Teens Empowered to Advocate for Community Health
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Teens Empowered to Advocate for Community Health (“TEACH”) is an organization founded in 2014 to overcome barriers to care through the empowerment of young adults. Initially started as an idea to reach out to underserved communities, TEACH grew from a grant received by the American Academy of Pediatrics to a multi-organizational partnership involving many of the local communities strongest advocates for bolstering community health
Margret Chang, MD, Eric Chow, MD, MPH and Liz Holohan, co-founders of TEACH, partnered with the local Woonsocket High School to bring about change in the community by educating youth about the importance of access to healthcare resources. Through our organization, students attend an after school curriculum aimed at increasing their health literacy through a series of healthcare modules featuring lectures, field trips and hands-on activities. As part of their final project, students are taught research skills and provided resources to identify barriers to care in their communities and discover ways to overcome them. In doing so, the students not only learn about the resources available to them locally, but gain important skills on how to give back to their own communities
We are grateful for the partnerships and collaborations that have grown from our work. TEACH is only made possible because of its strong community partnerships. Thanks to the Expanded Learn Opportunities (ELO) in Woonsocket program, the Woonsocket High School, Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital GME programs, the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and the Brown University School of Public Health, TEACH has propelled forward and has brought resources to the students the organization serves. Each successive year brings new ideas and new partners that empower our young adults as agents of change.
TEACH’s core mission is to empower high school students to instigate change that will help their community overcome barriers to healthcare.
To achieve this, TEACH’s primary goals are to
1. Educate teens about health issues in their community and improve the health literacy of all participants in the program
2. Equip students with knowledge about barriers to care in their communities
3. Inspire students to give back to the community
4. Partner with existing community organizations to consolidate resources and establish a medical home for all members of the community
Former TEACH staff
Margret Chang, MD
Margret completed her undergraduate degree at University of West Georgia. She spent time working as a research fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia until she enrolled as a medical student at Brown University. She then went on to pursue a residency in Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Brown. As a student and a resident, Margret had been heavily involved in working with the Southeast Asian population in Providence. She was an active participant in international medicine graduating with a certificate in global health. She was awarded the 2014 Haffenreffer Family House Staff Excellence Award which is given annually to a senior resident or fellow at Rhode Island Hospital who demonstrate excellence in their clinical work, research and community service. Since graduation, Margret is now an attending physician at the Family Health Center in Worcester, MA where she cares for underserved patients in the outpatient setting
Eric Chow, MD, MS, MPH
Eric is a native Californian at heart but has moved steadily across the country for school. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees graduating with honors from Stanford University and then completed a MD and MPH at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has had extensive global health experience in both Latin America and Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has served on the board of Planned Parenthood reaching out to both underserved women and the LGBTQ population. Now as a Med-Peds resident at Brown, he has been extensively involved in the promotion of diversity and advocacy of his patients at Rhode Island Hospital. On his free time, Eric is an avid orchid collector and is a budding chef and baker.
Director of Woonsocket High School Program
Liz received a B.A. in Studio Art from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She has worked in various media including Printmaking and Ceramics. As a student, she worked at the Center for Community and Civic Engagement helping student volunteers with youth related projects. She is completely obsessed with dogs and other animals, especially her family's dog, Mitzi. Liz was born and raised in Newton, MA and currently lives in Providence.
Jackie Hsieh, MD
Director of Curriculum Development
Jackie is a native New Yorker, born and raised in the city. She has always loved teaching, and spent a particular amount of time in her college years at Harvard University teaching dance and participating in public health programs for kids in Boston and New York City. Jackie attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and is now completing her pediatrics residency at Brown/Hasbro Children's Hospital. She is a an avid dancer, especially hip hop, and loves all things Disney, Harry Potter, and bubbles. TEACH is an excellent combination of all the things she loves: teaching, public health advocacy, and empowering teens. She is thrilled to be working with the awesome community in Woonsocket.
Michelle Maciag, MD
Director of Student Involvement
Michelle earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Villanova University as part of the 7-year combined BS/MD program with Drexel University College of Medicine. At Drexel, she enjoyed various leadership roles in community projects; most fulfilling was her involvement as clinic coordinator for the Salvation Army student-run clinic, which provides medical care for individuals undergoing rehabilitation for substance abuse. In her 2 years of Med/Peds residency so far, she has loved working with both pediatric and adult patients. She is thrilled to be a part of TEACH at Brown because educating patients about their conditions is her favorite part of being a physician, and increasing basic health literacy among adolescents has the potential to ignite exponential improvement in the health of children, teens and adults in the Woonsocket community. It is exciting to be a part of such a program, and Michelle is looking forward to increasing public health students' as well as medical students' involvement in TEACH.
Director of Student Involvement
David is a fourth year medical student at Brown University, and he will be applying for residency in pediatrics in the fall of 2015. He is originally from Syracuse, NY and completed his BA in Near Eastern Studies and Government at Cornell University. He joined TEACH because he enjoys working with and mentoring adolescents. He is excited about working with the team this year. He also loves to travel, cook, and take photos on the side.
Amber is a Master's of Public Health student at Brown University focusing on global health. Her interests are global health, reproductive health, and maternal and child health. In 2014, she graduated from the University of California - San Diego, with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in History. In her free time Amber likes to play basketball, read novels, and spend time with her family. Amber joined TEACH because of her passion for teaching and spreading health knowledge. She believes that the TEACH philosophy of hands on activities and practical health lessons inspires students to make change in communities. Her favorite moment so far with TEACH was sexual health academic league.
Libby is a Master's of Public Health student at Brown University focusing on Maternal and Child Health. Her interests include reproductive health, pediatric chronic diseases and maternal and child health. In 2014, she graduated from Mount Holyoke where she received a BA degree in History and Studio Art. In her free time, Libby likes to draw, read, dance and travel. Libby joined TEACH because she believes health education in high school is extremely important but often approached poorly. TEACH provides a fabulous teaching philosophy with a hands on approach and inspires students to understand their community and how to better it. Her favorite moment in TEACH was the nutrition scavenger hunt.
Renee Kleris, MD
Tiffany Yeh, MD
Margret Chang, MD
Eric Chow, MD,
Jackie Hsieh, MD
Michelle Maciag, MD