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
CVP Co-Founder and Director of CVP Health Communications Program, Dean Schillinger, MD is a keynote speaker at the upcoming International Conference on Communication in Healthcare
The 13th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 25-28, 2015. Read more »
CVP Director Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo recently had an article published in the Washington Post, New Breast Cancer Guidelines Explained. The article explains new recommendations released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS is the Vice Chair of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF),an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications.
UCSF News Services highlighted a new study by CVP Director Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, CVP Mathematician Pamela Coxson, CVP Statistician David Guzman, and other UCSF and non-UCSF authors. The UCSF article highlights the study's findings that 'statins can help prevent disease in older adults but must be weighed against potentially serious side effects'.
The journal article, Cost-effectiveness and population impact of statins for primary prevention in adults aged 75 years or older in the United States, appears in Annals of Internal Medicine.
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CVP Core Faculty Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH describes her work at CVP in a new video.