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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

  • An SFGH doctor's perspective on immigrants fleeing Central America and coming to SFGH was recently broadcast on KQED Radio. Listen to the perspective here.
    Welcome Home - Dr. Clem Donahue examines a young Honduran immigrant and hopes that California comes to mean home to his family, too.
  • CVP Seminar Series Presents: A Roundtable Discussion with Lee Riley, MD
    Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
    Time: 10am - 12pm
    Location: Center for Vulnerable Populations,
    2789 25th Street, Ste. 350, 3rd Floor, San Francisco 94110
    RSVP: TieuL@medsfgh.ucsf.edu
    Lee Riley, MD is Professor and Head of Division of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology and a member of the Division of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley. He is a physician who has been trained in both epidemiology and molecular biology research. His research work involves tuberculosis pathogenesis, molecular epidemiology of drug-resistant bacterial infections, and infectious diseases of urban slums in developing countries.
  • CVP Core Faculty Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH recently assumed her new role as Implementation (ImS) Director at CTSI. Margaret helped found the program and was previously the programs Co-Director.

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CVP Spotlight

  • Albert Yu, Director of Ambulatory Care & Chief Health Informatics Officer announced the appointment of CVP Faculty Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH to Chief Medical Informatics Officer on September 3, 2014. See below for details.
    I am pleased to announce Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH, as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for CareLinkSF, the ambulatory electronic health record for the San Francisco Health Network. Dr. Ratanawongsa is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital. A committed clinician and educator in the 1M General Medicine Clinic, she has served as a clinical champion and then Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer since the launch of CareLinkSF in 2011. She was recently awarded a competitive K08 career development award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for her innovative research. We are excited that Dr. Ratanawongsa will continue her outstanding leadership of this important initiative.

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