Leonard P. Rome CATCH Visiting Professorships

​Leonard P. Rome CATCH Visiting Professorships


    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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