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To foster a community of learning and mentorship that propels residents toward meaningful health advocacy careers.


  • To create an elite group of leaders interested and trained in advocacy skills
  • To increase focus on ALT residents’ career development through mentors with background in advocacy
  • To graduate residents that are committed to health advocacy and who have had hands-on experience during residency giving them the proficiency, confidence and contacts necessary to be a leader in that area going forward.
  • To leverage our unique contributions in health advocacy to promote the field through academic contributions
  • To create a community of like-minded individuals who can encourage one another in advocacy endeavors

Core Competencies of ALT Track- Experiences must be completed by graduation.

  • Apply through application on ALT website, preferably before October 15th of intern year though later applications can be discussed one-on-one
  • Meet with mentor to discuss project plans before end of intern year
  • Collaborate with an organization around an issue of health justice during years two and three (timeline adjustable for med-psych, med-peds residents), working in partnership on a campaign with specific policy outcomes during two, two-week blocks each year
  • 3 advocacy actions per year, including but not limited to:
    • Meeting with a policy-maker or legislator, participate in leadership day
    • Attend a community advocacy event or strategy forum
    • Drafting a press release or speaking to the press
    • Publication of your work in a national news outlets and/or academic journal
    • Present poster of your event at a conference
    • Organizing grand rounds/speaking event

These events should each be documented in a 200-word report in your longitudinal portfolio

  • Attend yearly retreat for ALT track each November; campaign strategy training and personal leadership style analysis, one-on-one mentoring, media training- content will vary each year.
  • Attend yearly legislative advocacy retreat to Baton Rouge each March; advocacy issue will vary based on political climate
  • Participate in Writing for Change seminar once during residency, to be offered yearly
  • Keep in regular contact with mentor, selected from experienced policy leaders in New Orleans, and work through a 3, 5 and 10-year career plan
  • Attend at least fifty percent of monthly advocacy and leadership track dinners, which will address relevant current issues that affect the social determinants of health and involve hands-on strategy for some of these issues. Provide regular 3-minute project updates at these meetings.
  • Present a summary of your work prior to graduation at event organized by the track

Jane Andrews - for further information or questions about the track.