FPF Advocacy Training Scholarship
In an effort to support Florida’s pediatric residents to expand their knowledge of the legislative process and appreciation of the power pediatricians hold to influence the Legislature, the Florida Pediatric Foundation (FPF) created an annual scholarship designed to send residents enrolled in a Florida pediatric residency program to attend the American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual Advocacy Conference.
The scholarship recipients are paired with a member of FCAAP leadership for support before, during and after the conference, and are expected to accompany their assigned FCAAP leader to scheduled meetings with Florida Representatives and Senators during the conference. They are also expected to provide a report of what they learned from the conference and how they will apply such knowledge to their participation in future FCAAP legislative activities.
In February 2021, FPF granted six scholarships to residents enrolled in a Florida pediatric residency program to virtually attend the American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual Legislative Conference. This year’s recipients were Dr. Prasanth Narahari of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Pediatric Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dr. Samantha Kennedy of Nemours Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency, Dr. Issa Hanna and Dr. Norane Shehab of the University of Florida – Jacksonville, and Dr. Paola Blanco and Dr. Sukjoo Cho from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.