Children need vocal advocates. We advocate for a brighter future for all children; one in which each child is given the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. When Children's Memorial Hospital, now Lurie Children's, was founded in 1882, most children died from infectious disease. Today, the leading causes of emergency care, hospitalization and death of children, such as car crashes, sports injuries, homicide, asthma and suicide are related to behavioral, environmental and social risk factors. Children with chronic illnesses that once died in early childhood are now surviving into adulthood. We believe in prevention, health promotion and safe, structured environments for children.

Advocacy is a core component of Lurie Children's mission. Prevention is the best medicine we can offer children. Community health promotion enhances children's environments in homes and in neighborhoods to keep them safe and strong. Public policy improves the quality of life for all children in Illinois. Supporting medical leadership and training in child advocacy strengthens child health outcomes in homes and communities.

As advocates, we collaborate with community leaders, organizations and legislators to effectively bring public attention and response to children's health issues.