UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program

CHAANJE (Child Health Advocacy, Antiracism, Neighborhood partnerships, Justice and Equity) Lives Initiative

Developing Physician Leaders and Advocates for Pediatric Health Equity and Social Justice to Improve Child Health Disparities and CHAANJE Lives

As the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program, we recognize that the health of our children today directly impacts the strength of our future. Child Health Equity is a fundamental requirement to ensure the healthy growth, development, and wellness of our youth.


Key childhood determinants of health undisputedly influence core developmental experiences of our pediatric, adolescent, and young adult populations. These experiences, in turn, contribute to healthcare disparities that have the potential to alter health outcomes over a lifetime.

As a pediatric residency, we are dedicated to training our residents to be skilled, competent, and compassionate leaders in improving health outcomes through the areas of:

            Child and Community Health Advocacy

            Social Justice and Antiracism in Medicine

            Neighborhood partnership

            Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Health Equity

The CHAANJE Lives Initiative created by the UC Davis Pediatric Program is a 3-year threaded curriculum aimed at training resident leaders and developing physician experts in these areas.


Pediatric Health Equity / Social Justice Curriculum

For PGY1s:

Community Health and Advocacy rotation: One month intensive and interactive rotation focused on the impacts of adverse childhood experiences, social determinants of health and ways residents can address health inequities through advocacy and their clinical practice.

Sacramento 101: An introduction to the Sacramento Community through the lens of child health equity.

For PGY1-3s:

Sacramento Health Disparities: Equity-Based Root Cause Analysis: Analyze common child health and well-being inequities in Sacramento through the examination of child health disparities and opportunities of physician advocacy.

Child Health and Well-being Inequities: A local, state, national and international perspective: Review child health outcomes at the local, state, national and international level.

Framing Child Health and Well-Being Issues: Apply Frameworks to effectively change public discourse about child health and well-being issues.

Special Populations / Topical Issues: Interest driven reflection concentrating on health and well-being outcomes among children and adolescents from marginalized and/or vulnerable backgrounds.

Child Health Equity Journal Club: Evaluation of current literature addressing child, adolescent, and young adult health equity as well as social justice, population health, and antiracism in medicine.

Threaded Health Equity/Social Justice Curriculum: The attainment of expertise in areas influencing pediatric health equity cannot be gained in silos or isolation. For this reason, these core topics are threaded throughout the resident curriculum, including our core didactic conferences (Case Management, M&M, Multidisciplinary Conference, Grand Rounds, Morning Report), and opportunities for scholarly activity, media advocacy, legislative advocacy, and community engagement. Residents are encouraged to stay up to date with current Child Health Equity Literature through Child Health Equity Journal Clubs and have access to an up to date Child Health Equity Virtual Library.


For PGY3s:

Residency is Ending, Now What? Annual session designed for graduating residents to identify and overcome barriers to physician participation in community health initiatives and partnering with communities after residency.