In 2001, we initiated an innovative curriculum called PARC, Pediatric Advocacy, Rural and Community. Then, in 2014, the PARC rotation was expanded into a comprehensive program, which seeks to:
Continue advocacy training at a more in-depth level at more opportunities throughout Residency training.
Strengthen our presence in the community by identifying and building partnerships with other groups who share a common interest in advancing child issues.
Strengthen the work being done by our faculty in advocacy, offering professional development in the field, as well as nurturing and promoting advocacy interests.
Our goal with PARC is to teach our residents the skills necessary to become effective advocates for children and families. We are committed to the belief that child health is tied to the health of the community at large. By working to understand how community, culture, geography, economics, and the health care system impacts child health in both positive and negative ways, you will learn how to identify and approach issues that affect our children at the local, regional, state, national and global levels. PARC centers on the belief that by working to get you out of the academic medical center and into the community, you will better appreciate those factors that work to affect children's well-being.
The curriculum centers on developing skills in community competence, community assessment and community advocacy. Together, we can help you better understand children's environments and work to improve their lives. Our residents have won national acclaim for their work in PARC, including CATCH grants from the AAP, and the AAP Anne E. Dyson National Resident Advocacy Award as well as funding from private sources.
PARC is a longitudinal curriculum with an experience in the first year of residency, along with an experience in the second year for residents choosing the Ambulatory/Community Individualized Learning Curriculum track.
The PARC rotation aims to train pediatricians to:
Identify and treat the social determinants of health
Practice trauma-informed care while recognizing and nurturing resilience and protective factors
Embrace their role as physician advocate, leader and partner in the community
PARC 1 - Required during intern year: 4 week rotation introducing concepts of community engagement, advocacy and public health. Interns also begin developing their ideas for a longitudinal community project, carried out in teams throughout their training.
PARC 2 - Senior electives: Choose to experience rural New Mexico pediatrics, OR, immerse in the local community, with a customized, tailored experience in advocacy, public health or community engagement.
Resident lectures, Morning Report
Grand Rounds on advocacy topics
Media Advocacy Workshop, Community Project Series
Train Talks: Trips to the Legislature
Annual Community & Advocacy in Pediatrics Symposium
Doc Talks at early childhood centers
And much more!
Examples of PARC proposals that became projects and programs:
Grassroot Soccer: Using the Power of Soccer to Fight AIDS in Zimbabwe Gates Foundation Funding, AAP National Resident Advocacy Award
New Futures: Establishing a Well-Child Clinic at an Alternative High School for Teen Mothers CATCH grant
The Zia Pueblo Bicycle Program CATCH grant
Sealing the gaps in dental care CATCH grant
Hornet Health: Highland High’s Health Column CATCH grant
The Needs of Incarcerated Native American Youth NIH funding
Caring for families living with HIV in Lesoth Private foundation funding
Home based screening for autism: Providing resources for rural families CATCH Grant
Familias Fuerte: Establishing a Community Exercise and Nutrition program in SE Albuquerque CATCH Grant, AAP National Resident Advocacy Award
School Gardens for Health CATCH Grant, Home Depot Foundation Grant
VAMOs: Tennis and Nutrition for Life USTA funding
Breast Feeding Friends Network (B.F.F. network) CATCH grant
Pediatric Obesity CATCH grant
Developing a Crisis Nursery in Albuquerque
Improving developmental screening in New Mexico
Establishing a Palliative Care Program
Educating teens to prevent shaken baby syndrome
Using Ballet Folklorico to combat obesity
Addressing the health needs of homeless teens in Albuquerque
Combating distracted driving among adolescents
Improving continuity between urgent care and a medical home
Addressing child health needs in Ghana
Closing the gaps for foster kids
Using school gardens to improve child health
Needs assessment for refugee families in Albuquerque
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