EMPOWER Curriculum: Teaching Effective Use of Community Resources for Children with Special Health Care Needs

EMPOWER is an experiential curriculum intended to ‘empower’ providers to connect families with effective community resources. The target audience includes residents or medical students with an interest in primary care or chronic care.

The curriculum is divided into three sessions with an interim problem-based learning activity between the second and third sessions.

The first seminar focuses on developing an understanding of Life Course Theory, including how events throughout the life course impact later health outcomes and may be modulated by the provision of community resources.

The second seminar introduces skills in needs assessment and strategies to locate and perform a quality assessment of community resources. The problem-based learning assignment allows learners to practice the skills learned in the previous two seminars with a family.

The third and final session involves a review of the problem-based learning assignment and mapping of selected resources identified through the learners’ assignments by visiting the resources within the community.

Type Course
CME Available No
Cost Free
Note 2014

Must be registered with MedEd Portal.

Date of Resource 2015

Genomic Competencies

Experts from the disciplines listed below have tagged this resource as fulfulling genomic competencies.

Genetic Counselor

  • Genetics Expertise and Analysis
    • 6:   Demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully manage a genetic counseling case.
      • 6e:   Identify, access and present information to clients on local, regional, national and international resources, services and support.
  • Professional Development & Practice
    • 19:   Advocate for individuals, families, communities and the genetic counseling profession.
      • 19b:   Support client and community interests in access- ing, or declining, social and health services and clinical research.