Our Mission

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Community Health is to develop, implement, and integrate education, research and clinical training programs aimed at building leaders in community health and improving the health of underserved populations.


The purposeof the Office of Community Health is to identify and bridge the intersection between community-defined health needs and the School of Medicine's mission of medical education, research, and patient care. Our priorities are to create and sustain meaningful partnerships with community-based agencies and not-for-profits and to build a cadre of physicians with the knowledge and skills to impact health at a population level.  

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13th Annual Community Health Symposium brings together students, faculty, and community partners

On January 22, 2015 over 150 participants filled Paul Berg Hall at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge to enjoy and participate in this year’s event. The theme of the symposium was Building Leaders to Improve the Health of Communities Here and Around the World.

The evening's keynote address was delivered by Donald Warne, MD, MPH. Dr. Warne is a graduate of Stanford University’s School of Medicine, 1995. He is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Public Health Program at North Dakota State University. Dr. Warne’s impassionate speech was inspiring and will undoubtedly compel participants to learn more about the health inequities affecting Native Americans.

The  program included oral presentations, a poster session, and a photo voice exhibit. The symposium honored InnVision Shelter Network: Opportunity Services Center with the Community Partner Award. Mr. Philip Dha, Senior Director Multi-service center was at hand to receive the award on behalf of the organization. The shelter has been collaborating on the FRESSH study on tobacco smoke exposure for over a year, requiring significant time commitment and dedication on the part of the leadership and staff in support of their vision to improve the health of their residents, and in support of the education of Stanford University students.

The Office of Community Health is grateful to those of you who were able to attend this very successful event. A big THANK YOU to Dr. Donald Warne, our keynote speaker; to Jill Evans, Glenda Estioko and Victoria Boggiano, SMS II for their wonderful work coordinating the symposium; and to medical and undergraduate student volunteers. We are especially thankful to Dean Lloyd Minor and Associate Dean Charles Prober for their support of the symposium and the mission of the Office of Community Health.

Victoria Boggiano, SMS II Symposium Coordinator; Alex Ball, SMS II, presenter;  Donald Warne, MD, MPH symposium keynote speaker; Frank Yang, SMS II, presenter; and Chao long, SMS II, presenter.

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Valley Fellowship

The Valley Fellowship provides Stanford University Medical Students with the opportunity to work on projects identified by Community Partners while earning a summer stipend. During the summer months students work at one of several locations in Santa Clara County or Northern San Mateo County including Federally Qualified Health Centers.

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