Public Health and Advocacy

The mission of the Division of Community Pediatrics is to provide access to evidence-based, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate health care to those who need it most. Our services and programs  aim to decrease health disparities and train the next generation of community-oriented health care professionals. Our expert team offers a full range of healthcare services to children in our community, regardless of insurance status. Since 1992, the Division of Community Pediatrics has served more than 7,000 children with over 60,000 patient visits.

All PGY-1 Residents spend a month on Community Pediatrics. Residents learn core principles of community and public health through direct clinical care, experiential learning with community partners, and independent, mentored and didactic learning. Learners are integrated into the multi-disciplinary community pediatrics team at multiple sites including the KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, School-Based Health Centers, FITNESS mobile medical unit. Residents work on a multidisciplinary including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and mental health providers.  They also spend time at community partner sites such as Child and Family Services Agency, Joyful Markets, lactation services and WIC.

The Community Health Track gives residents the opportunity to expand on the PGY-1 Community Pediatrics experience in and become proficient in core principles of community medicine and public health health. The resident will develop in the areas of knowledge, clinical care,  advocacy, and leadership. The resident will gain experience and develop mentors in the field and be well positioned to consider a career in community pediatrics. As a capstone, the resident will work with a faculty mentor on an independent longitudinal project in applied community pediatrics, including design implementation, evaluation and presentation or publication.