How we engage with our local community
The Pediatric Advocacy Program works with a variety of community partners to improve child health and well being, and to eliminate health inequalities. Our team aims to respond to the most pressing child health issues and community-identified needs. Over several years, we have engaged in projects that have focused on food insecurity, early education, mental health, and other social determinants of health.
Mid-peninsula Pediatric Advocacy Coalition
A diverse coalition of pediatricians, public health professionals, and community members dedicated to addressing social inequties and their impact on the health and well being of children in the Mid-Peninsula. The iMPACT groups spans a variety of community involvement sectors including education, health, housing, and immigration.
A central hub for community resources/relief
In collaboration with a variety of community organizations, the Peds Advocacy Team has created a centralized resource page to address potential need during the pandemic. The page includes several guides divided by Mid-Peninsula counties detailing food, housing, financial, and legal resources for families who may be experiencing hardships during COVID-19.
Family Care Resource Distribution
Diapers are essential and expensive. Low-income families are disproportionately impacted by the cost of diapers. Compared to their higher income counterparts, they spend 14% of their income on infant diapers. Twice as much as those who can buy diapers in bulk. To reduce economic strain on families’ we implemented a clinic-based diaper distribution program.
Families at the Border
Immigrant Health Coalition
Stanford University’s Families at the Border (FATB) formed from a July 2019 town hall meeting to discuss the ongoing developments of our current border crisis. With over 18,000+ refugee family encounters at the border since October 2019, the crisis has only continued to grow. Working toward improving the health and wellbeing of all refugee families in Tijuana, our group is comprised of doctors, students, and affiliated professionals driven to create positive change.
Nutrition and nourishment
Over 13 million children are currently food insecure (2016). Despite the wealth of the Silicon Valley, children and families in our community continue to struggle to make ends meet, particularly in light of extremely high housing costs. Our program has been working with numerous community partners to combat food insecurity.
Paving foundations for academic success
The Peds Advocacy Team partners with four mid-Penninsula pediatric clinics (Gardner/Packard, Fair Oaks County Clinic, Mayview Community Clinic, and Ravenswood Family Health Center) to address issues within early education. We strive to increase low-income children's access to books, enrich clinical environments with educational support tools, and supplement school readiness interventions.