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Curriculum and Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) Projects

Jonathan Dickman, MD, PhD, continues development of the We Are West 7th! project. Dr. Dickman is partnering with community members and businesses to create awareness of the assets (organizations, businesses, associations, etc.) in the West 7th neighborhood of St. Paul through easy-to-use electronic resources. The Phase One kick-off event was held at the Schmidt Artist Lofts in July, inviting community members to learn more about the project, update data on the website and to get involved in the project. 

Jillian Landeck, MD, is developing a Geriatric Assessment Clinic at United Family Medicine Health Center to improve well-being and maintain health independence for adults over the age of 65 through multi-disciplinary clinic visits aimed at addressing common concerns of aging. Dr. Landeck is partnering with Courage Kenny Institute, the West Seventh Community Center and Jewish Family Services.

Lacey Running Hawk, MD, is partnering with the American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul, working with the after-school program to promote mental, physical and cultural wellness by using the principles of 5-2-1-0 (5 fruits and veggies, 2 hours of screen time limitation, 1 hour of physical activity and 0 sugary beverages). Dr. Running Hawk is also partnering with the Association of Native American Medical Students to volunteer as a mentor for medical students.

Melissa Zant, MD, has implemented Improving Healthcare for Persons with Autism at United Family Medicine Clinic. Dr. Zant provided educational sessions for clinical staff to best prepare staff to care for individuals with autism. Dr. Zant received funding to purchase weighted blankets and sensory tools and is currently working on a software program that will create communication tools to be used during appointments for individuals with autism. Dr. Zant is partnering with True Friends Camps on this program.

Dylan Bindman, MD, is a project coordinator for Next Steps Running Club. The project encourages community building, paths out of homelessness and healthy activities for homeless individuals through a running club. The 3rd Annual Next Steps 5K was held in 2015 with record-breaking attendance. Dr. Bindman partners with the Next Steps Running Club and Listening house on the project.

Amanda Norris, DO, is forming a network of volunteers committed to ensuring that no one dies alone. Volunteers participate with time, sitting with and comforting individuals at the time of their greatest need to promote a peaceful and dignified death.

Mariana Cook-Huyhn, MD, MPH, is lead for the United Family Medicine Residency Program Reach out and Read program at United Family Health Center. Reach Out and Read is a national early literacy program that prepares young children to succeed in school by partnering with health providers to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. The program is managed and sustained by the Family Medicine residents.Over 2,000 books are distributed annually to patients between the ages of six months to five years through the support of United Family Medicine Clinic and the Minnesota Reach Out and Read Coalition.

April Wilhelm, MD, Mariana Cook-Huynh, MD, MPH, and Sarah Eisenschenk,MD, co-lead the Sibley Manor Garden Project in the West Seventh neighborhood of St. Paul. The goal of the project is to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables, while promoting physical activity and community engagement.  The project has expanded to a total of 14 raised beds.  Produce from one bed is donated to the Sibley Manor food shelf run by Neighborhood House. 

Leah Betcher, MD, and Michelle Vanselow, DO, have partnered to co-lead a Wellness Group at United Family Health Center. The Wellness Group provides wellness techniques and to make living mindfully more accessible to patients and community members. Resources are made available to learn different stress reduction techniques to better cope with mental health,insomnia, chronic pain and other stressors in life. Session are six weeks in length.

Katie Bezek, MD, has implemented Health Powered Kids (HPK) into United Family Health Center. The program goal is to establish a baseline level of obesity within the clinic and to implement use of HPK to encourage both physical and mental wellness and determine effects that this has on obesity rates, as well as limitations to implementation.

Kelly Barnes, MD, Jamie Dyer, MD, Margaret Funk, MD, Kelsey Leonardsmith, MD and Kiara Levar, MD are working with the founder of The Ladder program to expand the program to the West Seventh community of St. Paul. 

Michelle Buelow, MD, MPH, and Micah Johnson, M.D. received a Bigelow Foundation Grant for a Centering Pregnancy Program at United Family Medicine Clinic, which has been implemented since May 2014.

Himanshu Sharma, MD received an Allina Health Center for Healthcare Research & Innovation Foundation to support a Home Visit Program. The grant supports preventive home visits to homebound seniors, promoting overall health and well-being. The program will develop and evaluate a structure for home visits to the homebound elderly.

Robby Bershow, MD, 2010 graduate of the United Family Medicine Residency Program, has completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship is precepting Family Medicine residents twice monthly in a Sports Medicine Clinic in their continuity clinic. Dr. Bershow is also presenting a four-part noon conference series on Sports Medicine and musculoskeletal issues.

Awards/Honors

Deanna Plant, MD, faculty, received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 at the program's graduation ceremony in June.

Jerry Montie, MD, faculty, received the Faculty Teacher of the Year Award from the Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 at the program's graduation ceremony in June.

Kathrine Guthrie, MD, faculty, received the Most Valuable Preceptor(MVP) Award from the Class of 2015 at the program's graduation ceremony in June.

Christopher Foss, MD, community Family Medicine Preceptor, received the Community Preceptor of the Year Award from the Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 at the program's graduation ceremony in June.

Jeremy Cook, MD, community Dermatology Preceptor, received the Community Preceptor of the Year Award from the Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 at the program's graduation ceremony in June.

Roy Hope, MD, Surgery, Retired, received recognition for his years of service with the United Family Medicine Residency Program.

Timothy Rumsey, MD,received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the University of Minnesota. This award is presented to a faculty member who best demonstrates the ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.

Scholar's Corner

Jonathan Dickman, MD, Class of 2016, received a United Hospital Medical Education and Research grant to develop an on-line asset map as part of a Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) Project named "We Are West 7th!"

Jerry Montie, MD, Lisa Phifer, MD and Himanshu Sharma, MD, Faculty, presented on “See What December Can Do For Your: Innovation in the Family Medicine Month” at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

Katie Bezek, MD, Class of 2016, presented on "Health Powered Kids" at the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Conference in Alexandria, MN.

David Bucher, MD, presented "Cultural Competency in the Care of Sexual Minorities in Our Communities at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Ravi Balasubrahmanyan MD, presented "Pap Smear Update" at the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Conference in Alexandria, MN.

Himanshu Sharma MD, presented "Geriatric Cases" at the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Conference in Alexandria, MN.

Michelle Vanselow, DO, MPH, Class of 2015, presented "Umbilical Cord Cutting" at the Family Medicine Midwest Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

Tess Jones, MD, Class of 2014, and Katherine Guthrie, MD, faculty,presented "Healthy West 7th: A Resident-Neighborhood Partnership for Health Improvement" at the Family Medicine Midwest Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

Jalayna Smith, MD, Class of 2014, presented on "Healthy West 7th: A Resident-Neighborhood Partnership for Health Improvement" at the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Conference in Alexandria, MN.

Katherine Vickery, MD, MPH, received a grant from the Allina Health Center for Healthcare Research & Innovation Foundation to support the Healthy West 7th! Community Oriented Primary Care Project. Dr. Vickery completed her Fourth Year of Mastery Curriculum with the United Family Medicine Residency with a focus in the area of Community Health and Research,participating in participatory research methods, qualitative and quantitative research analysis, project design and execution, grant writing and financing.and care innovation and system redesign.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program announced Katherine Vickery, MD, MPH, as a recipient of a two-year fellowship. The Clinical Scholars program is one of RWJF's flagship programs and is among the oldest and most prestigious fellowships award to physicians. Dr. Vickery was selected from more than 90 applicants enrolled in medical and surgical residencies across the United States. Dr. Vickery will spend two years examining the delivery, impact and organization of health care, as well as training in leadership, health policy and health services research methods (community-based participatory research (CBPR). By engaging community members in the research process, the CBPR model creates a two-way exchange that aims to improve health behaviors while bringing resources and greater visibility to the health issues within a particular community.

Katherine Guthrie, MD, and Katherine Vickery, MD presented "Healthy West 7th: Community-based Participatory Research Fostering Resident-Neighborhood Connection" at the North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Conference in Banff, Alberta in November. The United Family Medicine (UFM) Residents completed a qualitative asset map/needs assessment of the West Seventh neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota using Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR).

Objective:

  • Establish a community-generated agenda for health-improvement
  • Identify neighborhood assets and partners for future resident projects
  • Demonstrate the feasibility and value of CBPR in resident education

Design: This qualitative project used immersion crystallization analysis of transcripts of concurrent surveys, key informant interviews, and focus groups (co-led by residents and community partners) probing perceived strengths/supports and needs for health improvement. Setting: West Seventh, the oldest neighborhood in St. Paul, is historically home to working class immigrant families and now welcomes diverse, new American families.

Participants: Purposive sampling identified leaders from key segments of the neighborhood who then assisted with snowball recruitment of other participants. Fourteen focus groups involving 96 individuals, 36 key informant interviews with local business, social service, and government leaders, and 48 surveys were completed for a total of 180 participants who lived, worked, or sought out services in the West 7th neighborhood. Results: Data analysis,partnered with the community, used NVivo software to identify key themes including:

  • Critical basic needs, influenced by larger systems, must be in place for a community to be healthy.
  • Coordinated access to information about available services, and health/wellbeing is crucial.
  • Healthy communities are civically engaged helping each other and supporting those in need.

Conclusions: CBPR offers a unique, educational tool aligning resident learning needs with community priorities while teaching innovative,collaborative approaches to research and community engagement.

New appointments

Kathleen Macken, MD, Program Director, is serving on the Board of Directors of the Family Medicine Midwest Foundation.

Kathleen Macken, MD, Program Director, is serving on the Minnesota Department of Heath Medical Education and Research (MERC) Advisory Committee.

Ravi Balasubrahmanyan, M.D., Associate Program Director, is serving as Chief of Staff of United Hospital.

Kathleen Macken, MD, and Ravi Balasubrahmanyan, MD, are serving on the Family Medicine Midwest Conference Committee for the 2015 Conference to be held in Rosemont, IL. On October 9-10, 2015. The Family Medicine Midwest Education Consortium is fast-growing organization that connects those interested in improving the health of the community by strengthening Family Medicine/primary care services and medical education.

The United Family Medicine Residency Program welcomes Micah Johnson, MD,to his role as faculty. Dr. Johnson is a Class of 2014 graduate of the residency program.

The United Family Medicine Residency Program welcomes Joel Giffin, DO,to his role as faculty. Dr. Giffin is a Class of 2014 graduate of the residency program.

The United Family Medicine Residency Program welcomes Lisa Phifer, MD,to her role as faculty. Dr. Phifer is a Class of 2011 graduate of the residency program and has returned to her roots as a proud faculty member.

Kathleen Macken, MD and Ravi Balasubrahmanyan, MD are serving on the Family Medicine Midwest Leadership Committee, Family Medicine Midwest Conference Planning Committee, and the Family Medicine Midwest Host Committee for the 2014 Conference to be held in Minneapolis, MN on October 10-11, 2014. The Family Medicine Midwest Education Consortium is fast-growing organization that connects those interested in improving the health of the community by strengthening Family Medicine/primary care services and medical education.

New arrivals

Class of 2017 resident Amanda Norris, DO, celebrated her marriage to Trey Norris, III.

Class of 2011 and current Faculty, Lisa Phifer, MD and her husband Jared welcomed their son Jonah.

Class of 2015 and current Fourth Year of Mastery, Mariana Cook-Huynh,MD, MPH, and her husband Haig welcomed their son Amos.

Class of 2016 resident Melissa Zant, MD and her husband Patrick welcomed their son Jack.

Class of 2014 and current Faculty, Micah Johnson, MD and his wife Rebecca welcomed their daughter Solveig. 

Class of 2015 resident Michelle Vanselow, DO, celebrated her marriage to Michael Haggerty.

Class of 2015 resident April Wilhelm, MD, celebrated her marriage to Collin Thomas.

Class of 2002 graduate Michelle Wilkening, MD and her husband Josh welcomed Miriam.

Class of 2012 graduate Cassie Jones, MD and her husband Tome welcomed Max.

Class of 2008 graduate Ryan Dick, MD and his wife Jennifer welcomed Everett.

Class of 2010 resident Marla DeWitt, MD, and her husband Nathan welcomed Hazel.

Class of 2016 resident Jonathan Dickman, MD and his wife Maggie welcomed their daughter Rachel. 

Class of 2016 resident Kelsey Leonardsmith, MD and her wife Ellie welcomed their daughter Graylyn.

Class of 2015 resident Dylan Bindman, MD and his wife Meghan welcomed their daughter Evelyn.

Class of 2014 resident Micah Johnson, MD and his wife Rebecca welcomed their son Soren.

Class of 2013 graduate Mark Eaton, MD and his wife Vonnie welcomed their daughter Miriam.

Class of 2013 graduate Alexis Vosooney, MD and her husband Tony welcomed their son Foster.

Class of 2012 graduate Laura Ford-Nathan, MD and her husband David welcomed twin daughters Margaret and Siri.

Class of 2012 graduate Dain Meyer, MD and Class of 2009 graduate Robyn Tabibi, MD welcomed their daughter Sofia.

Class of 2011 graduate Katherine Vickery, MD and her husband Daniel welcomed their daughter Grace.

Class of 2011 graduate Sarah Carlson, MD and her husband Brett welcomed daughter Emily.

Class of 2010 graduate Marla DeWitt, MD and her husband Nathan welcomed their daughter Anya.

Class of 2010 graduate Robby Bershow, MD and his wife Dr. Andrea Musel welcomed their daughter Imogene.

Class of 2005 graduate Suzanne Pauly, MD and her husband Jason welcomed their son Michael.