To leverage the strengths of community-academic partnerships to improve nutritional behaviors and thereby reduce inequities in chronic diseases such as obesity and dental caries among pediatric populations. Our research has led to development of educational materials and toolkits, environmental changes to support healthy behaviors in schools and other community settings, and policy changes at the state and national level.
The Division of General Pediatrics improves the health and well-being of children through cross-disciplinary advancements in patient care, research, medical education, and advocacy and engagement.
I have enjoyed gathering data as a volunteer research assistant for a study on school meal programs in CA during the COVID-19 crisis! Not only have I gained much needed research experience for medical school, but I also get to learn about how families in different parts of the state are affected by school closures. As a post-bacc student, I appreciate the flexibility of this position. The study coordinators are able to adjust the number of schools I code depending on my schedule, and are reachable by email for those of us who can't check in weekly. Even though I recently moved to the east bay, they said I can continue to volunteer with this study for as long as I want!