Why is research critical to improving health of vulnerable populations?
Understanding how various factors put vulnerable communities at risk for poor health and inadequate healthcare allow us to develop innovative strategies to address these factors and improve health. New knowledge about the basic biology of hypertension in young African Americans (an important risk factor for stroke and heart disease) allows us to focus prevention and treatment efforts more effectively in this population. New knowledge about effective use of technologies to improve communication in patients with limited literacy allows for more effective healthcare approaches for the management of diabetes. New knowledge about food insecurity and how this places poor communities at risk for diabetes motivates advocacy around issues of hunger and health.
News & Highlights
San Francisco State University and UCSF, through the Center for Vulnerable Populations, was recently awarded $17 million from the NIH to increase graduation rates for underrepresented minorities in science. The project, Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (SF BUILD) was recently mentioned in a San Francisco Chronicle article. CVP Director Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS will be the UCSF lead for SF BUILD.
Sarah Fine, Project Director of The Bigger Picture Campaign and her counterpart, Hodari Davis at Youth Speaks will be awarded the Excellence in Partnership Award at the UCSF Community Partnerships Celebration on October 23 from 5 – 8 pm at San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave, SF, CA 94122.
Congratulations to Sarah and Hodari for their contribution to The Bigger Picture Campaign!
Dr. Dean Schillinger, CVP's founder and current Director of the CVP's Health Communications Program recently had an Op-Ed piece published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Measure E, the proposed tax on sugar sweetened beverages in San Francisco. In addition, Dr. Schillinger was quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle in their own editorial on the measure.
Dr. Schillinger was also recently quoted in a New York Times article about the proposed sugar sweetened beverage taxes in Berkeley and San Francisco.