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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

  • CVP Faculty Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer, San Francisco General Hospital will be a presenter for an AHRQ webinar on April 29th.
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a webinar Friday, April 29 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET, on how health IT can support the information needs of patients served by primary care teams. The presenters will highlight the perspectives of practice-based research networks (PBRNs) on using health information technology to facilitate access to care, encourage patient engagement, and improve health care quality.
    Click here to register
  • The Bigger Picture featured in a recent article on the Diabetes Mine website.
    From the article:
    Have a look at the image below. Rap video? Check. Street-smart poetry? Check. Medical professionals on board with facts you need to know about diabetes? Double-check. It ain’t your typical diabetes awareness PSA (pubic service announcement).   Read more »
  • San Francisco Food Security Hearing on April 10th 3-5 pm at City Hall
    San Francisco Department of Public Health is hosting a Food Security Hearing at SF City Hall where you will hear form city agencies, community based organizations and residents about what we can do to improve food security in San Francisco.
    Date: April 10th
    Time: 3 – 5 pm
    Location : City Hall – Room 250
    For information on SFDPH and Food Security go to their website at www.sfdph.org/foodsecurity

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CVP Spotlight

  • 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.

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