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Health Equity Curriculum

The Health Equity Curriculum takes a longitudinal and multidisciplinary approach to learning– with elements taught by clinicians and the community we serve.


  • To understand the social and economic challenges many of our patients may face along with their impact on health access and outcomes.
  • Discuss interplay between challenges the individual experiences in our health system and the community.
  • Learn to advocate for patients as individuals and for populations within our community.

As part of the Meliora Medicine Curriculum: Quality, Safety and Equity as Foundations for Clinical Practice, residents receive:

  • Didactic Conferences: On topics including housing, transportation, structural inequalities and more. Much of the conversation surrounds practical frameworks for caring for patients requiring complex biopsychosocial care.
  • Community Outreach: All PGY1s have opportunities embedded into their ambulatory blocks for visiting community partners to better understand work done within our community to serve individuals with a variety of needs. Visits have the potential to create inter-agency connections for more effective care.
  • Medical Legal Partnership: Training in an environment that provides free civil legal services to ameliorate health harming legal needs for patients.
  • Advocacy: Multiple opportunities to develop quality improvement and research surrounding health equity. PGY2 residents have the option to participate in Community Health and Advocacy (CARE) track through the Hoekelman Center.

Community Outreach Sites / Community Partners

URMC Internal Medicine and the Hoekelman Center prepare residents to serve our community.