Pediatric Advocacy, Rural and Community (PARC)

As a resident in pediatrics at The University of New Mexico, you’ll learn the skills to advocate for children and families. The Pediatric Advocacy, Rural and Community (PARC) program aims to:

  • Provide in-depth advocacy training throughout the residency.
  • Strengthen the Department of Pediatrics’ presence in the community by identifying and partnering with groups who share interest in child issues.
  • Strengthen the faculty’s work in advocacy by offering professional development in the field, and nurturing and promoting advocacy interests.

We initiated the innovative PARC curriculum in 2001 and expanded the rotation into a comprehensive program in 2014. This curriculum includes an experience in the first year of residency, as well as the second year for residents choosing the Ambulatory/Community Individualized Learning Curriculum track.

Child health is tied to community health. By getting into the community through PARC, you’ll:

  • Understand how community, culture, geography, economics and the health care system affect child health.
  • Learn how to identify and approach issues that affect children at the local, regional, state, national and global levels.

Residents have won national acclaim for their work in PARC, including Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) grants from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the AAP Anne E. Dyson National Resident Advocacy Award and private funding.

Rotations include:

  • PARC 1 (required during intern year) – This four-week rotation introduces concepts of community engagement, advocacy and public health. Interns also begin developing their ideas for a longitudinal community project, carried out in teams throughout their training.
  • PARC 2 (senior electives) – Choose to experience rural New Mexico pediatrics, the operating room and immersion in the local community

As a resident in pediatrics at The University of New Mexico, you’ll learn the skills to advocate for children and families. The Pediatric Advocacy, Rural and Community (PARC) program aims to:

  • Provide in-depth advocacy training throughout the residency.
  • Strengthen the Department of Pediatrics’ presence in the community by identifying and partnering with groups who share interest in child issues.
  • Strengthen the faculty’s work in advocacy by offering professional development in the field, and nurturing and promoting advocacy interests.

We initiated the innovative PARC curriculum in 2001 and expanded the rotation into a comprehensive program in 2014. This curriculum includes an experience in the first year of residency, as well as the second year for residents choosing the Ambulatory/Community Individualized Learning Curriculum track.

PARC curriculum involves:

  • Annual Community and Advocacy in Pediatrics Symposium
  • Grand rounds on advocacy topics
  • Media advocacy workshop, community project series
  • Resident lectures, morning report
  • Train Talks: trips to the legislature

Apply to the UNM pediatric residency program.

Sponsored Projects & Programs

PARC proposals became sponsored projects and programs with funding from these organizations:

  • Breast Feeding Friends Network (B.F.F. network)
  • Familias Fuerte: Establishing a Community Exercise and Nutrition program in SE Albuquerque (AAP National
  • Resident Advocacy Award)
  • Home-Based Screening for Autism: Providing Resources for Rural Families
  • Home Depot Foundation Grant
  • Hornet Health: Highland High’s Health Column
  • New Futures: Establishing a Well-Child Clinic at an Alternative High School for Teen Mothers
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • School Gardens for Health
  • Sealing the Gaps in Dental Care
  • The Zia Pueblo Bicycle Program

Grassroot Soccer: Using the Power of Soccer to Fight AIDS in Zimbabwe.

The Needs of Incarcerated Native American Youth.

Caring for Families Living with HIV in Lesotho.

VAMOs: Tennis and Nutrition for Life.

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