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Resident & Graduate Level Advocacy Program

LEADS Graduate Elective


LEADS is a unique, inter-professional program which develops providers’ skills in advocating for their patients/clients. Healthcare providers often see firsthand the intersection of health, policy, and society and how the current system fails many of their patients. As a health care provider, you are in a unique position to bring your insight and expertise into the health care discussion.

Media Day

This elective is designed to provide residents and graduate students with a basic understanding of our current healthcare system and to train on specific strategies to advocate for your patients—through legislation, written pieces, media, coalitions, and community organizing. We will focus on moving from identifying a problem, to thinking of an idea to solve the problem, and then perpetuating that idea forward into action.

Participants will also be participating in health disparities/advocacy blogs in conjunction with Masters of Nursing students enrolled in the Health Policy course.

For Resident Participants:

For residents, we include clinical experience working with underserved populations.

Afternoons will be spent either in continuity clinic or at an underserved clinic site.  The objectives of the underserved clinical experience are as follows:

1)   To identify health disparities faced by the patients encountered during the clinical experience.

2)   To identify the social determinants of health or issues in the health care system that impact patients’ health.

3)   To discuss potential avenues for addressing identified health disparities. 

Course Director:  Rita Lee, MD

Course Faculty:  Cathy Battaglia, PhD, RN; Jeremy Long, MD; MPH; Christine Gilroy, MD 


Course Syllabus