Live Where You Work


Original Presentation Date: 4/25/2019

Facilitator Lesson Plan

This team-based, active-learning activity features Kate Abraham, MD, MPH, from Cahaba Family Medicine-Urban, Birmingham, Alabama. Family medicine doctors provide the majority of care for underserved rural and urban patients. Their workplaces are distributed more proportionally throughout the US than any other specialty. What if we took a step beyond working in underserved areas, to living in them too? We will discuss geography’s influence on poverty and access to health care. We will also discuss the benefits and challenges of both living and working in underserved areas. Stories of physicians who both live and work in underserved areas will be shared, as well as advice for residents considering living in the community where they are serving.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe geography’s influence on poverty.
  • Explore the demographic make-up of the areas in which they live and work.
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of living in the community in which they work.


Dr. Kate Abraham

Kate Abraham, MD, MPH
Cahaba Family Medicine-Urban, Birmingham, Alabama


Before your ALP Session
  1. Recruit your teams. Ideally, 4 teams of 3-5 participants.
  2. Schedule a room that can accommodate all your participants and AV to play the presentation.
  3. Distribute the Pre-Session link
  4. Download the Presentation Slide Deck.
  5. Review the Slide Deck. Be sure to look at the presenter notes.
During your ALP Session
  1. Arrange your participants into teams within the room.
  2. Facilitate your ALP session by following the prompts in the presenter notes of the Slide Deck.
  3. Facilitate general discussion with the full group. Go over any lingering thoughts.
  4. Evaluate the ALP materials on your experience.
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This product was supported by the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement #UH1HP29966. The information, conclusions and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the authors and no endorsement by BHW, HRSA, or HHS is intended or should be inferred.