Community Alliance Program (CAP)


The Community Alliance Program (CAP) is an innovative program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) which aims to value community centered engagement. CAP partners with community organizations to engage students and faculty in communities of practice which centers on community strengths and community directed goals. Each group of 4-10 students will forge 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, culturally responsiveness, restorative practices and strength based mindset to carry throughout their career.

Community Partner Organizations

Organization Name 
Hello Neighbors 
Aubrey Parke 
Special Olympics 
Andrew Fee 
Nancy Murray  
Neighborhood Resiliency Project
Kari Rossetti
Gwen’s Girls 
Maureen Anderson 
Casa San Jose 
Constanza Arena & Monica Ruiz
Oasis project 
Dr. Cynthia Wallace
Proud Haven 
Lyndsey Sickler   
TransYouniting Dena Stanely 
Anita Leon-Jhong 
CHAMP Arsenal Middle School 
Cassandra Brown
Healthy Start 
Jada Shirriel & Demia Horsley Tyler  
Trying Together  Cara Ciminillo & Emily Neff
Center of Life 
Danielle Chaykowsky
Foster Love Project Kelly Hughes 
Focus on Renewal 
Cynthia Haines & Kimberly Rogers (Admin)
Down Syndrome Association of Pgh 
Meredith Peterson 
Howard Levin Clubhouse 
Chrissy Whiting 
The Friendship Circle 
Rabbi Mordy Rudolph 
Macedonia FACE 
Justin LeWInter & Isabel Bright  
Hugh Lane 
Sarah Rosso  
Prevention Point Pittsburgh 
Aaron Arnold 
True T 
Julian McClain 
Environmental Charter School 
Nick Tutolo & Laura Micco
South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) Mary Pannier

Contact Information

Program Leads

Andrew McCormick, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Betty Liu, MD
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation