Longitudinal Advocacy Project Tracks
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.
2020 CARE Block participants
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.
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
Drs. Caitlin Burzynski and Jenny Liano are partnering with Cameron Community Ministries and the Boys and Girls Club to increase kids’ exposure to nature.
Advocating for Refugees
Dr. Dan-Thanh Nguyen is partnering with Dr. Andy Sherman, medical students, and national advocacy groups to promote health for refugee children.
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.
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.
Rise 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.