Lisa J. Chamberlain

Medical Director

Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Chair of Policy and Community and the Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar at Stanford Children's Hospital. Dr. Chamberlain has focused her career on the elimination of child health disparities. She is committed to do this in two ways: 1) transforming the way pediatricians practice by developing and disseminating models of community engaged pediatrics by combining principles from both medicine and public health, and 2) conducting health services research to inform policy. She founded and co-directs the Office of Child Health Equity to train leaders in Community Pediatrics and Advocacy. She co-founded the California Community Pediatric Collaborative, uniting 14 training programs to advance education addressing pediatric health disparities. The Collaborative has trained over 2,500 pediatricians since 2007 and is an emerging national model, having been replicated across five states. She has disseminated these programs nationally in over 20 invited visiting professorships, keynote speakerships and national conference presentations. In addition to her educational programs and health services research, In 2011 at the height of the Great Recession she founded the Summer Lunch Bridge to address rising hunger rates, which has distributed over 300,000 meals to date. She has authored 54 peer-reviewed publications, she completed her pediatric training at Stanford, a General Academic Fellowship at UCSF/Stanford, and her Masters of Public Health at UC Berkeley

Janine S. Bruce

Program Director
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Janine Bruce received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Occidental College. After graduation, she spent two years in Kyrgyzstan as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching ecology and English to secondary school students. Upon returning to the US, she received her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. She returned to California and began working with the Office of Child Health Equity. Janine received her Doctorate of Public Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health in 2013. Her research interests included the reproductive health of foster care youth and vulnerable youth populations. With her background in public health, Janine’s role has been to bridge public health and medicine to better promote the health of underserved child populations through strong community partnerships and innovative community-based initiatives. She is the Director of the Scholarly Concentration in Community Health and supports medical students in community-engaged research and service. She also teaches courses across the undergraduate campus and medical school on community engagement and qualitative methods.

Baraka Floyd

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Baraka Floyd is a pediatrician in Palo Alto, California and is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She received her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine and has been in practice between 6-10 years.

Lisa Patel

Clinical Instructor


Lisa Patel received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.  After college, she worked in Egypt, Brazil, and India on international development projects with community-based organizations and non-profits, focusing on conservation and development efforts.  She then obtained her Master's in Environmental Sciences from the Yale School of Forestry and went on to be a Presidential Management Fellow for the Environmental Protection Agency, coordinating the US Government's efforts on clean air and safe drinking water projects in South Asia in collaboration with the World Health Organization.  Realizing the critical and inextricable links between children's health and environmental issues, she obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed her residency in pediatrics at UCSF. For the last several years, she has used her extensive experience working for government, community organizations, and non-profits to advocate for children's health priorities in the US as the co-chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Advocacy Committee in the Bay Area.  She is the rotation director for the pediatric resident's Community Pediatrics Rotation.

Melanie Ramirez 

Program Manager

Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Community Health from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. While at Tufts, she dedicated her time increasing access to healthcare and higher education. She worked as a clinic coordinator for a free healthcare program and helped coordinate a STEM outreach program for diverse, under-resourced high schools. Prior to working with Stanford's Office of Child Health Equity, she worked for Boston Children's Hospital researching ways to improve healthcare delivery and navigation for a low-income, immigrant population.  Melanie now helps coordinate the Mid-Peninsula Advocacy Coalition (iMPACt) and their early education initatives, refugee health efforts with Families at the Border, and initatives with community partners to address social determinants of health. Melanie plans to pursue an MD/MPH with an overall goal of providing care and devising and researching interventions for under-served communities to combat health inequities. 

Gabriela Escobar 

Program Assistant 

Gaby is a junior at Stanford University studying Human Biology. Having grown up in the Bay Area most of her life, throughout high school, Gaby worked extensively to uplift  under-represented miniorities in her community particularly in STEM and health care fields.  At Stanford, Gaby has continued her involvement in promoting equity and education through student groups such as Communidad in Health Education and SHARED, a social screening group in the Stanford Emergency Department. Under the Office of Child Health Equity, Gaby helps faciliate the Mid-Peninsula Advocacy Coalition, conducts community based research, and develops tools to communicate community resources to address social needs. In the future, Gaby hopes to pursue an MD/MPH with a focus on creating sustainable public health solutions to address health inequities in bilingual and immigrant communities. 

Nadia Segura

Program Assistant 

Nadia is a senior at Stanford University studying Human Biology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. As a first-generation, low-income student living between Mexico and the US, Nadia has made it thier priority to learn how to best address the needs of low-income, marginalized communities and achieve equity.  At Stanford, Nadia has engaged in this learning process by working at the Language Learning Lab to investiagte languauge development in bilingual children, volunteering with the Dilley Pro Bono Project to help migrant mothers and children with their asylum applications, and taking service-learning courses at Stanford to engage with the diverse communities of the Bay Area. Now under the Office of Child Health Equity, Nadia assists in community based research, shares available resources with local communities, and engages with a variety of community partners to learn about and address community needs. After their undergraduate studies, Nadia wishes to pursue an MPH and earn a PA degree to work closely with underrepresented communities and community leaders to combat health inequites and social injustice.