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Selected websites and Additional Resources

American Medical Students Association (AMSA), Cancer Outreach and Relief Effort (CORE)
Information about the CORE program, which matches medical students with children with cancer or chronic illness in a "big brother/big sister" relationship as a service learning experience.

Center for Instructional Support
Home page for the CIS, an organization dedicated to supporting innovative teaching in the health professions. Co-directors are Jane Westburg, Ph.D., and Hilliard Jason, M.D., Ed.D., who have written a number of books and other resources on this topic. These resources are described on the site, which also offers information about the journal Education for Health, and a number of links to other sites relevant to education in the health professions, including sites that offer information on funding sources.

The Colorado University Affiliated Program
Describes training programs at the Colorado UAP, which includes the John F. Kennedy Center and the Child Development Unit of the Children’s Hospital in Denver.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
Describes service-learning initiatives, conferences and resources.

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
The University-Affiliated Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a very active educational program. Information about their training seminars for professionals and families in early intervention, as well as a number of other resources, may be found at this site.

Health Professions Schools in Service to the Nation
Sister site to the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, maintains site reference materials on service learning.

Guide to College and University Service-Learning Programs
Lists course descriptions and other information relevant to collaborative service-learning projects.

Jossey-Bass Publications
A good source for books relevant to teaching and curricular development.

Medical Home Training Program
This website has the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Every Child Deserves a Medical Home training curriculum.

Operation Safety Net
website for the health care and teaching program serving the homeless in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Describes its mission and training program for medical students and residents.

Parents as Trainers
Describes a project that trains teams of faculty and parents as co-instructors in preservice courses in early childhood intervention at the University of North Dakota.

Picker Institute/Gold Graduate Medical Education (GME) Foundation Challenge Grant Program
Learn more about the Graduate Medical Education Grant Program which supports the research and development of innovative projects designed to facilitate successful patient-centered care initiatives and best practices in medical education.

Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health
Describes projects involving family participation in professional education regarding children’s mental health.

Systems Change in Personnel Preparation, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center
Describes projects and training institutes for family-professional collaboration in training students for work in early childhood intervention.

The Waisman Center
Home page for the Waisman Center, a University-Affiliated Program associated with the University of Wisconsin at Madison that offers interdisciplinary training programs employing parents of children with disabilities as faculty.

The U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program
Describes a grant program that offers fellowships to health professions students for developing projects delivering direct service to underserved communities.

American Academy on Physician and Patient (AAPP) is an organization comprised of both physicians and other concerned persons dedicated to preserving excellence in physician-patient communication. AAPP publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Medical Encounter, performs research, and conducts workshops and advanced training programs aimed at improving and protecting the relationship between patients and physicians. To obtain more information, go to their website at or call 703-556-9222.

Bayer Institute for Health Care Communication, Inc. has operated as a non-profit organization in Canada and the United States since 1987. Central to the Institute’s mission is the belief that effective clinician-patient communication improves health outcomes. The Institute has worked to enhance the quality of health care by improving the communication between clinician and patient through three major activities: education, research, and advocacy. To obtain additional information, visit their website at or call 1-800-800-5907.

The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center is an autonomous non-profit organization within Massachusetts General Hospital. The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center seeks to strengthen the relationship between patients and caregivers through: education, training, and support; advocacy and policy development; and research. The Center support initiatives that promise both immediate and long-term improvements to the patient-caregiver relationship by: supporting educational efforts to help students and professionals in the health care field relate to patients and their families more compassionately; supporting programs to help patients and providers communicate more effectively with one another; and creating opportunities for caregivers to give and receive support from one another. For more information, visit their website at

Parent to Parent of Vermont has developed a guide for families involved in family faculty programs, titled "In Our Own Words: Using Family Stories to Teach Family-Centered Care." It provides a framework that is helpful for families in thinking about and organizing their story so that they will impart useful skills and/or lessons to medical professionals. To obtain a copy of this guide, call Parent to Parent at 1-800-800-4005 or write to Parent to Parent, 600 Blair Park Road, Suite #240, Williston, VT 05495.

Parents Reaching Out (PRO), is a New Mexico advocacy and information group for parents of children with disabilities involved in educational initiatives. The group has published a manual detailing their model for family-centered training. This model involves working with a local parent-run organization. To obtain a copy of the resource contact PRO at 1-800-524-5176.

The Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Training Project in Early Intervention at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a training guide to share the techniques and insights of the project with a wider audience. Five modules are included and each contains learning tools, handouts, and overheads. The modules can be used separately or in conjunction with each other. To order a copy of the training manual, By Design: Family-Centered, Interdisciplinary Preservice Training in Early Intervention call (608) 263-5022 or write to Early Intervention Program, Waisman Center, Room 231, 1500 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705. (608) 263-5022.

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