NEWS | September 28, 2018

UC Davis Children's Hospital expands services at Sacramento Native American Health Center

Early literacy and antibiotic stewardship programs in the works


UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s partnership to provide care to children and teens at Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC) now has new programs and opportunities for residents interested in community-based care.

Ulfat Shaikh is one of the pediatricians providing patient care and resident training at the Sacramento Native American Health Center.

Starting this year, pediatric residents can select the center as a clinical site for their entire three-year training program, allowing them to form longer-term relationships with patients and their families.

“As a continuity site, SNAHC connects even more with our goal of developing residents into community leaders who are caring for the region’s most vulnerable children,” said pediatrician and site coordinator Christopher Kim.

Partnership leaders also are launching a pediatric antibiotic stewardship program at the center to reduce antibiotic resistant bacteria and adverse events related to antibiotics. The program is based on a proven program in place at UC Davis Medical Center.

In addition, like the general pediatrics clinic at UC Davis Health, SNAHC will soon be a Reach Out and Read location and provide free age-appropriate books during pediatric visits. The goals are to bring early literacy and its benefits — school readiness, school success and lifelong health — to as many children in the community as possible.

“Excellence in primary care pediatrics requires a breadth of practice experiences in both academic and community settings,” said Ulfat Shaikh, one of the UC Davis pediatricians who provides care at the site. “Our partnership with the Sacramento Native American Health Center offers exceptional learning opportunities for our residents and, at the same time, extends the care the center can provide to entire families.”

More information about the nationally recognized pediatric residency program at UC Davis Health is online

SNAHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center located in Midtown Sacramento that provides culturally competent, holistic and patient-centered care to the community, regardless of ability to pay. Twenty-six percent of the center’s patients are Native American, however there are no tribal or ethnic requirements to receive care.