Online Syllabus

Rights of the Child

Baum F. "Health for All! Reviving the Spirit of Alma Ata in the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction to the Alma Ata Declaration" Social Medicine. 2(1): 34-41, March 2007.

"Children’s Rights and Children’s Health: An Introduction to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – Grand Rounds"; American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Landsdown G, Goldhagen J, Waterston T. January 2004.

"UN Convention on the Rights of the Child," Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989; UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the Child

Yamin AE. "The Right to Health Under International Law and Its Relevance to the United States" Am J of Public Health. 95(7):156-1161, July 2005.

Children’s Rights Information Network
CRIN is a global children's rights network. We press for rights - not charity - and a systemic shift in how governments and societies view children. We link to 2,227 organisations and have 22,574 resources on our site at Children’s Rights Organizations.

Social Determinants of Health

Legal Services Corporation. Documenting the justice gap in America: the current unmet civil legal needs of low-income Americans. Washington, DC: Legal Services Corporation; 2009.

Conroy K, Sandel M, Zuckerman B. Poverty Grown Up: How Childhood Socioeconomic Status Impacts Adult Health. J Dev Behav Pediatr 31:154-160, 2010.

Earnest M, Wong SL, Federico SG. Physician Advocacy: What Is It and How Do We Do It? Academic Medicine, Vol. 85, No. 1, January 2010, pp. 63-67.

Shonkoff JP, Boyce WT, McEwen BS. Neuroscience, molecular biology, and the childhood roots of health disparities: building a new framework for health promotion and disease prevention. JAMA. 2009;301(21):2252-2259.

Williams DR, Sternthal M, Wright RJ. Social determinants: taking the social context of asthma seriously. Pediatrics. 2009;123 Suppl 3:S174-S184.

Zuckerman B, Lawton E, Morton S. "From Principle to Practice: Moving from Human Rights to Legal Rights to Ensure Child Health," Archives of Diseases of Childhood, 92:100-101, 2006.

Clinical Care in Resource-Poor Regions

Werner D. with Thuman C. and Maxwell J. Where There is No Doctor. Hesperian Health Guides. 2nd Edition 1992. 12th revised printing – September 2011 (each Community for Children participant receives a copy).

World Health Organization. Hospital Care for Children: Guidelines for the Management of Common Illnesses with Limited Resources. 2005. (each Community for Children participant receives a copy).

Bösenberg A. "Pediatric Anesthesia in Developing Countries" Curr Opin Anaesthesiol 20:204–210. 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Guidotti TL, Gitterman BA. "Global Pediatric Environmental Health" Pediatr Clin N Am, 54: 335–350, 2007.

Impact of Poverty, Immigration and Violence

Hernandez I, Mendoza F, Lio M, Latthi J, Eusebio C. Educators for Fair Consideration. Things I'll Never Say: Stories of Growing Up Undocumented in the United States. Harvard Educational Review. Vol. 81, No. 3, Fall 2011; pages 438-473.

Immigrant Children. The Future of Children-Princeton Brookings, Volume 21, No. 1, Spring 2011, p.1-267.

Improving Children's Health: Understanding Children's Health Disparities and Promising Approaches to Address Them. Children’s Defense Fund, Washington, D.C., Executive Summary, July 2006

Raghavan, R and Nuila, R. Survivors – Dialysis, Immigration and U.S. Law. New Eng J Med 364:23; June 9, 2011.

Suárez-Orozco C, Yoshikawa H, Teranishi RT, Suárez-Orozco MM. Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status. Harvard Educational Review. Vol. 81, No. 3, Fall 2011; pages 438-473.

Cultural Humility

American Academy of Pediatrics/Culturally Effective Care Toolkit
A practical, hands-on resource, with multiple tools, to help practicing pediatricians and their office staff provide culturally effective care to their patients and families.

Flores G. Language Barriers to Health Care in the United States. N Engl J Med; 355:3; 229-231; July 20, 2006.

Health Literacy: A Manual for Clinicians. Weiss B. American Medical Association Foundation and American Medical Association © 2003.

American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Workforce. "Ensuring Culturally Effective Pediatric Care: Implications for Education and Health Policy" Pediatrics 2004; 114; 1677-1685.

Zavaleta A. "La Competencia Cultural y La Prestación de Servicios de Salud a Poblaciones Latinas" Sociotam, Vol. XVI, N. 2 (2006), 163-181.

Preparing for Advocacy

AAP Committee on Community Health Services. "The Pediatrician’s Role in Community Pediatrics" Pediatrics 1999; 103:6, 1304-1306.

Fisch SI. 2006 "Job Lewis Award Acceptance Address: Is there an OWA (“Other Weird Arrangement”) in Your Future?" Pediatrics, 2007;120;149-154

Gruen RL, Pearson SD, Brennan TA. "Physicians-Citizens-Public Roles and Professional Obligations" JAMA. 2004:291, 94-98.

Mullan F. Chen C. Petterson S. et al. The Social Mission of Medical Education: Ranking the Schools. Annals of Internal Medicine. Volume 152, No. 12, June 15, 2010, p. 804-812.

Oberg CN. "Pediatric Advocacy: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" Pediatrics. 2003:112:2, 406-409

Advocacy Focus

Community-based Residents Projects Toolkit: A Guide to Partnering with Communities to Improve Child Health American Academy of Pediatrics © 2005.

Fostering a Culture of Compassion

Cantey P, Parker R, Moore JR. Medicine and Compassion: Reaching across the silos to teach the “art” of healing. Academic Exchange. Vol. 11, No. 3, December 2008/January 2009; accessible at 

DasGupta S, Charon R. Personal illness narratives: using reflective writing to teach empathy. Acad Med. 79(4):351-356; 2004.

Hirsch EM. The Role of Empathy in Medicine: A Medical Student's Perspective. Virtual Mentor. 9: 423-427; June 2007.

Rinpoche CN. Medicine and Compassion: A Tibetan Lama’s Guidance for Caregivers. Wisdom Publications, 2006. Somerville, MA. 

Rousseau P. A piece of my mind. Rounds. JAMA. 297(17):1859-60; 2007 May 2.

Rousseau, Paul. Empathy. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 25(4):261-2; 2008 Aug-Sep

Paul Rousseau, MD, Phoenix, Arizona;

Wear D, "Insurgent Multiculturalism: Rethinking How and Why We Teach Culture in Medical Education" Academic Medicine, 78(6): 549-554, June 2003.

Professional Development

Rabow M, Remen R, Parmelee D and Inui T. Professional Formation: Extending Medicine's Lineage of Service in the Next Century. Academic Medicine, Vol. 85, No. 2, 310-317. February 2010.

Creuss R, "Teaching Professionalism" Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 499: 177-185, August 2006.

Tucker, C. Teaching the Heart of Medicine: An Interview with Rachel Noemi Remen, MD. San Francisco Medicine. September 2005, p. 11-13, 28.