Department of Pediatrics - Community Pediatrics Training

Longitudinal Advocacy Project Tracks

CARE Track

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 140 resident participants. CARE starts with a two-week “mini-MPH” block. CARE project areas are determined by residents interests. Selected projects are featured below.

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Selected CARE Projects

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Improv Comedy

Jessica MacCormac, DO
Dr. MacCormac piloted improv workshops with youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester to improve teen mental health by improving confidence and skills in public speaking, creativity, etc.

Megan and Catherine

Megan Callanan, MD and Catherine Agricola, MD
Dr. Callanan started a website called "" This website is a child-focused Rochester, NY area resource that highlights good works occuring throughout the community. As of July 2013, Dr. Agricola has joined Dr. Callanan on this project. Their partner is 211/LIFE LINE. Watch a video about this project.

Selected Alumni CARE Projects


Evidenced Based Contraception

Hilary Yehling, MD and Anne Huber, MD
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 and Galina

Health Literacy

Tania Caballero, MD and Galina Radunsky, MD
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.

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Palliative Care Teaching for Peds Interns

Elizabeth Cherella, MD
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.

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Geoffrey Collins, MD
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.

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Coping Power

Sara Horstmann, MD
Dr. Horstmann started Rochester “Coping Power” with these fellow residents. It has grown to be in 17 schools in the Rochester City School District. It is an evidence-based positive behaviors program. She replicated PLC/CARE in Albany and has recently moved to North Carolina.

Global CARE

Sherman netlifeOur 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.

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James Thomas, MD
Dr. Thomas plans to train local physicans and birth attendants in Ladakh, India with the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Program to decrease intrapartum related nenonatal deaths. HBB is an evidenced-based program sponsored by the AAP.


Maternal Child Health Package

Vanee Balasubramaniam, MD and Kavi Gnanasekaran, MD
Drs. Balasubramaniam and Gnanasekaran are interested in implementing evidenced-based interventions to decrease infant mortality in Kenya, in collaboration with Joining Hearts and Hands, Ltd.

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.

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Health Care for New Americans

Ethan Helm, MD
New Americans (particularly refugees) represent a medically underserved population. This project seeks to develop a pediatric residency track focused on improving the health of New Americans in Rochester at the Genesee Pediatrics refugee clinic.


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