In 1999, the Dyson Foundation of Millbrook, New York, under
the direction of Dr. Anne E. Dyson, launched this bold and innovative
training initiative. The initiative came in response to two
intertwined stimuli: 1) the problems facing children and families
both within and as a result of their community, and 2) the growing
desire on the part of pediatric residents to address these problems.
She recognized the need to address a fundamental aspect of pediatrics
- its community response.
DYSON INITIATIVE GRANTEES
DYSON INITIATIVE NATIONAL EVALUATION (DINE)
Through an extensive review process and two grant cycles, the Dyson Foundation funded 10 pediatric residency training programs to incorporate the principles of community pediatrics into their residency curricula. These programs have gone forward to implement new training curricula, develop innovative tools and resources for community pediatrics training and evaluation, and build strong partnerships with community-based organizations.
The Dyson Initiative National Evaluation is designed to assess the effectiveness of the Dyson Initiative focused on innovative residency training experiences in partnership with community-based organizations at 10 residency programs. The study team, from the Johns Hopkins Women's and Children's Health Policy Center, is conducting this cross-site evaluation by examining outcomes in three areas: residency training programs, individual residents, and national trends related to residency education. The investigators are supported in their efforts by a National Evaluation Advisory Committee. More specific information about the design and status of the national evaluation can be accessed here