Dr. Candace Gragnani is an Associate Physician Diplomate in the Child Health Policy Program of the Department of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and on faculty for the UCLA Preventive Medicine program. Her research interests include improving healthcare access and outcomes for underserved and at-risk youth/communities, quality improvement in well-child care, working with communities to build capacity for healthier lifestyles, and pediatric population and public health.
In addition to her research interests, Dr. Gragnani is involved in the MCHB-funded Pathways for Students into Health Professions (PSHP) program for disadvantaged undergraduate students interested in public health and health professional careers. As part of this work, she teaches several maternal-child health courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level at UCLA and gets the opportunity to mentor undergraduates on their journey to public health and healthcare careers. Dr. Gragnani is also actively involved in the American Academy of Pediatrics at the local level.
Dr. Gragnani received her BS in Physiological Science from UCLA, her MD from Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, her MPH from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and completed both her pediatrics residency and preventive medicine fellowship training at UCLA. She has additionally completed Lifestyle Medicine training through the American College of Preventive Medicine.