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
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.
CVP Core Faculty member Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS will be part of a panel discussion presented by the Berkeley Food Institute Food Exchange Series: The Paradox of Obesity: Causes, Consequences and Social-economic Dimensions
Date/time: October 20, 2014, 3:45pm – 5:30pm
Location: 310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
In recent years, the public health crisis of obesity has entered the mass media and common discourse across the country. As obesity grows, different viewpoints have emerged for understanding and addressing this mounting health concern. While the dietary contributions to obesity are often discussed, less frequently addressed are the complex causes of obesity and the powerful roles of social-economic and political contexts, poverty, and the influence of the food industry that may contribute to obesity. This panel will explore the different viewpoints related to the causes and social-economic dimensions of obesity, and approaches or strategies to tackle the obesity crisis when recognizing this complex context.