Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health (REACH)

Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health (REACH) is an opportunity available to residents of the University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Advocacy Program. Participating residents work with department and university faculty, community partners and government programs in a series of experiential exercises for discussion and an open exchange of ideas.

Residents participate in the traditional continuity clinic and visit communities and community programs to identify a project and bring it to completion. Project outcomes are presented in both poster and grand rounds formats.

In the final year of residency, REACH residents coordinate and produce a “Community Conversation,” in which they identify a key topic affecting children in the community, identify and recruit community leaders and activists, and moderate a discussion on the topic. Areas of study within the program include:

Community Focus

  • Community
  • Needs assessment
  • Community asset mapping
  • Rapid ethnographic assessment
  • Community health
  • International health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Health disparities and inequities
  • Cultural competence

Program / Project Development

  • Use of surveys, focus groups, data
  • Writing grants
  • Working with foundations
  • Working with the IRB
  • Developing community partnerships
  • Working with multiple partners
  • Writing an abstract
  • Presenting
  • Program / project evaluation
  • Service learning


  • Legislative advocacy
  • Poverty law
  • Working with the media
  • Health policy
  • Health education
  • Families as partners
  • IEP workshop