We provide a required 1-month rotation early in the intern year during which residents, working in groups, learn advocacy skills, gain a better understanding of social determinants of health and of some of the challenges faced by families in Providence. They explore the communities, learn about resources and are introduced to a myriad of community organizations. Together, residents will design projects that address specific issues that come to light during the rotation.
The Brown Residency International/Global Health Training Pathway, or BRIGHT, began as an interest group in global health founded by a combined Adult/Pediatric ID fellow and a group of interested residents. Out of a desire to enhance exposure to a breadth of topics in global health, to develop a learning community among residents, and to foster mentoring relationships between residents and faculty active in global health, a 2 year residency pathway was developed and approved in the fall of 2009. The goal of the BRIGHT pathway is to allow scholars to deepen their understanding of global healthcare, as it pertains to patients both within Rhode Island and abroad with a particular emphasis on historically resource-poor nations and ethnic groups, obtain experience in the practice of medicine in these settings and pursue scholarly projects in preparation for long-term involvement in global health following post-graduate training. The BRIGHT pathway is multidisciplinary and residents from pediatrics, medicine/pediatrics, triple board, internal medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology are welcome to apply. Applications are due mid intern year.
For more details see: http://www.brown.edu/academics/medical/bright/
The Fostering Health Program was established to address obstacles to health care experienced by Rhode Island’s children in foster, kinship and congregate care. As a component of Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s primary care services, the Fostering Health Program is committed to providing timely, comprehensive, family- centered services as well as ongoing trauma informed primary care. We work closely with community partners including caseworkers from Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), foster families, biological parents, group homes, mental, behavior and developmental providers as well as schools. The team consists of Colleen Deems, MSN CPNP, a pediatric nurse practitioner, Carol Lewis, MD, a pediatrician and a Laurie-Ann Sepe, LPN, a nurse health coordinator. Residents have the opportunity to participate in the program and provide ongoing trauma informed primary care for the children in their continuity clinic with the support of the team’s care coordination.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital Refugee Health Program is scheduled each month to provide evaluation and screening for Rhode Island’s refugee children. We provide their initial comprehensive evaluation and treatment within 1 month of their arrival in the United States. We welcome families from all over the world, most recently from Burundi, Iraq, Iran, Eritrea, Congo, Liberia, Bhutan, Nepal, and Burma/Myanmar. In addition, we are committed to the ongoing primary care of these children. We strive to create a medical home for the children that is culturally appropriate, patient-centered, collaborative and continuous.
Our families speak over 20 languages such as Kirundi, Krahn, Kunama, Karen, Chin, Tigrinya, Swahili, Arabic, Nepali and others. We partner with the interpreters who provide not only linguistic interpretation, but function as Community Health Workers who educate families as well as the providers who care for these children. Our other community partners include the International Institute of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Department of Health, St Joseph’s Pediatric Dental Residency Program, Brown University Department of Psychology. These collaborations allow us to provide more comprehensive services to our refugee patients.
Carol Lewis is the Director of the Refugee Health Program. Residents are invited to participate in the refugee clinic with the initial comprehensive evaluations for newly arrived refugee children, subsequent follow up and ongoing primary care in their own continuity clinic. In this way the resident is allowed the opportunity to provide care during the entire resettlement process and provide a medical home to address their unique needs.
Teens Empowered to Advocate for Community Health (TEACH) is a community service organization started in 2014 by Med-Peds alumna Margret Chang ('14) and current Med-Peds resident, Eric Chow. The program was established with an AAP CATCH grant received in 2013. Over the summer, the pilot program was completed with great success. This program was designed to reach out to underserved high school students and to engage them in a series of health related lectures to further engage the in health related conversations and introduce them to various aspects of what it would be like to have a healthcare related career. The program is run by residents, medical students and public health students and is a collaboration between Brown University, Lifespan residents and the Woonsocket school district (www.teachcommunityhealth.com).
Teen Tot Clinic is a multidisciplinary primary care program for very young teen mothers and their children. We care for moms who are 16 years old or younger when they have their first child and continue to care for them and their children until mom is 21. We recognize the unique health, behavioral, and educational needs of this unique group of families. We have created a developmentally focused primary care model that includes our primary nurses, pediatricians, adolescent medicine physicians, a social worker, and a psychologist. We support young families to be healthy, to delay subsequent pregnancies, to continue their education and vocational training, and to live in safe and stable environments. We provide the developmental scaffolding to facilitate healthy, safe, effective and nurturing parenting. We provide adolescent medicine/general pediatric care, nutrition, social work and behavioral health evaluations as part of our advanced medical home for these unique families. It is a great place to learn about adolescence, about families and about multidisciplinary team-based care
As part of the "Kids into Health Careers" National Initiative, the Med/Peds program has organized and hosted an after school club for 8th grade students at the Roger Williams Middle School, a local public middle school about a mile from the hospital campus. Twice per month, residents and faculty host the student members of the club for a one-hour workshop highlighting some aspect of medicine (cardiology, hematology, infectious diseases, etc.) or related healthcare fields (nursing, laboratory technician, respiratory therapist, etc.). Activities such as staining and viewing their teachers' peripheral blood smears, watching an obstetric ultrasound, or discussing the importance of good study habits in school have made this program extremely popular with residents and middle schoolers alike. David Washington, MD, has taken on new responsibilities for the program along with Alexis Devine, Youth Development Coordinator (Lifespan Office of Community Outreach). Young Doctors has been featured in the Providence Journal, Channel 10 News and the Rhode Island Hospital Founders Day Celebration.
Teens Empowered to Advocate for Community Health
Awarded to: Eric Chow, MD (Med-Peds ’17) and Jackie Hsieh, MD (’17)
Barriers to Care: A Neighborhood Approach
Awarded to: Jessie Kerr, MD (’15)
Empowering Health in Southeast Asian Youth
Awarded to: Margret Chang, MD (Med-Peds ’14)
Adolescent Refugees of RI Valuing Excellence (ARRIVE)
Awarded to: Chase Samsel, MD (Triple Board ’13)
Addressing Youth Interpersonal Violence in Providence
Awarded to: Natasha Frederick, MD (’12)
Awarded to: Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, MD (’12)
Developing an Adolescent Chronic Illness Council
Awarded to: Gary Maslow, MD (Triple Board ’09)
Refugee Health Initiative
Awarded to: Erica Hardy, MD (Med-Peds ’06)
Bridging Gaps: Providence Hispanic Children's Health
Awarded to: Loida Bonney, MD (Med-Peds ’05)
Medical Homes Initiative for Incarcerated Adolescents
Awarded to: Karen Mazie, MD (’04)
Transitioning the Care of Adolescent Parents 2000
Awarded to: Suzanne McLaughlin, MD (Med-Peds, ’02)
Fostering Health Program
Refugee Health Program
Teen Tot Clinic
CATCH Grant Recipients at Brown
Website by Art in silico
Adam Pallant, MD, PhD
Associate Program Directors
Jeffrey Riese, MD
Robin Kremsdorf, MD
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