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Tufts University School of Medicine

IDEAs Award Recipients

2019 Recipients

Clinton Pong, MD
Tufts Medical Center
GEOMAP Elective: Developing Population Health Training in Community Health Settings

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) combined with Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) can geomap patients in their community, their care clinic, and community-based organizations. This is an emerging evidence-based approach to identifying healthcare disparities that PCPs and medical students may find helpful for Population Health management and Quality Improvement work, especially as Massachusetts leads the nation in development of Accountable Care Organizations. 

This proposal for a GIS-Education Organizing Med Students & Aligning Population Health (GEOMAP) Project will provide visualization of Population Health Curricular (PHC) content for students and faculty and equip medical students with the knowledge and skills to promote health among diverse populations especially the underserved. We will develop Tufts Population Health Curriculum for a clerkship mini-elective, perform a needs assessment of students/faculty/partners via focus group/interview, create a checklist of useful geomapping tools, and monitor future applications of this elective work towards future QI projects, posters, capstone projects, or community advocacy work.

Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH
Tufts Medical Center
Bias Reduction Training for TUSM Faculty

Past Recipients