.  In 2000, this initiative was funded by the Dyson Foundation to impact pediatric residency training programs and career choices of individual pediatric residents and is now supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Gaining greater competencies in child advocacy, professionalism and cultural-sensitivity, practice-based improvement and system-based improvements supports educating future pediatricians through experiences that allow them:

  • Extensive exposures to programs in community agencies serving underserved populations
  • Interactive discussions with parent participants
  • Development of collaborative community initiatives in partnership with agencies.

Pediatric residents are encouraged to examine the roles that pediatricians can assume when it comes to schools, childcare, child welfare, food/economics security, public policy and to explore the efficacy and effectiveness of various programs in these sectors.  Pediatric residents, working with community partners, have implemented more than 50 community initiatives related to access to comprehensive care, adolescent health, child advocacy, environmental and public health.  Consistently, ongoing local evaluation of CPTI shows that community experiences have significantly improved pediatric residents’ competencies in child advocacy, cultural competencies, system-based practice as well as expanded their knowledge of the impact of poverty on children and families. 

Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH
CPTI Medical Director
Department of Pediatrics, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509
Phone (414) 955-4177 / Fax (414) 955-6385 / Email
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