Educating the Next Generation in Child Development and Community Health

The main focus in this area is to educate future physicians, public health professionals and researchers in child development and community health
Our aims are to:

  • Increase the work-force diversity in the health professions
  • Teach future pediatricians about the role of the community in creating risk or protection related to children’s health
  • Teach child development to medical students, pediatric residents and child psychiatry fellows
  • Provide internship opportunities for health promotion and research in child development and community health for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Provide advanced training for post-doctoral fellows in public health, education, nursing, and developmental-behavioral pediatrics

Current Projects include:

  • NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Comprehensive Research in Health Disparities (CRCHD), PI: Daley
  • Community Pediatrics Rotation

PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS

NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Comprehensive Research in Health Disparities (CRCHD)

The main goals of the CRCHD are to expand minority health and health disparities research activities by conducting interdisciplinary biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and community-based applied research. Additionally, the CRCHD aims to provide health information to minority and other underserved communities, as well as inform the scientific and professional communities about health disparities; and promote the participation of health disparity groups in biomedical and behavioral research. As a result, the core objective is to prepare new investigators to CRCHD to strengthen the infrastructure for research and training in minority health / health disparities through partnerships, outreach, involvement of populations with disparate health risks, and curricula for university trainees. Trainees range from high school through post doctoral fellows, and Junior Faculty.

Project Dates: 2007-2012
Total Funds Granted: $6,245,920
Director: Sandra Daley, M.D.
Website: meded.ucsd.edu/crchd/

Community Pediatrics Rotation

Pediatricians and Community Collaborating Together (PACCT) is a pediatric residency-training program designed to develop pediatric professionals with greater skills and interests in community-based medicine and advocacy. The program was designed with the understanding that many issues affecting child well-being revolve around a number of societal factors such as violence, poverty, single-parent homes, teenage pregnancy, lack of access to health care, and inadequately funded schools.

It is because of these societal factors that the UCSD School of Medicine has collaborated with the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Department of Pediatrics, to expand and develop pediatric training in the community.

PACCT requires that all pediatric residents participate in a four week block rotation, which occurs in the first year of the training and consists of two weeks focusing on community pediatrics and two weeks focusing on child protection. Additionally, residents gain cultural experience through a series of cultural immersion days and film and theater nights.

Contact: Melanie Marshall, memarshall@ucsd.edu

The Center for Community Health conducts educational research and programs in areas such as increasing the work-force diversity in the health professions, and providing advanced training for post-doctoral fellows in public health, education, nursing, and development-behavioral pediatrics.