The Hoekelman Center The Hoekelman Center houses many activities in addition to the original Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC). Since the beginnings of PLC in 1996, we have been developing methods to train leaders in community health and advocacy. Through partnerships with community based organizations, our graduates have learned much and will do much to "make the world a better place to be." The Hoekelman Center is a national leader for community pediatrics, based on numerous national awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), etc. is recognized at a national level with articles published in major journals like Pediatrics and Academic Medicine. sponsors projects that have been the subject of numerous positive stories in the local media. maintains excellent community relationships with dozens of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). collaborates with many specialties and disciplines: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychology, and Preventive Medicine, as well as the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. is having a positive impact on the health of children through its evidenced-based community projects. oversees a community level-initiative built on a previous CARE Track project "Preventing Teen Pregnancy with LARC" (August 2014). The Hoekelman Center's mission is to inspire and enable health care professionals to participate in community-based partnerships, evidenced-based programs and advocacy to improve the health of children and families.