All of our residents participate in a 3-year longitudinal community-based experience called the Kaiser Pediatric Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health (REACH) program. This unique curriculum affords individual residents the opportunity to engage together with communities throughout the thread of their training, linking experiences at the medical center with neighborhoods and communities.

The overarching goals of the Kaiser Pediatric REACH program are to:

  • Interface with and assess existing resources and assets within a defined community
  • Understand elements of school based health
  • Identify and prioritize gaps in health outcomes for a defined neighborhood
  • Understand how social determinants of health affect health outcomes for populations
  • Advocate for best child health outcomes

Curriculum

All residents participate in the REACH curriculum ~2 half days per 4-week block averaged over the academic calendar year. Activities include:

  • Introduction to partnering community/school site
  • Neighborhood resource mapping and needs assessment
  • Participation as liaison with community organizations and leaders for understanding and addressing pediatric health issues
  • Developing and delivering educational talks in collaboration with community organizations
  • Local, state, and national advocacy for policies promoting pediatric health issues
  • Development of a longitudinal project at partnering community site
  • Completion of self-directed assignments

Some examples of resident projects include:

  • Teen resource awareness
  • Vaccine education
  • Disaster preparedness plans for neighborhoods
  • Obesity prevention strategies
  • Health professions mentorship
  • Nutrition education for teen mothers
  • Intimate partner violence prevention

Read more about the REACH program and its involvement in the community:

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Trixy Bulda, GME Coordinator.