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. Integration of a holistic approach to community and population health through longitudinal training is a major priority of our residency program.

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

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

Residents have the opportunity to also link and collaborate with community partners to foster better understanding of systems of care and promote the quality of health of our populations. Whether through garnering an AAP CATCH grant or delivering a presentation to a community organization or school, longitudinal resident relationships in the community cultivate strong partnerships to improve the health of children. 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.