About Us

The Office of Community Health (OCH) is the home within Stanford School of Medicine to strengthen, expand, and sustain the school’s community partnerships and to support student and faculty engagement in the local community.  The office maintains its' partnership commitment to over 25 community-based agencies, including community health centers, local health foundations, school districts, housing and legal safety net organizations and grassroots advocacy groups.

Our Mission

To develop community-responsive education, research, and clinical training programs aimed at building leaders in community health and improving the health of underserved populations.

Our Vision

Stanford School of Medicine and its students, faculty, and alumni will play an active and sustained role in improving the health of underserved populations.

How We Organize Our Work

In order to integrate the OCH within the mission and strategic goals of Stanford School of Medicine, we have organized our five-year priorities in align with the School of Medicine’s organizational structure:

  • Area 1: Medical Education
  • Area 2: Research Support
  • Area 3: Clinical Training

Strategies for 2010-2015

It is with much excitement that we present the Office of Community Health’s (OCH) strategic plan for 2010-2015. The plan reflects the organizational priorities of the School of Medicine: medical education, research, and patient care. Within this structure, we have defined short and long-term goals in four areas: Community Partnerships, Faculty Training and Support, Student Programs, and the OCH Infrastructure.

Goals for 2010-2015

Four overarching goals guide the work of the OCH:

Community Partnerships

Build and sustain community partnerships, both to inform collaborative health-improvement strategies and provide a foundation for experiential learning and community-engaged scholarship. 

Faculty Training and Support

Develop and implement quality training programs for faculty, post-doctoral fellows, residents, and staff on community-engagement approaches to research and medical education.

Student Programs

Develop, expand and evaluate experiential educational programs for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in community and population health.

OCH Infrastructure

Build organizational sustainability and strengthen internal structures to achieve five-year vision. 

We would fall short of really doing something significant if we forgot about the communities that surround us - locally, regionally, nationally and internationally - because at the end of the day, they are whom we serve.

- Former Dean Philip A. Pizzo

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