Mikah Owen joined UC Davis Health last month as an assistant clinical professor in pediatrics, with a focus on community pediatrics, the practice of promoting and integrating the positive social, cultural and environmental influences on children's health. Owen was formerly a UC Davis pediatric resident and was previously employed at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine – Jacksonville in community and societal pediatrics.
Q: What brings you back to Sacramento and UC Davis?
A: I was born and raised in Sacramento and completed my pediatric residency here at UC Davis Health. This new position allowed me to come home and pursue my passions for community health and child health equity.
Q: What does your new role entail?
A: Clinically, I will be a primary care provider mostly at the County of Sacramento Primary Care Center. I will also be working to develop and support community-based health initiatives, aimed at improving overall child health and well-being in the Sacramento region. Part of this role will be working with the Sacramento County Health Department.
Q: What are some of your goals in this new position?
A: Overall my goal is to strengthen partnerships between our academic medical center, the community, government and private sectors to help establish and strengthen Sacramento as the type of community where all children have an equitable chance to reach their full potential.
Q; What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: I like working to engage young people as leaders and facilitating youth participation in matters that affect them.
Q: I understand you’ve also recently received a new fellowship. Congratulations!
A: Yes, I was accepted into the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship for Health Equity Leadership at Yale University. The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics has graciously agreed to let me pursue it and I will be starting in July, but will continue to be based here in Sacramento.
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