Longitudinal Social/Cultural/Behavioral Determinants of Health Rotations 


One of the primary training objectives is to train residents to collaborate with community-based organizations to achieve positive health outcomes through the completion of a health needs assessment and an intervention. The Community Health Preventive Medicine Residency Program is structured to allow residents to complete a longitudinal, community-based, service-learning project with a faith-based organization during the two-year residency training program.

The goals of this community-based training are to:

  • Train residents to establish effective community partnerships.
  • Impact health outcomes through the related health promotion and education activities.

The rotation objectives are to:

  • Establish relationships with community representatives.
  • Complete a health assessment of the assigned community.
  • Present the project to a community meeting or community board, justify the assessment and its methods and obtain community approval.
  • Design a community intervention in conjunction with the community-based organization.
  • Carry out the intervention in a culturally sensitive and appropriate fashion.
  • Manage the project’s budget.
  • Design and utilize process objectives to assess the extent to which the project is consistent with the health goals.
  • Analyze the results and prepare a final report to the organization.
  • Prepare and submit a final report and presentation.

Residents are required to submit verbal and written quarterly updates to the program administration. Residents should also keep the program informed of any developments in the scope or implementation of the rotation.