CANDACE GRAGNANI, MD, MPH
UCLA Maternal & Child Health Training Director
Associate Physician Diplomate in the Child Health Policy Program of the Department of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine; Faculty in the UCLA Preventive Medicine Program
Dr. Gragnani’s training as both a preventive medicine physician and pediatrician gives her unique insight into the importance of addressing lifestyle issues within the framework of a life-course perspective on health. Her training and subsequent work has included: (1) development of a lifestyle medicine group visit curriculum for UCLA adult primary care patients, (2) clinical work on group and phone smoking cessation visits, (3) work in a teaching kitchen at the West Los Angeles VA, (4) lifestyle and integrative medicine training, (6) quality improvement work on immunizations and developmental screenings in UCLA pediatric primary care offices, (7) development of an ongoing park prescription program in LA County, and (8) clinical time at the MLK, Jr. Outpatient Center Hub for children in the DCFS system.
Maternal & Child Health Training Program Manager
Pathways for Students into Health Professions (PSHP) Program Coordinator
Pearl Omo-sowho is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Human Biology & Society and a minor in African-American studies. Her interest in maternal and child health in women of color led her to become a member of the Pipeline program at UCLA where she worked on improving access and quality of health care for women and children in the Los Angeles area. She is also a mentor and advocate for neurodiverse students at UCLA, and has assisted in college and career guidance for neurodiverse students. She continues to work towards, and expand her knowledge on ways to reduce health care disparities for people in underrepresented communities, advocating for women and children, and the neurodiverse community at large.
UC Leadership Education in Neurodiversity Program Manager
Kary Calderon is a graduate from CSULA with a degree in Microbiology. Her interest in decreasing the health disparities in the Latinx community lead her to working at UC-LEND both at the Riverside area and in the Los Angeles area, and is involved in improving systems of care in order to make health care more accessible. She continues to expand her knowledge on the different factors affecting health care accessibility and hopes to continue working on decreasing this disparity, while advocating for those who are affected the most.
Interests: Dancing, Pop Culture, and petting dogs