The Portrait of Sonoma identifies Roseland residents as disproportionately affected by poor social determinants of health. There is a higher percentage of individuals living in poverty, earning a substantially lower median salary, with accompanied lower educational attainment. In Roseland Elementary school district, 93.3% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 77.3% are considered English learners, and 41% of students from third to sixth grade failed to meet state standards for English language/literacy.
Doctors Educating, Advocating, and Mentoring (Dr. EAM) Pathways, founded and facilitated by Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency, is a comprehensive, longitudinal healthcare pipeline program designed to address education disparities and enhance career opportunities in Sonoma County youth. The program prioritizes recruitment and enrollment of minority youth underrepresented in medicine (URM), who resident primarily in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa. Our programs provide STEM exploration, Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) promotion, and mentorship to youth ranging grades from elementary school to college.
In addition, our program provides excellent training to family medicine residents in youth engagement outside the exam room, advocacy in mitigating effects of the social drivers of health, and pathways to replenishing/maintaining joy in medicine. The program weaves an intricate fabric that interlaces, connects, stretches, and layers opportunities for youth as young as 4-years old to see themselves in healthcare. As we weave these initial threads, we strengthen our impact through tiered mentorship in all our programs and ongoing opportunities for engagement throughout each youth’s education journey.
Roseland Pathway Project
Each year, physician residents develop and facilitate two, 40-minutes lessons totaling 23 lessons taught in 13 different classrooms. Lesson topic focus on nutrition, bike safety, medical interviews, human anatomy and the contributions of underrepresented minority physicians and scientists. Each class was provided opportunities to imagine themselves as future physicians through different activities.