The Community Pediatrics Training Initiative Project Planning Tool: A Practical Approach to Community-Based Advocacy

Date of Review: January, 2019

This resource, from MedEdPORTAL, includes a tool that provides a step-wise approach for residents to develop a community-based advocacy project. The tool includes an annotated, 10-step approach to teach learners how to engage communities to ensure projects are built with, not for, communities. Learning modalities include readings, reflection, and experiential learning (particularly for groups of learners who go on to implement their projects). A brief didactic to introduce the session is included along with the planning tool. A debrief follows where faculty can provide learners feedback regarding their project using a structured, milestone-anchored assessment rubric. Faculty should have knowledge of the community, and prior advocacy experience is ideal. While originally developed in 2002 at the University of New Mexico, the tool has since been implemented in a number of pediatric residency programs. Initially intended for use in a community health block rotation, the authors note the tool could be applied to more longitudinal projects and has broad applicability across healthcare settings. Qualitative evaluation outcomes show a change in learner attitude with respect to community engagement; programmatic outcomes include grant-funded projects attained after using this tool to aid in development.— Brigid Dolan, MD, NCEAS & Katy Wright, PhD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Albuquerque, NM and Portland, OR

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner satisfaction or reaction

Outcome and Study Design:

The authors note that the tool has been employed to develop advocacy projects that have received grant funding.

Level of Learner Assessment:

Appreciation of content/attitude assessment (self reflection, blogging with rubric)

Demonstration of skill in a controlled environment (OSCE, Simulation)


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