Dr. Jarvis is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s National Health System and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. She strives to meet and unite pediatricians towards the common goal of improved healthcare for children. She has held leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) since 2006 and received formal advocacy training through the AAP Department of Federal Affairs Internship on Capitol Hill. She is currently the Vice President of the DC Chapter of the AAP. Dr. Jarvis was also recently selected, through a competitive process, to participate in the 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a leadership program jointly offered by the bipartisan presidential centers of former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Dr. Jarvis’ advocacy work includes research involving screening and intervening for vulnerable patient populations. She created the grant-funded “Help for Victims of Violence Collaboration” to provide resources, screening, and education for victims of violence. Dr. Jarvis’ research also includes screening mothers of infants presenting to the emergency department for postpartum depression. To provide sustainable community impact, Dr. Jarvis collaborates with social work and community stakeholders to provide real-time interventions and linkage to care for mothers who screen positive for postpartum depression and domestic safety concerns. The results of her studies have been disseminated nationally.