Community Alliance Program (CAP)


The Community Alliance Program (CAP) is an innovative program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) that aims to value community-centered engagement. CAP partners with community organizations to engage students and faculty in communities of practice that center on community strengths and community-directed goals. Each group of 4-10 students will forge an alliance with a community partner organization to learn and support the work of the partner during the first 15 months of their medical school experience.

CAP hopes to facilitate the development of our students’ professional identity which highlights trustworthiness, cultural responsiveness, restorative practices, and a strength-based mindset to carry throughout their careers.

2023-2024 Community Partner Organizations
Second Avenue Commons The Friendship Circle Bible Center Church | The Oasis Project
Achieva Gwen's Girls Prevention Point Pittsburgh
Casa San Jose Healthy Start Incorporated Proud Haven
Center of Life Hello Neighbor South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM)
Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh Sally and Howard Levin Clubhouse Special Olympics Pennsylvania
Environmental Charter School (ECS) Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation TransYOUniting
Focus on Renewal (FOR) Macedonia FACE True T Pittsburgh
Foster Love Project Neighborhood Resilience Project Trying Together

Contact Information

Program Leads

Andrew McCormick, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Betty Liu, MD
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Tara McCoy, PhD, MSCP
CAP Assistant Director