- Community Engagement Projects
- Master Projects
I. Rural-PRIME community engagement projects
The Rural-PRIME program at UC Davis aims to foster physician leaders who will focus on improving the health of California’s underserved rural populations. Community engagement forms an important pillar of this goal and provides students with the opportunity to gain leadership skills, invaluable knowledge about utilizing resources, and insight about the role of a physician in a rural setting. Through seminars and workshops, students have learned more about community engagement, advocacy, forms of rural healthcare, and Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) skills. ABCD describes the methodology that seeks to reveal and utilize strengths within communities as a means for sustainable development. In order to gain practical experience in community engagement, Rural-PRIME students have established community-focused projects.
Shenandoah Valley health fair
While completing rural rotations in Jackson, California, Rural-PRIME students searched for potential community engagement opportunities in this region. Students partnered with various community leaders and identified specific health disparities within Amador County. As a result, in 2011 the partnership implemented the Shenandoah Valley Health Fair, a collaborative effort between local agencies, non-profit organizations, volunteers and Rural-PRIME students. This annual event provides the community with access to no-cost medical services such as blood pressure checks, vision and diabetes screenings and vaccinations.
Moving forward, we hope to develop a long-term community partnership that is mutually beneficial to both Amador County and the PRIME students by expanding and integrating these activities into the Rural-PRIME curriculum.
Knights Landing student-run clinic
Located in a rural area of Yolo County, Knights Landing is a small farming community comprised of approximately 1000 people. When the community’s only medical clinic closed in 2008, residents had to travel many miles to obtain medical care. This was a huge barrier as public transport operated only 2 days a week, and most of the inhabitants of Knights Landing work 6 days a week on surrounding farms. With the assistance of Rural-PRIME students, a free clinic was established in February 2012 to provide basic medical services to the residents of this community. The clinic is open one day each month and is operated by students, nurses and volunteer faculty.
II. Master projects
Daniel Stein, M.P.H.
California's farm workers are a unique population with specific healthcare risks and needs. Numerous environmental and occupational exposures are detrimental to the health of California's farm workers. These exposures include pesticides, herbicides, ultraviolet radiation, machinery, dust, heat, and others. Perhaps no population is more vulnerable to unhealthy occupational exposures than farm workers because of the effects of migration, poverty, precarious employment, low levels of education, impaired access to healthcare, and substandard living conditions on their health and well-being. For his master's project, Dan worked with Dr. Marc Schenker in a community of farm workers in the Central Valley to better understand farm workers' attitudes and behaviors relevant to heat injury prevention. He also conducted educational outreach sessions on heat injury prevention around the Central Valley. Dan loved the personal interactions he had (and continues to have) with farm workers and advocates and loves knowing that he is contributing to improved occupational conditions for this incredibly resilient, hard-working, and vulnerable population.
For additional information about this project, please e-mail: Daniel.Stein@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu