Learn more about our ongoing work in community research
Mobile Meal Program
Community advocates are constantly working to develop new models for increasing children's access to free meals during the summer. The mobile meal program model aims to reach the hardest to reach kids, by serving meals in locations where children are known to congregate during the summer. Dr. Janine Bruce and Monca De La Cruz are completing an examination of this new model.
Citation: Bruce, Janine S., Monica M. De La Cruz, Katherine Lundberg, Nicholas Vesom, Javier Aguayo, and Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell. “Combating Child Summer Food Insecurity: Examination of a Community-Based Mobile Meal Program.” Journal of Community Health, May 9, 2019
Pediatricians Supporting Early Education
Educational disparities are prevalent in the US. How can pediatricians help reduce educational inequities among their most vulnerable patients? In an effort to develop clinic-based models to promote school readiness, medical students Jecca Steinberg and Paloma Marin-Nevarez, worked with the Pediatric Advocacy team to examine parent perceptions of pediatrician engagement in school readiness activities.
Citation: Steinberg, J.R., Bruce, J.S., Marin-Nevarez, P., Phan, K., Merrell, S.B. and Chamberlain, L.J., 2018. Early Childhood Learning and the Pediatrician: A Qualitative Study Among Diverse, Low-Income Caregivers. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 39(5), pp.376-386.
Lunch at the Library
Lunch at the library is an innovative approach to providing children with access to free meals during the summer. Dr. Janine Bruce and Monica De La Cruz were asked by community partners to study this meal program model as libraries across the Bay Area started summer meal programs.
Citation: Bruce, Janine S, Monica M De La Cruz, Gala Moreno, and Lisa J Chamberlain. “Lunch at the Library: Examination of a Community-Based Approach to Addressing Summer Food Insecurity.” Public Health Nutrition 20, no. 09 (June 2017): 1640–49. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980017000258.
Parent Perceptions of School Readiness
Dr. Jaime Peterson spent her pediatric residency and academic pediatric fellowship exploring opportunities to support school readiness in the pediatric clinic.
Citation: Peterson, J., Bruce, J., Patel, N., & Chamberlain, L. J. (2018). Parental Attitudes, Behaviors, and Barriers to School Readiness among Parents of Low-Income Latino Children. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15(2), 188.
Health Needs of Survivors of Domestic Violence
Pediatric resident Maya Ragavan, MD engaged in a longitudnal community-engaged research collaboration with a local agency that supports survivors of domestic violence. She helped them examine the needs of survivors and develop a comprehensive health education program.
- Ragavan, M., Bruce, J., Lucha, S., Jayaraman, T., Stein, H., & Chamberlain, L. (2017). The health of women and children after surviving intimate partner violence. Violence against women, 23(10), 1205-1227.
- Ragavan, M., Bruce, J., Bair-Merritt, M., Lucha, S., Maya-Silva, J., Stebbins, E., & Chamberlain, L. (2018). Building a novel health curriculum for survivors of intimate partner violence residing at a transitional housing program. Violence against women, 24(3), 266-285.
- Ragavan, M., Karpel, H., Bogetz, A., Lucha, S., & Bruce, J. (2016). Health Education for Women and Children: A Community-Engaged Mutual Learning Curriculum for Health Trainees. MedEdPORTAL, (12).