StAT Alumni Residents

Class of 2020

Alyssa Honda

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Healthy Lifestyles Clinic: Parks Rx

PROJECT TOPIC: Alyssa, alongside Hannah Valino, investigated a public health intervention that connects families with overweight and obese children to bi-monthy park activities. This program is run by the Santa Clara Public Health Department as well as the Santa Clara Valley Healthy Lifestyles Clinic. Emphasizing an increase in access to natural environments, the strategy has been found to foster social connectedness, address mental health, and reduce health disparities. 

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July Lee

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Stanford Peds ED: Needs of Immigrant Children

PROJECT TOPIC: July collaborated with Dr. Nancy Ewan Wang to examine the impact of the exisiting immigration climate on the use of pediatric and ambulatory care emergency services. Elucidating how broader societal trends are affecting patient populaitons, the project highlights the role health care providers can play in supporting vulnerable communities especially in alleviateing fear and building trust in the health care system. 

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Monica Schwarz

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Make a Wish Foundation: Disparities in Access to Wishes

PROJECT TOPIC: The practice of wish-granting is a potent form of palliative care. However, disparities in this process have been known to exist for disadvantaged communities. Seeking to understand how to optimize this form of care to promote more equity, Monica partnered with the Make a Wish Foundation in CA to investigate the experiences of English and Spanish-speaking parents of wish recipients and wish granters. 

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Hannah Keppler

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Fair Oaks Clinic: Promoting Family Planning at Newborn Visits

PROJECT TOPIC: Hannah worked with the Fair Oaks County Clinic in San Mateo County to implement and evaluate a pilot family planning intervention for new parents. The program aims to screen women for unmet contraceptive needs and provide for family planning resources in postpartum visits. 

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Brandon Seminatore

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Transition of Care for Peds Neuro Patients

PROJECT TOPIC: Brandon is a Peds Neuro resident interested in the transition of care for children with neurological conditions to adult providers and community resources. He will examine potential disparities among different populations of patients, while also trying to understand provider perspectives regarding transition from peds and adult care.

Anu Gorukanti

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Head Start: Implementation Science in Action

PROJECT TOPIC: Anu worked closely with the Institute for Human and Social Development to examine the social screening procedures for low-income families in an early childhood education center.  Focusing on identifying barriers that both staff and families may face, Anu worked to provide feedback for the future improvement of the social-screening process through an implementation science framework. 

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Ashley Landsman

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: WIC: Disparities in Breastfeeding Adherence

PROJECT TOPIC: Ashley collaborated with the San Mateo WIC office to examine breastfeeding adherence among vulnerable populations. Specifically, she sought to understand what factors influence early introduction of formula in low-income families. Through her project, Ashley highlights the importance of continued maternal education around breastfeeding and newborn feeding behaviors. 

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Hannah Valino

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Healthy Lifestyles Clinic: Parks Rx

PROJECT TOPIC: Hannah collaborated with Alyssa Honda to investigate a public health intervention that connects families with overweight and obese children to bi-monthy park activities. This program is run by the Santa Clara Public Health Department as well as the Santa Clara Valley Healthy Lifestyles Clinic. Emphasizing an increase in access to natural environments, the strategy has been found to foster social connectedness, address mental health, and reduce health disparities. 

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Elana Feldman

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Foster Care Clinics

PROJECT TOPIC: Working with California Children's Services, Elana researched hospitalization patterns of low income children in foster care with chronic medical conditions. Despite the unique challenges that many of these patients face, little is known about how disparities in health care utilization manifest. Elana's findings highlight the need for allocation of additional resources to support this vulnerable patient population. 

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