Community Engagement & Advocacy (StAT)

The goal of the Community Engagement and Advocacy (StAT) Scholarly Concentration is to promote child health and reduce child health disparities though engagement in community-based or legislative advocacy projects in collaboration with local, state and/or national partners.

The StAT program provides residents with specialized advocacy training and the opportunity to develop individual advocacy projects with the support of faculty mentors from the Office of Child Health Equity.

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Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH

Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH is known for her work in pediatric health inequities, focusing on the non-clinical factors that contribute to health disparities, particularly in California.  More  She is nationally known for her work in community pediatrics and child health advocacy, with two national awards for her work in these areas. Her recent research endeavors are tightly policy-focused: she is currently exploring the variation in access to hospital based pediatric care for children with chronic illness in California, utilizing the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) private dataset. Her recent collaboration with Dr. Huffman, in which she examined the impact of managed care on children with special healthcare needs, resulted in a publication that was used extensively in Sacramento as the state drafted a 1115 waiver to overhaul child health delivery for the state’s most vulnerable child populations. In addition to her health services research, she builds and evaluates community-campus partnerships to reduce health inequities locally.


Janine Bruce, DrPH

Janine Bruce, DrPH 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.  More  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 Pediatric Advocacy Program. 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 also teaches courses across the undergraduate campus and medical school on community engagement and qualitative methods.


Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine.  More She is a developmental/health psychologist whose research has focused on social, environmental, cognitive and psychological factors involved in adolescents’ and young adults’ health-related decision-making, perceptions of risk and vulnerability, health communication, and risk behavior.  She has conducted several preventive service studies and is well-versed in clinical research and interventions, as well as outcomes research. She has extensive experience writing grants and conducting research involving clinical as well as large-scale research projects, studies involving longitudinal data, online data collection methods, and mixed qualitative and quantitative data, interview and focus group data, and survey data.