Adam Schickedanz, MD, PhD, is a faculty associate at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research as well as a general pediatrician, health services researcher, and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Department of Health Policy & Management in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. He practices clinically within the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. His research connects health care services and quality, policy across sectors, clinician education, and social and structural drivers of population health equity. His projects include implementing and evaluating new models of care delivery to address childhood adversity and families' social and economic drivers of health, especially in pediatric primary care.

Schickedanz received his undergraduate medical education and graduate medical training in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He was a Health Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine from 2008-2009. Following his chief residency at UCSF, he pursued a fellowship in health services research as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA. He received his doctorate in health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, focusing on the relationships between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and life course and intergenerational health.

In 2011, Schickedanz cofounded the San Francisco General Hospital Financial Fitness Clinic, a medical-financial partnership offering on-site financial coaching and free tax preparation services to patients with low income as a cross-sector health intervention. Since 2018, he has been co-director for the Medical-Financial Partnerships at Harbor-UCLA and Olive View-UCLA, two of the largest medical centers in Los Angeles’ Department of Health Services, the public health system serving the most populous county in the nation.

Schickedanz has worked with health systems around the country to design and implement clinical services that address not only material hardships (such as food and housing insecurity) but the economic circumstances that create them. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the health and developmental impact of medical-financial partnerships in pediatric care. 

Adam also serves as co-leader to the Life Course Translational Research Network (LCT-RN)'s Adversity Node.

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