In an effort to address the root causes of chronic disease and illness in The Bronx originally, resident physicians from CIR came together to create ways for doctors to get out of the hospital and into the communities they serve. Beginning in 2013 in The Bronx and expanding to Brooklyn in 2014, the Family Health Challenge (FHC) is a unique opportunity for CIR members to engage with children in school settings while honing their skills as health educators.
FHC, which is funded by the CIR Patient Care Trust Fund, is the brainchild of the Committee of Interns and Residents, the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who came together to develop an eight-week community based obesity prevention program for children ages 7-11. Doctors from CIR lead the weekly lessons and introduce the children to a series of healthy behaviors each week. The Family Health Challenge believes that every person deserves to be healthy and that we should work together to make it easier for children and their parents to make healthy decisions.
What can FHC offer you?
A role in addressing health disparities in the communities you serve. The Bronx is one of the unhealthiest counties in the US with some of the highest levels of obesity. As doctors, we are often frustrated by the position we are put in to treat our already-sick patients, as opposed to practicing preventative medicine.
An educational benefit. In January 2014, the ACGME released its CLER Pathways to Excellence, a document that focuses on six areas of the clinical learning environment, two of which deal with educating residents and faculty on reducing health disparities.Through the FHC, you will learn about the systemic reasons behind the state of public health in the Bronx, which will increase your cultural competency and bedside communication skills.
Something unique in your file. We have heard from many CIR alumni that employers want to see something on your CV that makes you stand out, especially with regard to quality improvement and population health. Each FHC participant’s Program Director will receive a letter for your file, signed by the President of CIR that certifies what you gained from this experience.
If you would like to learn more and sign up to teach a lesson, please contact CIR Health Equity Director Alyssa Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org.