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
CANCELLED - Shorter, Sicker Lives: The IOM Report on the US Health Disadvantage Relative to Other Rich Nations
Paula Braveman, MD, MPH Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
March 3, 2014
Time: 3:45 - 5pm
All talks will be held at the CVP conference room, unless otherwise stated above. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Lina Tieu at TieuL@medsfgh.ucsf.edu.
CVP Director Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS will be awarded the SGIM Mid-Career Mentoring award for 2014 at the upcoming SGIM National Meeting in April.
According to the SGIM website the award is given to candidates [who] are outstanding mid-career clinician investigators who are actively engaged in research and mentorship of junior investigators. Read more »
CVP faculty member Urmimala Sarkar recently had her article, "Care Partners and Online Patient Portals" published in JAMA. Dr. Sarkar was also quoted in the Sacramento Bee for her studies into the benefits of patient portals on patient health.
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A new study, Improving Advance Care Planning by Preparing Diverse Seniors for Decision Making (PREPARE) was just launched from the CVP.
This study led by Dr. Rebecca Sudore (PI) and supported by Dr. Dean Schillinger (Co-Investigator and CVP faculty), Dr. Deborah Barners (Co-Investigator), and Dr. John Boscardin (Co-Investigator), aims to test whether a multi-media website that is focused on preparing older adults for communication and medical decision making can help people engage in advance care planning.
PREPARE is a website that teaches patients how to identify what is most important in life, how to communicate their preferences to clinicians and loved ones, and how to make informed decisions. It is written at a 5th grade level and includes voice-overs of text and closed captioning of videos that model advance care planning behaviors. The goal of this proposal is to test the efficacy of PREPARE to improve patient engagement in multiple advance care planning behaviors including discussions with surrogate decision makers and clinicians in addition to advance directive completion. The investigators will also determine whether PREPARE can empower and activate patients within clinical encounters with their clinicians and help to decrease health disparities in advance care planning.