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Longitudinal Advocacy Project Tracks

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 Block

2020 CARE Block participants 

CARE Projects


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. Bryan Weed

Building Literacy At Home

Dr. Bryan Weed is hoping to improve literacy and Kindergarten readiness by giving literacy toys such as blocks to families in partnership with the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. Building Literacy at Home in Rochester

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. Caitlin Burzynski Dr. Jenny Liano

“Nature Nuts”

Drs. Caitlin Burzynski and Jenny Liano are partnering with Cameron Community Ministries and the Boys and Girls Club to increase kids’ exposure to nature.

Dr. Dan-Thanh NguyenAdvocating for Refugees

Dr. Dan-Thanh Nguyen is partnering with Dr. Andy Sherman, medical students, and national advocacy groups to promote health for refugee children.

Dr. Josh Noel

Fighting Obesity with Crockpots

Dr. Joshua Noel partnered with the YWCA to reduce barriers to healthy home cooking by supplying families with crock pots and other necessary cooking items. Addressing Obesity by Improving Access to Cooking Equipment.

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.

Dr. Karina Vattana

Empowering Adolescents

Dr. Karina Vattana is working with the City of Rochester and Metro Council for Teen Potential to increase access to age-appropriate, accurate puberty education. Empowering Adolescents with Puberty Education.


Advocacy for Voter Registration

Drs. Mofiyin Obadina, Michele Sainvil, Georgia Farrell, Peihsuan Tsai, Terace Thomas, Jennifer Liano, Dan-Thanh Nguyen, and Caitlin Burzynski are organizing with local doctors, community partners, and national partners such as VotER to promote voting.

Lalita Movva Dr. Mofiyin ObadinaRise at Culver Medical Group:

Drs. Lalita Movva and Mofiyin Obadina are working with Culver Medical Group and Horizons at Harley to provide mentorship for students interested in health care professions.

Tyler StephenIncreasing Vaccination in the Plain Communities

Dr. Tyler Stephen partnered with local Mennonites and the Yates Public Health Department to open a dialogue on vaccines. Increasing Vaccination in Plain Communities.

Georgia WheeldonStrengthening Connections with CPS

Dr. Georgia Farrell is facilitating communication between doctors and Child Protective Services to enhance the assessment of suspected child abuse. Improving Information Sharing to Optimize Evaluation of Suspected Child Abuse.