The KPCMPH fellowship based in Sacramento is designed to train Family Medicine physicians to become leaders in addressing health needs for vulnerable communities. Our urban location will provide experiences in both local and state-wide public health efforts and projects to improve the health of our populations with emphasis in the most underserved populations: women, children, unhoused, under/uninsured, immigrants, and transgender individuals among others. Through the fellowship participants will enhance current pipeline programs through our partnerships with local schools and regional programs (Prep Médico) with the goal to inspire and support low-income and underrepresented minority students into the health professions.
The fellow will spend the majority of their clinical time at local Federally Qualified Health Centers, where they will provide primary and urgent care to a diverse patient population. Location of clinics will be in Midtown, Downtown and West Sacramento. Fellows will also have opportunities to precept medical students in local student run clinics (Saturdays/Sundays), provide care at regional health fairs and public health county clinics.
Highlights and Objectives
- Enhance the capacity and provide direct support to local FQHCs and other community partners to meet the shared goals of providing medical care, eliminating health disparities and improving access to healthcare services in the community.
- Instruct, supervise and precept KP Sacramento family medicine residents (starting June 2021) and medical students training in community-based sites.
- Partner with community agencies: California Department of Public Health, Sacramento Department of Public Health, Multiple schools (elementary-high school), Women’s Empowerment, Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility etc. Fellow can also direct their focus on community agencies based on personal and professional interest.
- Support local and regional pipeline programs by providing engaging, age-appropriate teaching sessions or workshops to local schools, several times during school year.
- Work together with faculty and community site directors to further develop the Community Medicine Residency Curriculum.
- Engage in mentored community projects and research opportunities with support of dedicated research project manager.
- Fellow will develop a community project at a clinical site.
- Fellow will have opportunities to participate in health policy activities within Sacramento and specifically Northern California health policy elective (based on fellow interest).
Community Advocacy and Community Project
Fellow is expected to complete a scholarly project in community health. Topics can vary from quality improvement implementation at local community clinic, research project through Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Division of Research, medical education, public health or health policy, further enhancing pipeline programs etc.
Fellows will have regular protected time to develop their projects, meet with mentors, researchers, community partners and other KP community Health fellows in the region.
Fellows will be expected to actively participate in community initiatives, health fairs, advocacy and other activities that assist with KP efforts to reduce health disparities and develop and recruit diverse students and physicians.
- Fellows will meet regularly with other Community Medicine fellows in region for didactic learning.
- Fellows will have opportunity to attend lectures hosted by California Department of Public Health/Sacramento County Department of Public Health.
- Fellows will have opportunity to shape community medicine rotation curriculum for the KP Sacramento Valley Family Medicine Residency Program who will accept its first class in Summer 2021.