The Community Health Division of the Department of Family Medicine is responsible for community-oriented medical education programs (predoctoral Service-Learning, residency, and post-residency fellowships) and various research endeavors. These activities are a reflection of the Division's commitment to positively impacting the local community and nation by translating scholarship into action and expanding learning beyond the academic institution to the people and communities it serves.
The Community Health Division is managed by Kim Bullock, M.D., Director of the Division and the CHLD Fellowship; Donna Cameron, Ph.D, Service-Learning Program Director; and Debbie Vargas-Collins, M.P.H., Community Health Program Coordinator. Together, they run and organize the Division's campus-community partnerships, medical education programs, and research endeavors.
Community Health's overall mission is to provide a transformative learning experience that links the health and well-being of communities through community/campus partnerships, research, education and direct service. This mission fosters strong relationships between communities and educational institutions and promotes the health of medically underserved communities.
Fulfillment of this mission is achieved by:
- recruiting and retaining community-engaged faculty leaders who embrace experiential pedagogies and teaching excellence;
- emphasizing democratic community/campus partnerships through education programs;
- developing and empowering medical students to be civic-minded and good stewards of the public trust;
- supporting and encouraging scholarly research, diffusion of innovations and academic rigor;
- being a resource in the community for effective economic, political, ecological and systems change;
- serving as a catalyst for individual reflection, rejuvenation and collegial support;
- and promoting human health and wellness through prevention, improved access to programs and proven interventions.
The Community Health Division fosters social justice and the highest quality of life without disparities based on age, gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, income, geography, religion, and/or disability. Division faculty, staff, community partners, and students uphold these values in all of their community-oriented activities. The Division's core values are:
- Recognition and respect for diversity;
- Life-long learning and nurturance of an individual's unique skills, knowledge, beliefs and contributions to academic achievement;
- Interconnectedness with communities on and off the Georgetown campus;
- Appreciation of the strengths and contributions of communities; and Advancement of a culture that serves, respects and promotes the dignity of each person, as reflected in Georgetown University's cura personalis mission.
The Community Health Division has recently partnered with the Place Matters team in Prince Georges County, MD (a partner initiative created at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies), the Port Town Community Health Initiative (a collaborative including Kaiser Permanente, Consumer Health Foundation, The Meyer Foundation, and United Way), the DC Early Head Start Program, and various local Community Health Centers.
The CHD has strengthened its current partnerships with higher learning institutions to foster health disparities research at George Mason School of Public Policy, University of District of Columbia's Department of Public Health and Coppin State University School of Nursing. CHD has continued to strengthen its established partnerships at Georgetown with the Center for Child and Human Development, the Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown's School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the clinical departments of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine.