Leonard P. Rome CATCH Visiting Professorships

​Leonard P. Rome CATCH Visiting Professorships


    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC): Building a Health Equity Pathway

    Leaders: Andrew Beck, MD, MPH, FAAP & Ndidi Unaka, MD, Med, FAAP

    Visiting Professor: Lee Ann Savio Beers, MD, FAAP

    Abstract:  Our current curriculum includes a 2-week advocacy rotation, and a 2-week advanced advocacy elective, yet few residents make advocacy and equity a career focus.  It is imperative that we build a "health equity pathway" to propel physicians to become positive change agents for vulnerable children and families.  We seek to help residents move from awareness to ownership as it pertains to equity-oriented initiatives.

    Goals & Objectives

    To strengthen connections between CCHMC and our local community during this Visiting Professorship through education, dialogue, and a call to action

    1. Increase resident and faculty knowledge of local and national child health equity gaps now magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. Highlight key community partnerships and policies capable of mitigating hardships at the root of longstanding equity gaps.
    3. Accelerate the academic medical center goal of a fully developed "Health Equity Pathway," supporting a growing workforce devoted to excellent, equitable health for every child and every community.
    4. Illustrate uses for a development Advocacy Portfolio to depict professional advocacy-related contributions in support of resident/faculty development.

    Prisma Health-Upstate: Racial Health Equity in South Carolina: Catalyzing Change

    Leaders: Julie M. Linton, MD, FAAP & Lochrane Grant, MD, FAAP

    Visiting Professor: Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, FAAP

    Abstract:  Our advocacy program offers a robust curriculum, yet our trainees often lack deep community partnership experiences.  We want our curriculum to address racial equity more directly.  This Visiting Professorship will expand trainee exposure to a community partnership, exemplified through a relationship with a local dance company to demonstrate the power of the arts as a catalyst for conversations around racial healing.  Faculty development activities will include equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) focused leadership training towards creating an advanced advocacy elective.

    Goals & Objectives
    To increase efforts across Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina

    School of Medicine Greenville (UofSCSOMG) to advance racial equity through enhanced

    community partnerships, strengthened advocacy training, & focused faculty development

    1. Develop common language amongst trainees, leadership, faculty, and community partners to facilitate conversations around EDI.
    2. Critically examine historical, structural, and sociological factors contributing to the preschool to prison pipeline.
    3. Engage new and expand existing community partnerships in exploring racial inequities in health and education; identify opportunities for collaboration to address barriers to care and resources.
    4. Strengthen faculty and trainee leadership and advocacy skills using an equity lens to enhance the impact of advocacy and QI projects.
    5. Develop strategies to support successful recruitment, support, and retention of trainees who identify as under-represented minorities in medicine as critical factors in advancing racial equity and improving health outcomes in children.

    Valley Children’s: Advocating for Advocacy

    Leaders: Vini Vijayan, MD, FAAP, FIDSA & Carmela Sosa, MD, FAAP

    Visiting Professor: Benjamin Hoffman, MD, FAAP

    Abstract:  We want to increase engagement in child advocacy endeavors.  This Visiting Professorship will allow us to develop strategies to address gaps in our advocacy program, and encourage resident-faculty to develop and complete successful advocacy projects.  Topics include: 1) The role of advocacy in enhancing the health of children, and the responsibility of pediatricians to engage in advocacy; 2) Identifying and developing partnerships with community-based organizations; 3) Understanding the legislative process and opportunities with respect to child health.

    Goals & Objectives
    Create a longitudinal advocacy experience throughout pediatric residency by increasing resident and faculty engagement in child advocacy, implementing strategies to enhance partnerships with community-based organizations, and ensuring resident and faculty commitment to advocacy

    1. Improve resident knowledge of the history and principals of advocacy and increase their experiential learning by providing a longitudinal structured, sustainable advocacy curriculum through education workshops.
    2. Identify community resources to help develop meaningful partnerships between the residency program and community-based organizations.
    3. Identify current policy makers and pediatric health policy issues especially relevant to children in the Valley.
    4. Improve resident and faculty knowledge of the state and federal legislative processes regarding child health.
    5. Creation of resident-led and faculty mentored quarterly advocacy workshops to present their advocacy efforts on a child health issue.
    SUNY Downstate: Addressing Health Disparities and Creating Partnerships for Promoting Healthy Children and Families in Brooklyn

    Leaders: Christina Guillén, MD, FAAP & Jennifer Chao, MD, FAAP

    Visiting Professor: Oxiris Barbot MD, MPH

    Abstract:  Our community advocacy training program would benefit from deeper exposure and interaction with additional community-based organizations in the surrounding neighborhood.  Through the Visiting Professorship, we will create a structured community health and advocacy model, which will create partnerships that will improve the quality of delivery of healthcare to our pediatric patient population.

    Goals & Objectives
    To improve the collaboration between medical practitioners and community partners which would decrease health disparities in the pediatric population in Brooklyn

    1. Educate residents, faculty, and community-based organizations and community partners in health disparities that affect our community.
    2. Educate residents, faculty, and community pediatricians on the role that community- based organizations and community partners serve in the community.
    3. Increase knowledge of the various medical resources that are available to the pediatric patient population and their families.
    4. Increase the pediatricians' knowledge of the various resources that community-based organizations and community partners offer the pediatric patient and their families in our community.
    5. Identify the top 10 barriers to health equity and identify ways to address them.


    Loyola Univ Medical Center (ICAN4K Collaborative): Social Determinants of Child Health

    Leaders: Julie O'Keefe, MD, FAAP & Barbara Bayldon, MD, FAAP 

    Visiting Professor: Arvin Garg, MD

    Abstract: Illinois Community Advocacy Network for Kids (ICAN4K) is a collaborative formed by the 10 pediatric academic institutions within the state and the Illinois Chapter of the AAP (ICAAP).  Illinois pediatric residents yearn for additional education and experiences in addressing unmet social needs (USN) and Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs). This Visiting Professorship will advance all Illinois pediatric training programs' abilities to educate residents and implement initiatives, working collaboratively with their communities to address USN and ACEs.

    Goals & Objectives

    ICAN4K faculty, residents and medical students will develop the comfort and skills to address SDH within the medical home and collaborate with community partners to address SDH in their communities across Illinois.

    1. Increase faculty and resident comfort and skills in screening for and addressing SDH within the Medical Home.

    2. Identify an action plan for each ICAN4K institution to strengthen relationships and collaborate with partners to creatively and strategically address SDH in its local community.

    3. Create a Community Engagement/Assessment committee within ICAN4K and define steps for tracking both success in addressing SDH and progress with community partnerships.

    4. ICAN4K's Education committee will develop an action plan for incorporating SDH into the curricula at all institutions across the collaborative.

    Maine Medical Center (NNE Collaborative): Engaging in Legislative Advocacy: A Multi-State Collaborative

    Leaders: Brian Youth, MD, FAAP & Pam Dietz, MD, FAAP

    Visiting Professor: J. Gary Wheeler, MD, MPS, FAAP

    Abstract: We intend to expand resident exposure to legislative advocacy and teach how to incorporate legislative action into pediatric careers within each residency program included in the New England Advocacy Collaborative (NNEAC).  This Visiting Professorship will educate and motivate our learners, teachers, and community partners to become more involved in legislative advocacy on both State and Federal levels, which will result in a stronger presence at the State House and Congress – observing, testifying, and influencing change.

    Goals & Objectives

    Increase resident, faculty and community pediatrician understanding of being a physician advocate for patients through legislative action.  Strengthen the NNEAC community through resident education and faculty development.

    1. Bring together the NNEAC residency programs and their respective AAP chapter representatives to share ongoing advocacy experiences and provide continued opportunity for collaboration.

    2. Increase collaboration with and exposure to community partners involved in addressing social determinants of health through legislative advocacy across the state lines of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

    3. Increase resident, faculty, and community pediatrician knowledge of and participation in legislative advocacy through educational workshops.

    4. Develop advocacy action items for the NNEAC to monitor ongoing progress.

    5. Create a plan for ongoing sustainability of the NNEAC.

    Univ of Louisville: Taking Advocacy Education to the Next Level

    Leaders: Brit Anderson, MD, FAAP, Elizabeth Lehto, DO, FAAP, & Ashley Zerr, MD

    Visiting Professor: Benjamin Hoffman MD, FAAP

    Abstract: Pediatricians Urging Safety and Health (PUSH) is a resident-led, faculty-supported advocacy group at the University of Louisville which has been active in community and legislative advocacy for more than a decade. We seek formal evaluation of our current program with subsequent curriculum development to further strengthen our program.  Additionally, we seek to develop strategies to navigate the challenges we've encountered with resident hesitancy to participate in legislative advocacy or discuss controversial topics, ensure consistent resident participation in advocacy activities, and improve collaboration with key partners.

    Goals & Objectives

    Strengthen advocacy training by improving the curriculum, addressing challenges, and enhancing community collaboration.

    1. Outline strengths and opportunities for improvement in existing advocacy program by conducting a needs assessment.

    2. Develop and implement activities to fill gaps in existing program and address challenges we've encountered

    3. Provide residents and faculty with tools to translate their passion into effective community projects, and also to foster sustained, academically-valued commitment to advocacy in order to improve children's health

    4. Develop broad-based relationships with community partners based on CATCH concepts

    5. Strengthen relationships between key partners, focusing on improvement of Children's Day at the Capitol and resident liaison positions at the AAP.

    Univ of Minnesota: Residency-Community Partnerships for Healthy Children

    Leaders: Brian Hilliard, MD, FAAP & Amy Gaug, C-TAGM

    Visiting Professor: Michelle M. Barnes, MD, FAAP

    Abstract: We intend to create a meaningful advocacy program centered around long-term community partnerships. To complement the current components of our advocacy training, we want to have organized community partnerships that are housed in our Pediatric Residency Program. Through this Visiting Professorship, our program will benefit from an expert in Advocacy and Community Health, and also from the time dedicated to meeting with two community partners to create a meaningful plan.

    Goals & Objectives

    Learn from successful models for community advocacy that exist in other residency programs, particularly those with a strong network of community partnerships. Create a sustainable plan for advocacy work housed within the University of Minnesota Pediatric Residency Program.

    1. Solidify expectations between two community partners and residency program through increased dialogue.

    2. Draft plan for encouraging these community partnerships.

    3. Outline how dedicated program administrative support will advance this effort of enhanced community partnerships.

    4. Create strategy to further opportunities for trainee exposure to community partnerships and local advocacy opportunities.

    5. Increase trainee understanding of Somali and homeless communities to better understand barriers faced by these communities.

    Univ of Wisconsin: Building Infrastructure for Advocacy Engagement
    Leaders: Sarah MacKay, MD, MHS & Natalie Tedford, MD

    Visiting Professor: Jean Raphael, MD, MPH, FAAP

    Abstract: We want to develop a departmental infrastructure for longitudinal resident collaboration with community partners and for faculty engagement in advocacy. We will build on our existing advocacy strengths and resources to create a visible and sustainable platform for advocacy engagement and structured collaboration between residents, faculty, the Wisconsin AAP, and community partners.

    Goals & Objectives

    Build a departmental infrastructure for advocacy engagement among residents, faculty, and community partners.

    1. Convene community stakeholders, pediatric residents, and pediatric residency program leadership to collaboratively identify opportunities for improvement and advocacy education that promotes longitudinal and sustainable engagement with community partners.
    2. Develop a plan for incorporating legislative, community, and systems advocacy education into resident conference curriculum.
    3. Review 2019 departmental advocacy-related survey results with the visiting professor, departmental leadership, and Wisconsin AAP leadership to identify needs, assets, and a strategic plan for the creation of a departmental advocacy infrastructure.
    4. Identify opportunities for the resident-led advocacy workgroup to become a more visible departmental presence and become a bridge between residents and faculty advocacy initiatives to improve departmental and community engagement.

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