Anu Sharma is a pediatrician at Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. With more than 25 years of experience, she focuses on under-resourced and marginalized communities, at-promise youth, and civic engagement in innovative spaces. She encourages her young patients to volunteer in their communities and helps older teens to register to vote in her office as part of their annual physicals through an initiative she is involved with called Vot-ER.
With a passion for child advocacy, and advancing social justice and health equity, Dr. Sharma’s volunteer experiences range from Covid-19 vaccine clinics in Santa Barbara, mass free clinics in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, and disaster relief to fishing villages in South India destroyed by the 2004 tsunami. Having grown up in Louisiana, she received her medical training in New Orleans and New York before ultimately moving to Carpinteria. Dr. Sharma credits Girls Inc. of Carpinteria for providing a safe and nurturing space for own daughter after school for the past seven years, and being a “vital part of her personal growth and education.”