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Maryland: Karabelle Pizzigati Institute in Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families Trains Human Services/Health Policy Advocates

On September 16-18, the University of Maryland held the second Dr. Karabelle Pizzigati Training Institute in Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families.  

The initiative was started by the University of Maryland in honor of Dr. Karabelle Pizzigati, who spent her career advocating for policy changes centered around children and is led by Dr. Adele Robinson, a clinical professor with a joint appointment in the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Department of Family Science and the UMD School of Public Policy. Dr. Robinson holds the Karabelle Pizzigati Endowed Professorship in Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families and is a nationally recognized leader in comprehensive education policy from early childhood through higher education. 

The institute brings together people working with and on behalf of children, youth and families across social policy areas to hone their skills and leverage their on-the-ground experiences to be policy advocates. Participants work in early childhood education programs, nutrition and anti-hunger, human services agencies, and child welfare in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.

This year’s institute included discussions on current policy debates, interactive sessions on storytelling for advocacy, writing compelling letters to the editor, simulating difficult meetings with legislators and lessons on hosting a legislator visit.  

This second cohort will continue as a peer learning and sharing group and will bring home what they have learned to expand the number of people who work to change policies that lead to better conditions for thriving, happy children and families.

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