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Community Health Track Projects

Community Health Track (CHT) residents are required to develop a longitudinal project that they design and implement during the course of training. The topic of the project is chosen using the Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) model to perform a health needs assessment and problem prioritization in the local community where they choose to focus their work. Trainees are guided through the COPC process during their Community Building Blocks rotation in the first year. Once a project focus is chosen at the end of the first year, residents are connected with one of the many CHT faculty members doing community work on this topic. This faculty member will serve as a project mentor for the remaining two years.

Residents will have a half-day per week through the REACH program during their second and third years to work on their project. Further time in the third year is devoted to work on completing the project. Residents also may use elective time to work on their project.

By the end of their training, residents will be expected to:
  • Develop and implement a community-based health intervention
  • Apply for a CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) grant through the American Academy of Pediatrics or other similar grant
  • Submit an abstract to present work at a regional or national meeting
  • Present their work to their fellow trainees in the form of a noon conference
Project Examples

    “I chose the community track because it had dedicated opportunities to not only spend clinical time in the community but also gain advocacy experience. Through this track I really learned how to understand the needs of communities that I work with so as to better serve them. By working closely with various community initiatives, I have gained first hand experience in seeing how public health and medicine should work together hand in hand.”

  • Creation of a program to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy and decrease the transmission of sexually transmitted infections among adolescents in Ward 8, Washington, DC
  • The “Use of Community Benefit as Catalyst for Improving Health Outcomes” project looks at Children’s obligation to provide a community benefit can be used to improve health outcomes in the community.
  • Early Head Start Project that places residents in an Early Head Start classroom and then teaches them skills to provide a health information session for parents of those children.
  • FitFamily: A Nutrition and Wellness program for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity evaluation looking at how to improve program compliance among the African American community and how obesity programs may be expanded to additional neighborhoods in DC.
  • Community Acceptance and Patient use of a mobile phone messaging program to Improve Hospitalization follow-up in Quito, Ecuador.

Community Health Track Resident Accomplishments 2008-2012
  • Grant Funding Received:
    • Children’s National Medical Center Child Health Center Board Grant
    • Global Health Research Grant, University of Michigan Center for Global Health
    • Children’s National Child Health Center Board Resident International Travel Grant
    • AAP Community Pediatrics Training Initiative Residency Training Grant
    • AAP Resident CATCH Grant
    • Coleman Fund for Resident International Travel Grant
    • HRSA Primary Care Expansion Grant

  • Projects Presented at:
    • Region IV Academic Pediatric Association Conference
    • Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting
    • American Academic of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition
    • National Association for Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions Annual Conference
    • 19th Annual Global Health Education Consortium Conference
    • American Federation for Medical Research Eastern Regional Meeting
    • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting
    • NMA Pediatric Section Scientific Assembly
    • American Federation for Medical Research Eastern Regional Meeting

  • Awards Received:
    • First Prize in the Education, Training and Program Development Category, 10th Annual Children’s National Medical Center Research Day
    • ACGME David C. Leach Award

  • Articles accepted for publication in:
    • International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
    • Journal of Hand Surgery
    • Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
    • Pediatric Emergency Care

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