Global Health Track
The goal of the global health track is to provide residents with an extensive introduction to the health care issues of children worldwide and to encourage applying the learned skills to address these issues throughout their careers.
The Global Health Track is a two-and-a-half-year program, running concurrently with residency that will offer you further education in global health and prepare you for the opportunity to travel abroad. Most importantly, you will learn about global health, develop effective programs around the world, and learn about how you can incorporate global health into your lifelong career whether that be general pediatrics, a subspecialty, or even living overseas.
The track was organized and developed by our Global Health Director Dr. Jennifer Watts in 2011. Over the two and a half years, the Global Health Track residents will participate in didactic sessions, evening sessions, global health track activities of the advocacy elective in the second year and one international elective in the third year. These activities will be full of fun, hands on activities, practical information to use in the field, and networking with people who have participated in global health work.
The Advanced Global Health Track is intended for those residents who come with a significant amount of international work already and/or have a strong desire to pursue a career with a large emphasis in global health.
The goal of the Advocacy Track is to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to improve child health by engaging communities and using evidence based strategies. It offers a unique educational experience in that it is a statewide collaborative comprised of up to 2 residents per class from each of the 4 pediatric residency programs in Missouri. Participants will have ample opportunities to share ideas, working together to create broad system changes in their individual communities and across the state. The Child Advocacy Track will go above and beyond the basic broad exposure provided during the required rotation in your PL-2 year—it is designed to support residents with a passion for advocacy and an interest in taking a leadership role throughout their careers.
Selected residents will attend a state-wide conference to learn key skills and strategies, such as leading a group effectively, identifying meaningful issues within a community, collaborating with community partners, building coalitions, writing grants, and influencing public policy. They will each complete an individual advocacy project, under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Some examples of past projects include:
- Kristin Streiler – Amethyst Place is a transitional living community for mothers who are recovering from drug addiction and their children. Kristin organized sessions where mom and kids would prepare healthy food together with the goals of teaching them about nutrition and providing a joyful opportunity for moms and children to bond. She later used that platform to provide the moms with a smoking cessation intervention, including nicotine replacement therapy.
- April McNeil – Synergy Services is an organization that, among other services, provides emergency shelter to adolescents who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, running away, or homelessness. April implemented the use of a standardized screening tool for high risk sexual behaviors for adolescents upon arrival to Synergy, then facilitated access to healthcare services and contraception.
- Luke Prest – First Steps is the birth to three early intervention program for the state of Missouri. The goal of Luke’s project was to improve the First Steps referral process. He did this by speaking to First Steps staff and surveying pediatricians, then creating educational materials.
The Clinica Hispana de Cudados de Salud (CHICOS) sets CMH apart by offering a formal program for medical Spanish learning as part of a resident’s weekly continuity clinic. Selected residents with at least intermediate Spanish work alongside Spanish proficient general academic pediatricians and a dedicated Spanish language coach to provide care to Spanish speaking families. In addition to developing bilingual language skills, CHICOS residents learn how to provide culturally-appropriate support for the large Spanish speaking population of Kansas City. Typically, graduates of the CHICOS continuity clinic complete residency as qualified bilingual pediatricians.
Residents participate in simulation sessions using high fidelity mannequins during their outpatient elective months. Residents work in teams of 4-6 residents to address common pediatric critical illnesses, including altered mental status, respiratory failure, and cardiac emergencies. Residents have the opportunity to work on resuscitation skills and procedures, such as vascular access and airway support, as well as improve their leadership and communication ability in crisis situations. Simulation session are facilitated by both physician staff and a multi-disciplinary team including nurse and RT educators. In addition to the in-depth simulation experience, residents are also provided with supplemental electronic learning resources as a review of these important topics.