Community Health & Advocacy
Pediatric Director, CHPT: Lisa Rasmussen, M.D.
Program Manager, CHPT: Maura R. Reilly, MPH
The Pediatric Community Health & Advocacy (CHA) curriculum is a longitudinal training experience that creates a unique opportunity for pediatric residents to experience community-based child advocacy and community partnership building.
Our Work & Impact
Founded in 1999 the CHA rotation began as an informal service-learning partnership between multiple Sacramento based community organizations and the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics. The program has grown into a multifaceted and multidisciplinary collaboration; fostering medical outreach, child advocacy, and community service in young pediatricians.
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.