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How to Plan Community-based Projects

This series is an introduction to the basic values, principles and methods of developing a community-based initiative. The short videos stress the unique role of the pediatrician in community work. Once you've completed the worksheets you will be well on your way to developing your own proposal for a community health project.

      ​Videos​​​​​​Worksheets
  1.  How to prepare for community work
  2.  How to get to the root of the problem
  3.  How to generate solutions
  4.  How to start upstream
  5.  How to change behavior
  6.  How to go from an idea to a proposal
  7.  How to know it is working
  8.  How to lead without being the boss
  9.  How to use your voice
10.  How to be an effective and efficient ​advocate
11.  How to sustain your project
12.  Putting it all together: community work in action 


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Meet the ​​​Facilitators

Andy Aligne MD, MPH, FAAP is the executive director of the Hoekelman Center in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester.  The Center trains young physicians to become leaders in community health and advocacy.  Dr. Aligne has ment​ored dozens of residents doing community projects, some of which have led to sustained programs helping inner city children.  His original research on determinants of child health has been published in leading scientific journals. He is the Community Pediatrics Editor for Pediatrics in Review. He has received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award from the pediatrics residents at Rochester, and in 2013 was recognized with the UR’s Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award.

Anda K. Kuo MD, FAAP is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where she is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators.  Dr. Kuo is the Director of the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program and the Associate Director of the Pathway to Health and Society for the UCSF School of Medicine.  Her professional focus is on underserved medicine, community health, advocacy and physician leadership.  Her clinical work is at the San Francisco General Hospital where she has an adolescent clinic and precepts medical students and residents in the acute care and well child clinics.    In addition, she is a Commissioner of San Francisco First Five, the only public agency in San Francisco solely dedicated to the healthy development of children ages zero to five years.

Michele Lossius MD, FAAP is associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Advocacy Curriculum at the University of Florida. She also serves as the physician director of quality and safety for Pediatrics, a faculty mentor in the new medical school curriculum fo​r both first year and second year small groups. Dr. Lossius also has clinical research time devoted to patients with Pompe disease. She developed, and now coordinates, a three year longitudinal advocacy curriculum for pediatric residents.She was awarded a CATCH grant as a resident to improve education regarding Oral Health in resident continuity clinics and teach fluoride varnish application. This led to serving as the Florida Chapter Oral Health Advocate and was also her entry into the world of advocacy.​