Avtar Nijjer-Sidhu, PhD, MS, RD

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Avtar Nijjer-Sidhu

Assistant Professor

California Health Sciences University

Avtar Nijjer-Sidhus Ph.D., R.D, career began in community nutrition with her first position as a registered dietician for the Women, Infants, and Children program in Bakersfield, California. Engaging with the women in the program shaped Dr. Nijjer-Sidhus understanding of the limitations to accessing healthy foods within their communities. This allowed her to pursue the role of Community Health Capacity Building Specialist to work on an initiative funded by the California Endowment that focused on policies, systems, and environmental change to positively impact ones health. Upon completion of the initiative, Dr. Nijjer-Sidhu became a Senior Health Educator for both the Kern County Environmental Health Division and the Kern County Public Health Service Department to develop and implement innovative approaches to community nutrition and policy programs. After working in public health for ten years, Dr. Nijjer-Sidhu worked for Health Net as a Sr. Quality Improvement Specialist to improve health outcomes in the Medicaid Population. In her current position as an assistant professor at the California Health Science University, College of Osteopathic Medical School, she currently teaches the Health Systems Science curriculum as part of medical education training. In addition, she oversees medical students working on service-learning projects with clinic and community partners to address barriers and solutions to access to care, health literacy, health inequities and more to improve health outcomes of the patients in the central valley.


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