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Dr. Elizabeth Baca is a board-certified pediatrician on the Stanford University faculty. She is particularly interested in promoting health education, reducing health disparities between socio-economic groups and improving patient access to healthy nutrition and physical activities.
Dr. Baca is a clinical instructor of general pediatrics at Stanford, and is co-director of the university's Community Pediatrics Rotation for pediatric residents. In addition, she teaches medical students and pediatric residents how to advocate for children through Stanford's Pediatric Advocacy Program.
A native of New Mexico, Dr. Baca graduated from the University of New Mexico with degrees in French and biochemistry. Her early volunteer work at a community health center in a high-risk neighborhood solidified her interest in medicine. Dr. Baca earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 2005 and completed her pediatric training three years later as a member of the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Baca also has a Master of Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
"Educating people, especially parents, about good health is very important to me. For Spanish-speaking people, the need is particularly pressing because there's not a lot of great health information on the Web in Spanish. That's why I'm so excited to be a part of About.com's efforts to reach out to the Hispanic community."