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Urban & Community Health Pathway


Linda Meurer, MD, MPH
Director, Urban and Community Health Pathway

Both population health and patient-centered care perspectives recognize the influence of lifestyle, socio-economic factors, community resources and environmental hazards on morbidity, mortality and well-being. The Urban & Community Health (UCH) Pathway links education with community needs and assets, to prepare students to effectively care for patients in urban communities, promote community health, and reduce health disparities.


Pathway activities address:

  •     The balance between biologic and non-biologic determinants of health
  •     Medical conditions that disproportionately affect urban, underserved populations
  •     Disparities in health, healthcare access and quality in urban settings
  •     Community-based educational strategies to promote healthy behaviors
  •     Partnership with public health and community agencies to meet health/ healthcare needs
  •     Civic-engagement and leadership skills, including the ability to advocate for patients, communities and systems changes to improve health.

UCH Pathway Information for Faculty & Community Members:

  1. UCH Core Competencies (PDF)
  2. Non Core Activity Guidelines (PDF)
  3. Scholarly Project Guidelines
  4. Faculty Planning Council (PDF)
  5. Community Partnerships

Contact Us

Pathways staff are located in the Academic Affairs Office, Suite M3215.

General Inquiries

Pathways Team Lead
Physician Scientist

  Clinical & Translational Research
  Molecular & Cellular Research
Meaghan Hayes, MEd

Global Health,
Health Systems Management & Policy

Urban & Community Health
Hilary Chavez, MS

Clinician Educator,
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

Jen Kraus