Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH (Policy and Advocacy)

l_chamberlain_6752Dr. Lisa Chamberlain, Associate Director of CPOP, is known for her work in pediatric health inequities, focusing on the non-clinical factors that contribute to health disparities, particularly in California. 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 as well as the California Children’s Services dataset (CCS). She is the recipient of the W.T. Grant Foundation’s Mid Career Distinguished Fellowship, allowing her to bridge her research to policy in Sacramento, where she serves as the Child Health Policy fellow for the Assembly Health Committee. With collaborators at CPOP, she examined the impact of managed care on children with special healthcare needs, and the resulting publication 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 cares for patients at the Ravenswood Family Health Center, the FQHC clinic that serves East Palo Alto’s children. In 2011, at the height of the Great Recession, she founded the Summer Lunch Bridge to address rising hunger rates in EPA, which over the last 3 summers has distributed over 20,000 meals. As an educator, she founded the Stanford Advocacy Track (StAT) in 2000, which educates the pediatric leaders of tomorrow to address the roots of health disparities through longitudinal community engagement ( STaT has received many national awards for innovative work addressing topics ranging from childhood obesity to human trafficking, through partnerships including the Ravenswood School District, the juvenile justice systems in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, Head Start, and the InVision Family Shelters, among many others.

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