Gainesville Equity Youth Project
Olivia Potter, DO and Stephanie Ryan, MD partnered together to successfully submit and win grant funding for a LGBT youth group to serve the Gainesville, FL community. Drs. Potter and Ryan meet monthly with Gainesville youth to discuss emerging issues and successes that come with being a LGBT youth.
Combating Antibiotic Resistance
Michelle Spencer, MD and Vini Vijayan, MD were successfully awarded a 2014-15 CATCH grant for their project titled “Operation Superbug!” More to details to come as this project enters the implementation phase on July 1.
Diana Montoya Fontalvo, MD and Vini Vijayan, MD collaborated to conduct a needs assessment for pertussis awareness in Alachua County high schools, specifically targeting nursing staff and pregnant teens. Drs. Montoya Fontalvo and Vijayan then designed and implemented a plan that educated this targeted population on the importance of Tdap immunizations and effectively increased immunization rates of children born to teen parents in Alachua County.
School Health Interdisciplinary Program (SHIP)
Faculty and residents collaborated on this multi-site, longitudinal project that placed undergraduate and health science students into local elementary schools. Together, these interdisciplinary teams applied their collective knowledge into teaching science, nutrition, health, and physical activities. SHIP is still active, continuing its successes under the auspices of the Department of Health Education and Behavior at University of Florida.