“CLPP changed the trajectory of my life forever.”

“The Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program changed the trajectory of my life forever. Before I became a part of CLPP's Student Group and Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC), I had big dreams and lofty aspirations of making social change. These dreams were passionate and important - I wanted to improve health for disadvantaged communities, increase access to abortions, and enhance understanding of the unique beauty of LGBTQ communities. But they were lofty and vague and had no ground to build on, no community to help shape or mold them, and I had few leadership or analytic skills to direct my energies to. CLPP gave me all of those things and set me on my present course. Through working with the student group on the CLPP conference, I met activists from around the country and learned how they were 'getting the work done.'

Then through my RRASC internship, I was paired with a physician who demonstrated that the practice of medicine could be a vehicle for social change. Though I had little intent of becoming a physician before that internship, in that short but impactful summer I decided to go to medical school and help influence the world of healthcare and medicine from the inside. Now, every day I bring the analytical and advocacy skills I learned from CLPP with me as I undertake clinical research and work with patients, medical students, residents, and other physicians to bring social justice to everything we do. I credit CLPP with helping give my lofty dreams a grounded and resourced roadmap for how to improve health and health care for all people."

Name: Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH

CLPP Alum: Summer Intern, 2002; Student Organizer, 2002-2004

Now: I'm an Advanced Women’s Health Clinical and Research Fellow in a combined program at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) and University of California San Francisco (UCSF). I went to medical school at Stanford, completed a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at University of California at Berkeley and then clinical residency at Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF.  My clinical and academic focus is on promoting the health of veterans and sexual and gender minorities with a particular focus on the obstetrical and gynecological needs of transgender individuals.

I am a co-founder and current investigator of The Stanford Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Medical Education Research Group (LGBT MERG) and a co-director of The PRIDE Study, a prospective longitudinal cohort of sexual and gender minority individuals based at UCSF.

I have also been active in health policy. In 2013, I was a physician speaker to the California Assembly and Senate Judiciary Committee and in so doing helped to legally redefine consideration of sexually intimate partner status (AB2356), a benefit to many single and LGBTQ identified parents. I was also involved in efforts to help remove the Medicare Non-Coverage Determination (NCD 140.3) ruling on “Transsexual Surgery.” I was on the UCSF Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Diversity Committee Board and was an invited member of the UCSF School of Medicine Global Rotations and LGBT Trainees Task Force. I currently maintain a clinical practice at SFVAMC where I provide full-spectrum gynecological care for women and transgender veterans. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Research (MAR) at UCSF to advance knowledge on the health and health care needs of LGBT and other sexual and gender minority people.