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Longitudinal Advocacy Project Tracks


2022 CARE Block participants

CARE Track

The Community Health and Advocacy Resident Education (CARE) Track is an elective two-year longitudinal experience, starting in the second year of residency. Since CARE Track started there have been over 200 resident participants. CARE starts with a two-week “mini-MPH” block. CARE project areas are determined by each resident's interests.

View Selected Alumni CARE Projects

Refugee Track

Many of our residents do projects with refugee agencies. For those interested in medical care for refugees, we have a template developed by a CARE resident for a refugee track that involves spending time in a local refugee clinic while doing a refugee related project. For more information please reach out to Dr. Andy Aligne.

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CARE Projects


Dr. Katelyn Cappotelli

Flushing Out Obesity

Dr. Katelyn Nevin would like to take over a previous resident’s project and work with School 54 to decrease obesity by improving water access for kids, and decreasing consumption of sugary beverages.

Dr. Cate Nicholas Dr. Marisa DeSanto

Building Generation Earth

Drs. Cate Nicholas and Marisa DeSanto would like to improve resilience and decrease violence by working with local organizations to get children outside hiking and planting trees.

Dr. Tiffany Sheng

Increasing School Readiness

Dr. Tiffany Sheng hopes to partner with organizations such as libraries to promote effective learning tools and increase kindergarten readiness.

Dr. Sarah Khan Dr. Catherine (Katie) Gleed

Kids Who Compost

Drs. Sarah Khan and Katie Gleed would like to empower kids to fight climate change by working with composting organizations and local school districts.

Dr. Steph Nonawzki

Affirming Homes for LGBTQIA+

Dr. Steph Nonawzki is hoping to work with local organizations that support foster parenting to increase the number of affirming homes for the LGBTQIA+ foster population.

Dr. Liz Jilek

Improving Feminine Hygiene Options

Dr. Liz Jilek would like to collaborate to increase access to high quality menstrual products for teens.

Anjali Patel   Dr. Sarah Lichenstein

Meal Kits for Rochester

Drs. Anjali Patel and Sarah Lichenstein are hoping to improve nutrition for families by creating meal kits and providing cooking equipment to those who need it.

Dr. Amanda Kaley

Decreasing Intimate Partner Violence

Dr. Amanda Kaley would like to work with local programs to promote comprehensive sexual education in schools to decrease intimate partner violence and increase healthy relationships.

Dr. Grace Ng

Public Health Podcast

Dr. Grace Ng would like to work with the Hoekelman Center to clear up confusion about community health issues.


Dr. Jessica Riese

Primary Prevention of Sexual Abuse

Dr. Jessica Riese is hoping to work with community partners to protect children from molestation.

Dr. Jimmy Barry Dr. Nneka Ogbutor Dr. Alina von Korff

Hydroponic Gardening

Dr. Jimmy Barry, Dr. Nneka Ogbutor, and Dr. Alina von Korff are partnering with community organizations to create indoor hydroponic garden projects that promote healthy eating.

Dr. Monica Gonzalez-Loperena

Improving Doctor-Patient Communication for Rochester's Spanish speaking community

Dr. Monica Gonzalez-Loperena would like to give more families the option of seeing a Spanish-speaking doctor.

Dr. Lara McHan Dr. Jordan Patterson

Reach Out and Read

Drs. Lara McHan and Jordan Patterson are hoping to increase exposure to literacy for families by establishing the national program Reach Out and Read at Culver Medical Group.

Dr. Tori Mattick

Prevention of Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Tori Mattick would like to decrease this disparity of lower colorectal cancer screening​ rates in the local "Latinx" population which has much lower colorectal cancer screening​ rates than other groups.


Dr. Jennifer Baxter

Addressing Breastfeeding Disparities

Dr. Jennifer Baxter is hoping to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic disparities in maternal and child health outcomes with regard to breastfeeding by working with local breastfeeding advocates and improving physician education on breastfeeding advice.

Dr. Matthew Present

Building Kindergarten Readiness

Dr. Matthew Present is partnering with Rochester Education Foundation and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to increase kindergarten readiness by providing every child in Rochester with books.

Dr. Lauren Palicki

College Access and Success

Dr. Lauren Palicki is using national models such as ScholarMatch and Matriculate to provide “coaching” for high-achieving low-SES RCSD students interested in college.

Dr. Miranda Gathright Dr. Quinn Watt

LGBTQ Health and Connection

Drs. Miranda Gathright and Quinn Watt are partnering with the Center for Youth and Wilson Magnet High School to increase connection between LGBTQ youths by connecting them to the Trevor Project.