Longitudinal Advocacy Project Tracks
2022 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 over 200 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.
Flushing Out Obesity
Dr. Katelyn Cappotelli 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.
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.
Increasing School Readiness
Dr. Tiffany Sheng hopes to partner with organizations such as libraries to promote effective learning tools and increase kindergarten readiness.
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.
Cameron Mentoring Club
Dr. Adrianna Wurster would like to connect local organizations to positive youth development programs that increase kids’ exposure to different professions and supportive adults.
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.
Improving Feminine Hygiene Options
Dr. Liz Jilek would like to collaborate to increase access to high quality menstrual products for teens.
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.
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.
Public Health Podcast
Dr. Grace Ng would like to work with the Hoekelman Center to clear up confusion about community health issues.
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 Anjili Vara would like to reduce the impact of systemic barriers on families of children with autism spectrum disorder by improving their access to necessary services.
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.
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 is partnering with Wilson Magnet High School to provide train-the-trainer Biofeedback services to help youths cope with issues like anxiety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.