Category Archives: Community Engagement

MU Walks the Talk with New Patient-Centered Care Learning Center

By Jennifer J. Salopek

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Last month, the University of Missouri Medical School broke ground on an innovative new facility at its main campus in Columbia: the Patient-Centered Care Learning Center (PCCLC). From name to design to construction materials, the building will reflect MU’s mission to educate future physicians to provide effective, patient-centered care. Continue reading MU Walks the Talk with New Patient-Centered Care Learning Center

Empowering Communities, One Family at a Time

By Aaron J. Byzak, MBA, FACHE

Joselin Reyes had dreams of a career in the medical field, helping others and making a difference in the world. She was determined to accomplish her goal, but the odds were stacked against her. She is the youngest of four children and none of her siblings graduated from high school. Both of her parents are native Spanish speakers with limited English ability. Her family could give her emotional support, but she did not have the financial and educational support needed to make her dreams come true.

Joselin Reyes (2012)When we set out to create the HERE Initiative (Health + Education + Research = Empowerment), a community outreach program designed to address some of the unmet needs of San Diego’s south bay and southeastern regions, we had students like Joselin in mind. We wanted to address several of the key social determinants of health, namely health care access, education, and workforce development. Continue reading Empowering Communities, One Family at a Time

My Week as a Country Doctor

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD

Originally posted June 22, 2015

Just got done with a week as camp doctor at a resident camp for children in Central California. I started volunteering as camp doc last summer, not just so I could clandestinely keep an eye on my own kids and take their pictures on the sly — but as a personal challenge to see if I could do one of the most challenging yet rewarding jobs in medicine, being a country doctor.

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Second Annual #Hotspotting Mini-Grant Project Launches This Summer

Originally published June 16, 2015

By Sonya Collins

For the second year, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers (CCHP), Primary Care Progress (PCP), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) are collaborating on the Hotspotting Mini-Grant Project. The initiative gives interdisciplinary teams of health professions students an unparalleled hands-on opportunity to learn and practice an innovative model of health care coordination called hotspotting. Here, program partners weigh in on why hotspotting is important and the new elements participants can expect this year.

“The average health professions student is told that their job is to shadow and wait their turn. This project gets them off the sidelines and engaged in a meaningful way,” says Andrew Morris-Singer, a general internist and president of PCP. Continue reading Second Annual #Hotspotting Mini-Grant Project Launches This Summer

Personalized Medicine, Disney Style

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD

As a pediatrician, I make it part of my personal continuing education goals to keep up with the latest in children’s entertainment. Big Hero 6, Disney’s latest animated feature film, did not disappoint. It introduced me to Baymax, a potential future health care colleague I can look up to. Continue reading Personalized Medicine, Disney Style

Tulane Medical Students Learn About Health As Well As Health Care

By Jennifer J. Salopek

Do doctors who eat better provide better care? Tim Harlan believes they do. Educating medical students and residents about healthy foods and their preparation is central to the mission of the Goldring Center for Culinary Education at Tulane University, which Harlan directs. Both a trained chef and a doctor, Harlan is committed to showing future doctors—and the patients and communities they serve—that good-for-you foods can taste good too. In a high-fat, high-salt, high-alcohol environment like New Orleans, where the obesity rate is five points higher than the national average, that’s a crucial message to get across.

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Innovative High and Middle School Programs Can Increase Pipeline Diversity

By Marc Nivet, EdD, MBA, and Jennifer J. Salopek

As educational institutions seek to address the looming doctor shortage in the United States and to create a physician workforce that more closely resembles the patient population, programs that help to create diverse and inclusive environments—such as high and middle school pipeline programs—can help us to meet these goals. Medical students across the country have worked to create programs in their communities that open up the possibilities of careers in medicine. This work must be encouraged, promoted, and replicated.

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Notes From The Hotspotters: Trouble At Home

Originally posted December 2, 2014

By Rebecca Bausinger

Heading into Section 8 housing – also known as “the projects” – our hotspotting team was not sure what to expect. Our task ahead was daunting — we had yet to enroll any of our four required patients. This would be my first home health experience. For a health care provider, going into a patient’s home can be nerve-wracking if you are not used to it. I was glad to have two of my teammates by my side. 
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