Medical education has a key role in helping to address child health and social inequality. In this paper we describe the rationale for developing a community-engaged approach to education, whereby medical schools partner with local communities. This symbiotic relationship enables medical students to experience authentic learning through working with communities to address local health and social priorities. Case studies of how such approaches have been implemented are described, with key takeaway points for paediatric healthcare professionals wanting to develop community-engaged educational initiatives.
- primary health care
- child health
- child health services
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Funding This report is supported by the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration Northwest London.
Disclaimer The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health and Social Care.
Competing interests SK and RP work as consultants for the FCDO on the Better Health Programme, Mexico, focusing on curriculum development and community-engaged medical education (2020–2021).
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