In 2012-2013, we introduced a longitudinal community based experience called the Kaiser Pediatric REACH (Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health) program. This unique program 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

Year 1:

  • Intro/understanding of goals and objectives of program
  • Introduction to home clinic site/school
  • Participation as liaison with school health nursing/clinic leadership for delivering educational talks
  • Neighborhood resource mapping and needs assessment
  • Participation as liaison with community organizations and leaders for understanding and addressing pediatric health issues
  • Development and approval of longitudinal project by end of school year
  • Completion of self-directed assignments
    • introduction to policy and advocacy
    • introduction to resource mapping
    • introduction to AAP community medicine modules

Year 2:

  • Continuation of Year 1 clinical experiences and liaison participation
  • Experiences with community linked resources and public health systems
  • Continued development of longitudinal project
  • Mentorship of junior learners

Year 3/4:

  • Continuation of Year 2 clinical experiences and liaison participation
  • Policy development and immersion
  • Participation in CCS-MTU
  • Continuation and finalization/hand-over of longitudinal project

Some examples of current 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.