2017-2018: Interprofessional Student-Driven Chapter of Primary Care Progress
Julie M. Schirmer, LCSW, Kristen Sciacca, MD, Corinne Martineau, PharmD, Leigh Johnson, TUSM Class of 2017, Hamish Haddow, TUSM Class of 2018
Community Partner: Preble Street
The purpose of this faculty mini-grant is to support the growing Maine Primary Care Progress (PCProgress) chapter interprofessional student activities in the Portland area. The chapter mission is to transform improve primary care in Maine with a focus on leadership development, interprofessional collaboration, patient care and community outreach to high risk, underserved populations.
We will apply Community Oriented Primary Care principles to our activities by: 1) identifying a population, 2) determining their needs, 3) creating a project that meets the needs, and 4) measuring results (Robert Graham Center, 2017). Our identified population is the underserved, at-risk population of Greater Portland. We will determine the needs of this population through participation in quantitative and qualitative research projects. Our current and planned projects include volunteering in the local soup kitchen; strategizing with community organizations to create a student hotspotting project; community Town Hall meetings to inform students and the community about transformational projects; and conducting an environmental scan of primary care transformational projects. We will measure results through assessments from the students, faculty advisors, participating community providers and Town Hall participants.
2016-2017: Passamaquoddy Pipeline Program
Jo Ellen Linder, MD
Community Partner: Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe, Beatrice Rafferty School
During academic year 2014-15 a Maine track student established a personal connection with members of the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy tribe in Maine that led to several meetings and communications in the spring and early summer. The Passamaquoddy Pipeline Program was initiated when several students and two Maine Tufts faculty members (Christina Holt, MD, MPH and Tania Strout, RN, PhD) traveled Sipayik to participate in an intertribal health fair August 7-8, 2015.
In the summer of 2015, Chief Fred Moore of the Pleasant Point Tribe, Loretta Godfrey RN, and other members of the Tribal government laid-out a number of specific health concerns on the Reservation that they believe to be high priorities. The Passamaquoddy leaders and community members want to collaborate with Tufts student outreach efforts on the following: 1) mental health & substance abuse, 2) diabetes, 3) obesity, 4) elder care, and 5) maternal/sexual health. They also would like some component of the program to engage younger tribal members around medical education and a future in medicine or health as a career.