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 local community organization.

  • 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 (California Capital located in Sacramento)

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, MPH, CHES

Faculty Champions: Dean Blumberg, M.D., Mikah Owen, M.D., MPH & Lena van der List, D.O.

Community Health and Advocacy Video:

Please click here to view our Community Health and Advocacy video

We aim to improve child health outcomes throughout the Sacramento region by increasing resident physicians' understanding of the social determinants of health and providing tools to foster reciprocal partnerships with local organizations via the lens of Asset Based Community Development.

We accomplish these aims through a combination of:

  • Didactic teaching sessions.
  • Time spent in the community visiting local resources and identifying existing community assets.
  • Resident led CHA themed morning reports.
  • Media advocacy projects.
  • Planning, implementation and evaluation of a sustainable community based scholarly project in partnership with a local community organization.

More information about fantastic work pediatric residents have done in partnership with the community is available here. Please also follow us on Facebook.