Leaders for Local Change: Addressing Health Disparities through Resident Empowerment

We have developed a track focused on community health and engagement. This is a longitudinal certificate program to study and gain a deeper understanding into existing health disparities and inequities in our community and to provide opportunities for trainees to enact effective and sustainable community change.  This track has four components.

Part I
Monthly educational sessions led by content experts.  1-2 hours of preparation (e.g. reading articles and book chapters, watching documentaries…) is expected prior to each session.  Educational sessions are open to residents not participating in the track.  The curriculum will address a rotation of the following topics yearly:

  • Structural violence
  • Immigrant health
  • Disability justice
  • LGBTQ health
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Reproductive justice/Women’s health
  • Mental healthcare
  • Disaster healthcare

Part II
Complete medication-assisted therapy waiver training, asylum medical evaluation training, and bias reduction in internal medicine workshops.  Participation in a legislative policy brief via the LEAD elective is highly encouraged.

Find your passion via community engagement (e.g. working with street medicine, student-rum clinics, Chicago Public Schools, prison health, fair housing initiatives, asylum health evaluations…)

Part III-IV
Finding a mentor and initiating and developing a sustainable community engagement initiative and presenting your project pitfalls, triumphs, and findings at MedPeds Grand Rounds.