Community Engaged Research

The Pediatric Advocacy Program works with a variety of community partners to improve child health and well being and reduce health disparities. Residents in the StAT program begin the process of developing strong partnerships by first asking and listening to community priorities. They use the principles and values of Community-based Participatory Research as they engage in these collaborative endeavors. On the right hand side is a list of StAT resident profiles. To read more StAT resident profiles, feel free to download the file below.

Current Community Projects

Diaper Pilot Program

Approximately 15 million US children live in poverty. Diapers are essential and expensive: the , poorest families spend 14% of their income on infant diapers. Disproportionately impacted, low-income families spend twice as much as those who can buy diapers in bulk. Pediatricians can reduce economic strain on families’ through a novel diaper distribution program, and are well positioned to do so due to near universal access to low-income children. 

Discounted diapers were purchased through the Jet Cares Program through using a grant from the Government and Community Relations Department at Packard Children’s Hospital. Providers screened families with children 0-2 for diaper needs during appointments between Nov 2016-Jan 2017. Families screening positive for diaper needs received a 2-3 week supply of diapers. Parent participants completed a brief English or Spanish survey to collect demographic information, and assess diaper needs and purchase behaviors. Weekly data on diaper costs at Safeway, Target, and CVS Pharmacy were collected during the same time period. 

Early Childhood "Kinder Ready" Project

This project is the second phase of the current project “Kinder Ready,” a collaboration between pediatricians, patients, families and school communities aimed at improving school readiness in children under five. The first phase of the project involved collecting the voice of parents and caregivers to explore their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding school readiness in children under the age of 5 as well as their perspectives regarding the involvement of pediatricians in this area. Our preliminary findings suggest that there is strong interest from parents in having pediatricians contribute towards their children’s school readiness. The long-term vision is for the clinic and the pediatrician to be champions of school readiness through empowering families to perform activities that prepare children for kindergarten. Considering the explosion of technology access and utilization in the past few years, technology is a promising medium for the delivery of this intervention. The aim of this project (Phase 2) is to explore avenues for feasibility, including access to technology, modalities of technology utilization and barriers to technology access in low-income caregivers in addition to collecting feedback on potential uses of technology from the pediatrician’s office.

Food Insecurity

Child hunger increases during summer when low-income children no longer receive free and reduced-price school meals. Libraries offer a safe place to participate in summer programs, access resources, and at some libraries, receive a healthy free meal. The Lunch at Library program has been implemented across select California libraries in response to heightened food insecurity.

Eleven Bay Area libraries serving low-income communities through the Lunch at the Library program were evaluated. Adult participants completed a survey assessing program utilization and barriers, awareness of food resources, household food insecurity, and Food Stamp enrollment. A sample of participants participated in interviews to discuss perceptions of the library-based meal program. Qualitative data were analyzed using transcript-based coding and theme analysis. Surveys and interviews were conducted in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.



Resident Advocacy Projects