Overview

The Community Medicine section of the Department of Family Medicine is dedicated to preventing and reducing the disproportionate burden of disease affecting vulnerable communities and developing appropriate and effective models of health in all communities. The section's programs recognize that the factors contributing to health are largely beyond the reach of traditional medical practice and that the solutions to existing health problems generally reside within the affected communities themselves.

To this end, the section uses community-based participatory research (CBPR), a collaborative approach to developing replicable models for understanding health and disease determinants, and supporting mechanisms for promoting healthier lives for individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities.