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.

Our Mission

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


TEACH Leadership


Program Associates

Margret Chang, MD

Eric Chow, MD,


Liz Holohan

Jackie Hsieh, MD

Michelle Maciag, MD

David Greenky

Amber Lau

Libby Polott