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Leadership in Advocacy, the Underserved, and Community Health (LAUnCH) Track Resident Research

Community Health Track (CHT) residents are required to develop a longitudinal project that they design and implement during the course of training. Residents are encouraged to use the Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) model to perform a health needs assessment and problem prioritization in the local community to serve as the basis of their project. 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 or community pediatrics focused project
  • 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
  • Plan for scholarly dissemination of their work

Project Examples

Leadership in Advocacy, the Underserved, and Community Health (LAUnCH) Track Resident Accomplishments

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