Mission Statement – Diversity and Community Engagement
We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity among our residents, faculty, staff, and clinic. We aim to advance diversity through:
- discussion and education to create an environment of respect of varied backgrounds – both of our patients and of each other,
- recruitment of a diverse workforce,
- active engagement through service and social justice to address health inequity in our community.
Contact for questions for URM residency applicants:
Odrin Castillo, DO, MPH – Director of Diversity and Community Engagement
Our residency program promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and advocates for communities of color through these initiatives:
This committee, comprised of faculty and residents, meets quarterly to regularly review clinic and residency policies. The primary objective of this committee is to ensure that we as a program are promoting clinic policies that ensure health equity, and promoting and advocating for diversity in our residency program.
The Doc is In
We’ve been working with high school students on the “Doc is In” program since 1996. Located in North Long Beach, Jordan High School has a magnet school for students interested in science and health care careers. Residents in all three years have the opportunity to participate as groups of residents adopt a class for the school year. Regular monthly sessions cover information and activities which relate to health issues most pertinent to teens. In addition, the residents serve as role models and sources of information on careers in health care. This activity won an award as the subject of the residents’ display at the 1997 Annual Scientific Assembly of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Neighborhood M.E.D. (Medical Enrichment through Diversity)
Since 2014 our residents have run a mentoring program for college students in the Long Beach area from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in health care careers. Over the course of the school year, and after a competitive application process, 16 students are each assigned a resident mentor and go through group and individual activities, both to expose them to clinical medicine (simulation lab; procedures; in-office shadowing) and to help them prepare for the application process for their next level of education. We also open this program to exceptional local high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are planning to attend a four-year college. Read more here.
Reach Out and Read
Supported by grants from the Memorial Medical Center Foundation and Target, our office participates in this literacy advocacy program that integrates children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits for pre-school aged children. The goal is to equip parents with tools and knowledge to ensure that their children are prepared to learn when they start school.
The first Saturday of each month, our faculty and residents have the opportunity to join the UCI School of Medicine’s Flying Samaritans to Valle Redondo, Mexico (about 30 minutes past the border) to care for the local community’s underserved population. Additionally, we have now begun working with the Flying Samaritans group at Cal State Long Beach. These clinics have become a central element of our Global Health area of concentration.
An Lanh Lestonnac Free Clinic
1-2 times a month, our 2nd and 3rd year residents have the opportunity to serve as preceptors for 1st and 2nd year medical students from UC Irvine and Western University at this free clinic in Garden Grove, CA. Patients that come to this clinic are 100% uninsured, and this clinic provides the community with a vital health care resource for this vulnerable population. This volunteer clinic gives residents a chance to hone their teaching skills, provide mentorship to new medical students, and care for a deeply underserved population.
As a part of our work with the Westside Neighborhood Clinic our residents spend two half-days per week working with the City of Long Beach’s homeless clinic. Half of this time is spent in the LB Public Health Department and, since 2016, the other half is spent going out to provide care in the community.
Since 2016, our program has been collaborating with The Center, an organization that has been providing a variety of health, social, advocacy, legal, and service programs to the LGBTQ community in the Greater Long Beach area for over three decades. Our collaboration serves both our program and The Center’s needs. We receive state-of-the-art training to provide high quality and culturally humble care to members of the LGBTQ+ community. In turn, we are able to serve as providers of care for this substantially underserved population, addressing everything from culturally-competent preventative care to transgender care across the spectrum. Most recently, we have started a weekly transgender clinic, where all residents will receive additional training in initiation, maintenance, and titration of HRT, as well as culturally competent primary care of transgender patients. We will also be starting a biweekly evening clinic at The Center in the 2020-21 academic year in order to provide on-site care to this patient population and decrease barriers for access to quality primary care.
Cabrillo Jaguars Football
We have served as the team physician for the Cabrillo High School varsity football team since its first game in 1999. At least one faculty member and one or more residents attend each game as the on-the-field docs, adding to our hands-on sports medicine experience while providing some needed community support. It has also become one core element of our Sports Medicine Fellowship. Though our sports coverage activities have grown to include other local high schools and colleges Cabrillo will always be our first. Go Jaguars!