Public Health and Advocacy

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All PL-1s rotate on Community Pediatrics Rotation. During this rotation, residents participate in the KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic reaching out to children in disadvantaged communities in the city, and spend time at two different high school based health and wellness centers, and spend time at WIC, the Capital Area Food Bank, the Child and Family Services Agency, and the HOYA Clinic for the Homeless.

New this year, in response to rising rates of childhood overweight and obesity in the Greater Washington DC area, the Division of Community Pediatrics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC, has developed a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® healthy weight and activity management program for children titled FITNESS (Fun In Teaching Nutrition and Exercise to Successful Students).

Led by a multidisciplinary team including a pediatrician, registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, and community health educator, the program works with schools, families and community partners throughout the Greater Washington, DC area to enhance nutrition and activity behaviors in children.

Residents have the opportunity to volunteer with the RMCM FITNESS Program to assist in engaging children and their families in healthy nutrition and physical activity opportunities throughout the school year. Volunteer activities include the following:

  • Leading and assisting hands-on healthy cooking classes and grocery store tours using the Cooking Matters curriculum
  • Assisting mini-nutrition lessons during school meal times using the Healthy Kids Challenge Curriculum
  • Assisting educational programming for parents and caregivers using the NIH evidence-based We Can! Curriculum
  • Assisting with physical activities for students before, during, and/or after school using the BOKS program

For residents on the Community Health and Advocacy Track there are five main goals:

  1. To learn the link between the five pillars of community health
  2. To become an ‘issue expert’.
  3. To understand the role of the provider in shaping public health
  4. To become an advocate for a specific pediatric issue or concern
  5. To understand the individual health in the context of population health.