To increase residents’ understanding of adverse childhood experiences and social determinants of health and provide them with tools to address health inequities though their clinical practice.


Year 1: All first-year residents complete a required 4-week Community Health Advocacy (CHA) rotation. During this experience residents will:

Pritha Multani, M.D. and Anna Lepkowski, M.D. (2023) volunteer with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

  • Participate in hands-on skill-building activities & workshops.

    Helaine St. Amant, M.D. and Jason Lau, M.D., M.P.H., (2022) engage in legislative advocacy during their CHA intern rotation.

  • Learn about local resources from social service agency & non-profit partners.
  • Volunteer with a local community organization.
  • Participate in media and legislative advocacy

Years 2 & 3: Residents may choose to design a CHA focused scholarly project. Residents will work with faculty and a community partner to plan, implement and evaluate a community-based project.

Heather Chou, M.D. (2019) presents her CHA scholarly project at the spring Scholarly Project Poster Session.

Media and Legislative Advocacy:

Sage Timberline, M.D. (2022) engages in media advocacy during her CHA intern rotation

Residents have the opportunity to participate in a media and legislative advocacy elective throughout their residency to learn more about how to advocate for children.



Director:  Lisa Rasmussen, M.D.
Community Engagement: Maura R. Reilly, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Faculty Champions: Dean Blumberg, M.D., Mikah Owen, M.D., M.P.H. & Lena van der List, D.O.

Community Health and Advocacy Video:

Please click on this link to view our Community Health and Advocacy video