Elizabeth Dawson, MD

Soul Hustle: Starting and Running a Non-Profit to Achieve Personal and Professional Satisfaction

In this small group session the group will discuss how pediatricians are well positioned to start a non-profit because of our standing and connections in the community. We will explore how to discover where your passions lie. Then we will delve into possibilities to expand your work in this area through community and non-profit work. We’ll demonstrate how this reduces burnout and brings personal and professional satisfaction. We will wrap up by exploring the tools to make it all happen.

By the end of the small group workshop, participants will:

  1. Explore and find what you love most about pediatrics and if you are able to do what you want to fully realize your passion in your regular practice.
  2. Examine different ways to grow your passion and effectively add advocacy for your passion through community and non-profit work.
  3. Develop your toolkit for forming your non-profit or community when you return home in a way that makes you a better partner, parent, family member and community member. 

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Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Elizabeth Dawson, MD, FAAP, graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 1997 with her BS in Biology. She graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed pediatric residency at Loyola University in Chicago in 2008 and then began work at the Charles Henderson Child Health Center in Troy, AL.

She is currently Chief of Pediatrics at Troy Regional Medical Center and Medical Director of Charles Henderson Child Health Center. Devoted to quality improvement, she is the current Alabama Chapter-AAP (AL-AAP) Quality Improvement Chair. 

In 2019 she founded Troy Resilience Project, a non-profit organization created to address toxic stress of childhood and build resilience through safe,stable, nurturing relationships. Troy Resilience Project joined Alabama Network of Family Resource Centers in 2021 and is expanding its work in the Wiregrass. 

Dr. Dawson serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Alabama Chapter-AAP, for which she has also served as an Area 5 Representative on the AL-AAP Executive Board for two terms.

She is a devoted mother of a 13- and 11-year-old and cherishes time with them and her husband.