Community and Advocacy

Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program

Med-Peds Serves the Community and are Patient Advocates

Our residents, faculty and other health care staff are invested in our community and advocacy endeavors. During residency orientation, we provide residents a tour of our community to enable more patient-centered awareness of community resources and barriers to accessing care and opportunites for healthy living. This tour helps residents think about their role as advocates for patients and their communities and provides them an overview of our many local partners.

Among our community service and advocacy endeavors:

School-Based Wellness

As members of the School Health Committee of the Medical Society of Delaware, several Med-Peds residents and faculty travel each year to Delaware public middle schools to teach seventh grade students about healthy living. This project has been so successful that both our Governor and Lieutenant Governor have declared a Healthy Living Week in the state! In addition, our initial results were published in the September 2011 Delaware Medical Journal, “Back to School: Using Physicians to Teach Middle School Health”: Volume 83 No 9; pages 277-282.

Med-Peds residents have also given presentations to students in our First State School. The First State School gives children and adolescents who would otherwise be homebound with serious illnesses (diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, severe asthma, cancer) the chance to attend school though their conditions preclude attendance at regular school. Presentation topics include healthy eating, obesity prevention, issues surrounding puberty, and general wellness. Many of these topics are in line with the Medical Society of Delaware’s “It’s OBVIOUS” campaign, striving to educate children and families about key health concerns among Delaware youth.

Free Community-Wide Health Clinics

Residents volunteer at the Orange Street clinic, a part of the Salvation Army Women and Children’s shelter, to provide acute and chronic care, immunizations, and counseling services, provided in conjunction with the Pediatric Residents from A. I. duPont Hospital for Children, on a bi-monthly basis. We are in the process of expanding the services of this clinic to provide care for adults as well.

We have also co-organized and sponsored a mini health fair at the Wilmington Senior Center and also at Wilmington’s Connections Homeless Café. Over 100 people participated in these events, and patients received free lipid and glucose screenings, blood pressure reading, BMI, flu shots and healthy living discussions. A similar event is planned at the Boys and Girls Club in Glasgow, DE this fall for adolescents.

The med-peds residency was instrumental to funding/furnishing the Sunday Breakfast Mission Women and Children’s Shelter, and help these organizations with yearly Thanksgiving food drives. . In addition, each year we participate in Wilmington Wellness day and the Ministry of Caring Holiday “Adopt-a-Family” and Thanksgiving food drives.

Medical Camps

Our residents also have the opportunity to volunteer at Kay’s Kamp, a local week-long camp for children battling cancer. They serve as part of the medical team caring for the children and helping to ensure that their time at camp is safe and healthy, in addition to loads of fun. Residents work with the Medical Director, and other members of the medical staff to help provide routine medical care, dispense medications, and provide acute care for urgent issues that arise during the camp.

Pediatric Advocacy

Our residents receive lectures from child advocates within the community. We have been able to apply these skills at the state level. Medical students and residents are able to attend the Kids Caucus, which is a bi-partisan group of government officials to promote health and welfare of Delaware’s children. In 2014, residents and students were invited to meet the Governor when E-cigarettes were banned for minors.

We have partnered with local vendors to help provide necessary items to our patients. We have a Quilts for Comfort program in which volunteers make quilts and we distribute to all our new patients. One child from our practice was recently presented with the 9000th volunteer made quilt. In addition to our quilt program, we have now started a “Health Babies Begin Here” project to provide our infants with all necessary items, including sleep sacks, car seats, toothbrushes, socks, and oral thermometers.

With our pediatric residents, we participate in Asthma Day, a yearly event, in Philadelphia where we educate and empower children about their medical diagnosis.

Caring for Patients with complex health care needs

Our residency program is involved with the organization Practice without Pressure. This group helps people, especially those with disabilities, receive quality medical, dental and personal care with dignity and respect. They work closely with our transition care practice (TCP) program and have given education sessions to the residency program. In 2014, our residency program helped raise money for this organization for a community walk and as a result, our program director was selected as walk Marshall.

Med-Peds residents research, prepare and present summaries of local community organizations that help our patients with services. A summary and contact information for the resources the residents have gathered is placed in the electronic medical record and is able to be provided to the patients at time of their encounter. This is a small snapshot of these organziations:

Practice without Pressure. Catholic Charities.
Delaware YMCA. Delaware Energy Assistance Program.
Breastfeeding Resources. Association of Retarded Citizens.
Nurses N Kids. Literacy Volunteers Services of America.
Ministry of Caring. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.
Camp Fresh. Make a Difference.
Read Aloud Delaware. Delaware S-CHIP program.
Delaware Quitline. Urban Promise.
Delaware Youth for Christ. West End Neighborhood House.
Prom Dresses.