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Longitudinal Advocacy Project Tracks

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2021 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 193 resident participants. CARE starts with a two-week “mini-MPH” block. CARE project areas are determined by each resident's interests.

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.


CARE Projects


Dr. Jessica Riese

Primary Prevention of Sexual Abuse

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

Dr. Anji Vara

Decreasing Inequities in Autism

Dr. Anji Vara would like to give low-SES parents of children with autism spectrum disorder more tools to help them improve outcomes for their kids.

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

Hydroponic Gardening

Dr. Jimmy Barry, Dr. Nneka Ogbutor, and Dr. Alina von Korff would like to partner with community organizations and RCSD to create indoor 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. Katie Dwyer

School-based Mental Health

Dr. Katie Dwyer would like to provide train-the-trainer Biofeedback services to help youths cope with issues like anxiety.

Dr. Lara McHan Dr. Jordan Patterson

Literacy Promotion

Dr. Lara McHan and Dr. Jordan Patterson are planning to connect Culver Medical Group with Reach Out and Read and the Downtown Central Library.

Dr. Tori Mattick

Prevention of Colorectal Cancer

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


Dr. Erin Good

Improving Emotional Intelligence in Youth

Dr. Erin Good would like to improve emotional intelligence and increase resilience for her patients.

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 the Black Doula Collaborative.

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. Sophie O’Rourke

Flushing Out Obesity

Dr. Sophie O’Rourke is working with Cameron Community Ministries and the Rochester City School District to decrease obesity by improving water access for kids, and decreasing consumption of sugary beverages.

Dr. Terace Thomas

Aging Out of Foster Care

Dr. Terace Thomas would like to increase supports and help teenagers successfully age out of foster care.

Dr. Lauren Palicki

College Access and Success

Dr. Lauren Palicki is partnering with the Rochester City School District and the Rochester Youth Year VISTA program to provide “coaching” for high-achieving low-SES students interested in applying to college. 

Dr. Miranda Gathright Dr. Quinn Watt

LGBTQ Health and Connection

Drs. Miranda Gathright and Quinn Watt are partnering with the Center for Youth to increase connection between LGBTQ youths with a peer mentoring program.

Dr. Tala Altaji

Helping Babies Breathe

Dr. Tala Altaji is working with the evidence based Helping Babies Breathe Program to decrease infant mortality in refugee camps overseas.


Dr. Michele Sainvil

LARC in Haiti

Dr. Michele Sainvil would like to reduce unintended pregnancy in Haiti among teens with type 1 diabetes. LARC Out Loud: Future Planning.

Dr. Peihsuan Tsai

Empowering Women Globally and Locally

Dr. Peihsuan Tsai would like to decrease stigma about sustainable feminine hygiene products such as the menstrual cup. Empowering Women One Menstrual Cup at a Time.

Dr. David Alten

Decrease After-Hours Screen Time

Dr. David Alten would like to decrease screen time and increase the average nightly sleep duration for children in Rochester. Sleep: A Public Health Nightmare.

Dr. Suzanne Ramazani

Children Making a Difference

Dr. Suzanne Ramazani is working with Cameron Community Ministries to increase children’s connection to their community with advocacy projects. Engaging Youth in Community Advocacy.