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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

Community Engagement

Dr. Erin Good would like to strengthen relationships between the hospital and the community.

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.

Dr. Matthew Present

Building Kindergarten Readiness

Dr. Matthew Present would like to work with 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 on decreasing 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 would like to use the ScholarMatch model to provide “coaching” for high-achieving low-SES students interested in college.

Dr. Miranda Gathright Dr. Quinn Watt

LGBTQ Health and Connection

Drs. Miranda Gathright and Quinn Watt are working 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

Weeding Out Illiteracy

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

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. The Nature Nuts: Improving Physical and Mental Wellbeing Through Outdoor Experiences.

Dr. Dan-Thanh NguyenImproving Resiliency in Refugees

Dr. Dan-Thanh Nguyen would like to decrease risk of anxiety, depression, and PTSD in refugee children by promoting social connection. Empowering Rochester’s 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 hoping to increase children’s connection to their community by working with an after-school advocacy club at Wilson Magnet High School. 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.


Mofiyin ObadinaAdvocacy

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 MovvaGoals of Care

Dr. Lalita Movva, a resident in internal medicine and pediatrics, is working to increase access to appropriate end-of-life-planning for patients 65 and older in primary care. Increasing Goals of Care Discussions in Primary Care.

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.