Community Health Training Tracks
The Community Health and Advocacy Resident Education (CARE) Track is an elective two-year longitudinal track, starting in the second year of residency. Since CARE Track started there have been 116 resident participants. CARE starts with a two-week “mini-MPH” block. CARE project areas are determined by residents interests. Selected projects are featured below.
Selected CARE Projects
Evidenced Based Contraception
Hilary Yehling, M.D. and Anne Huber, M.D.
Drs. Yehling and Huber did academic detailing in primary care clinics to encourage use of evidence-based contraception in patients and thus decrease teen pregnancy rates in Rochester. Their abstract “Evidence-Based Contraception Prescribing Behavior among Pediatric Providers” was accepted for presentation at the 2013 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.
Tania Caballero, M.D. and Galina Radunsky, M.D.
Drs. Caballero and Radunsky are partnering with 292-BABY, providing health information for parents using a hotline, a website, and videos. The goal is to recruit 50-100 families who will receive the book “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick”. The goal is to teach parents when and how to utilize their medical home, avoid the emergency room, and advocate for their child’s health. Watch a video about this project.
Palliative Care Teaching for Peds Interns
Elizabeth Cherella, M.D.
Dr. Cherella had her abstract “Evaluation of an Innovative Palliative Care Teaching Module for Residents” accepted for a poster presentation at the 2013 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.
Geoffrey Collins, M.D.
Dr. Collins is at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where he has expanded the Cyclopedia bicycle program to reach children in East Harlem. Additionally, he has been collaborating with CARE-alumni colleagues in Rochester and Albany to develop the New York State Pediatric Advocacy Coalition (NYSPAC). Dr. Marc Lavender & Shawn Brown from the Boys and Girls Club are continuing to lead Cyclopedia Rochester.
Sara Horstmann, M.D.
Dr. Horstmann is at Albany Medical Center. Her CARE project “Coping Power” that she started with three fellow residents has grown to be in 17 schools in the Rochester City School District. It is an evidence-based positive behaviors program. She is replicating PLC/CARE in Albany and leading the planning for the next meeting of the NYSPAC. (See above.)
Our vision to improve the health of children extends far beyond the Rochester community. Dr. Andrew Sherman, a CARE graduate, leads Netlife, which focuses on distributing and exploring the use of insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria in West Africa. He now teaches Global Health in the CARE Track. Current residents are planning to work in India and East Africa. Opportunities are also available to participate in partnerships in Latin America.
Refugee CARE Track
As a center for refugee relocation, Rochester serves many refugee families by facilitating resettlement and working to meet the many needs of these children and parents. Residents have opportunities to work with refugee youth in various community-based settings. In the new Refugee CARE Track, residents do a project and spend their “second clinic” time at the pediatric refugee clinic at Genesee Pediatrics.