The Family Health Challenge is an 8-week community based overweight and obesity prevention program for 7-11 year olds. Doctors from the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) lead the weekly lessons and introduce the children to a series of healthy behaviors each week. The CIR Policy and Education Initiative, the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, developed the Family Health Challenge in order to give information to families about the health crisis in our neighborhood that stems from what we eat and our lack of exercise. 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. 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.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.
PEI is committed to providing resident physicians and faculty with learning opportunities to develop these important systems improvement skills. PEI also seeks to develop resident physician champions who can share what they have learned with their faculty and resident colleagues – and develop into published QI leaders after completing their training.