Longitudinal Advocacy Project Tracks
2021 CARE Block participants
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.
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.
Primary Prevention of Sexual Abuse
Dr. Jessica Riese is hoping to work with community partners to protect children from molestation.
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, and Dr. Alina von Korff would like to partner with community organizations and RCSD to create indoor garden projects that promote healthy eating.
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.
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 and Dr. Jordan Patterson are planning to connect Culver Medical Group with Reach Out and Read and the Downtown Central Library.
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.
Improving Emotional Intelligence in Youth
Dr. Erin Good would like to improve emotional intelligence and increase resilience for her patients.
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.
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.
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.
Aging Out of Foster Care
Dr. Terace Thomas would like to increase supports and help teenagers successfully age out of foster care.
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.
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.
Helping Babies Breathe
Dr. Tala Altaji is working with the evidence based Helping Babies Breathe Program to decrease infant mortality in refugee camps overseas.
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.
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.