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Community Medicine & Vulnerable Populations Fellowship San Jose


The Kaiser Permanente Community Medicine and Vulnerable Populations Fellowship (KP-CMVPF) is based in San Jose. The fellowship is designed to train family physicians to:

  • Serve diverse and underserved populations,
  • Work with the most vulnerable members in our community
  • Become leaders in addressing social determinants of health
  • Reduce health disparities in our communities
  • Gain experience in teaching family medicine residents in community medicine

Clinical Opportunities

Fellows will work out of three locations— a Federally Qualified Health Center through School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, and Gardner Family Health Network Services. All sites are in multicultural urban areas in downtown and East San Jose and serve predominantly Latino population, refugee, and homeless populations respectively. By working with these sites, fellows will integrate into the community and connect with established community programs to collaborate and address health disparities in San Jose.

Highlights and Objectives

Fellows will:

  • Teach urban healthcare to KP San Jose Family Medicine Residency (KPSJFMR) residents and medical students through didactics and precepting in our community clinics
  • Develop a community project that may involve one of our clinical sites, with the option to do clinical research within KP
  • Work with KP faculty and community site directors to further develop the Community Medicine residency curriculum
  • Provide direct support to three (3) local FQHCs and other community partners to meet the shared goals of reducing health disparities
  • Lead our local KP summer high school program to increase underrepresented minorities in healthcare and collaborate with surrounding pre-medical programs including Mentorship in Medicine and Science (MIMS) and the Stanford Summer Community College Premedical Program (SSCCPP)
  • Work to reduce the impact of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) by being an active participant in monthly ACES committee meetings, and support culturally mindful, integrated approaches to community health, as well as participate with the Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) team for Santa Clara County
  • Work on expanding access to care to transgender and nonbinary patients, including implementing a local steering committee and collaborating with surrounding KP sites
  • Participate at John XXIII, which establishes a medical home for individuals with chronic diseases recently released from prison, a unique model that provides timely patient-centered medical services for these individuals and their families
  • Enhance medical Spanish and other languages through work at local clinics and KP-sponsored global rotations
  • Travel internationally on an optional funded global health rotation.
  • Provide care to diverse patients, including the LGBTQ community and patients dealing with substance abuse and homelessness
  • Support local and regional pathway programs and promote healthcare careers among minority students


  • Fellows will have protected time for didactic learning in Community Medicine, including time to meet with the other KP Community Health fellows in the region.
  • Fellows will teach medical students and KPSJFMR residents in the Family Medicine clinic and take on a teaching role in our community clinic sites.

Community Advocacy and Community Project

  • Fellows will complete a scholarly project in Community Health with support from our Research Director and Research Project Manager. Topics may consist of mentored research projects through KP’s Division of Research, quality improvement project implementation at our community clinic partner sites, enhancement of pathway programs, medical education projects or health policy projects.
  • Fellows will have scheduled protected time to develop their projects and meet and collaborate with mentors, researchers and other regional KP Community Health Fellows.
  • Fellows will take an active role in a variety of community initiatives, ranging from participation in local health fairs, to legislative advocacy work with community partners, to assistance with KP efforts to reduce healthcare disparities, and to development and recruitment of diverse students and physicians.

Fellowship Leadership

The Program Director overseeing all KP NCAL Community Medicine Fellowships is Dr. Tessa Stecker. Our local faculty Site Director is Dr. Hela Issaq.

2021-2022 Fellow

Lucia Martinez, MD

Lucia Martinez, MD

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