Community Rotation Partnership: Bridging the gap

Each year, three residents in the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, Department of Pediatrics – Division of Commphoto1unity Pediatrics get to experience hands-on training as they take a residency with the Magnolia and Azalea Projects, where they learn about the social determinants of health and community-based preconception and prenatal services, as a part of their Community Rotation.

The goal of the Community Rotation is to increase the pediatric resident’s understanding and exposure to key community health/community pediatrics concepts. This year’s participants included Dr. McLendon, Dr. Munir and Dr. Ward. The residents visited the Magnolia and Azalea Projects tphoto-3o shadow activities, including a group activity at Azalea on substance abuse. At the end of the Community Rotation, the residents are expected to have achieved competencies in life course sciences, child health equity and child advocacy.

The residents rotate on a monthly basis, spending an actual 15 days in the community. During their time, the residents participate in a variety of community activities that are scheduled throughout the year, including the City of Jacksonville’s forum on Crime and Safety and the Northeast Florida Children’s Advocacy Summit.photo2

A priority for the Coalition is training medical and other healthcare professionals on life course factors and social determinants of health like toxic stress, racism and lifelong poverty that leads to poor health outcomes. The residents involved in the Community Rotation become better equipped to serve the community and address the issues that impact people’s lives. This benefits the community because their health issues can be better managed by doctors who understand the root causes of poor health outcomes in the communities the doctors serve.