Why do we work with policy-makers?
Chronic diseases have become the leading contributor to poor health and premature deaths across the world and will require policy-level changes to promote healthy environments and effective healthcare interventions. The CVP broadens the impact of effective, innovative solutions by working with policy makers to help shape and change policy that impact those at higher risk for chronic diseases. Several CVP faculty members serve on local, state, national, and international policy organization and participate in developing national and international policies guidelines that impact the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Communication between local entities and beyond is critical to improving public health.
News & Highlights
CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013 is the second agency report examining some of the key factors that affect health and lead to health disparities in the United States. Four findings bring home the enormous personal tragedy of health disparities:
- Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Non-Hispanic black adults are at least 50% more likely to die of heart disease or stroke prematurely (i.e., before age 75 years) than their non-Hispanic white counterparts.
- The prevalence of adult diabetes is higher among Hispanics, non-Hispanic blacks, and those of other or mixed races than among Asians and non-Hispanic whites. Prevalence is also higher among adults without collegedegrees and those with lower household incomes.
- The infant mortality rate for non-Hispanic blacks is more than double the rate for non-Hispanic whites. Rates also vary geographically, with higher rates in the South and Midwest than in other parts of the country.
- Men are far more likely to commit suicide than women, regardless of age or race/ethnicity, with overall rates nearly four times those of women. For both men and women, suicide rates are highest among American Indians/Alaska Natives and non-Hispanic whites.
MMWR / November 22, 2013 / Vol. 62 / No. 3 page 1Read more »
CVP Seminar Series Upcoming talks
“What Doctors Feel” excerpts from her book
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD Associate Professor NYU
January 14, 2014
Time: Noon – 1 pm
Location: Carr Auditorium at SFGH
Redefining the Planning in Advance Care Planning: Preparation for Medical Decision Making
Rebecca Sudore, MD Associate Professor in Residence UCSF
January 17, 2014
Time: 9 – 10:30 am
Addressing the Aging Crisis in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
Brie Williams, MD Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine UCSF
February 3, 2014
Time: 3:45 – 5pm
CHARM/Tobacco Cessation project update
Pam Ling, MD Associate Professor in Residence UCSF
February 21, 2014
Time: 9-10:30 am
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 faculty member Dr. Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS co-wrote an opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee, published on November 17th - Eliminate food insecurity for millions in California
From the article: "Four million people. That’s a little more than the entire population of the state of Oregon. It is also the number of low-income adults who struggle to put food on the table in California."
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Antoinette Mason (Research Analyst at CVP) and I (Pam Coxson, Mathematician at CVP) attended the Workshop on Methodological Aspects of Salt Reduction Modeling sponsored by RIVM (the Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Seven research groups who have published projections of the benefits of sodium reduction participated in this workshop. We presented our work which used projections from the Cardiovascular Disease Policy Model, a linear dynamic state transition model. A break in the weather (it rained every day, but was dry until after 7pm on Friday) allowed us to bike the 5 miles from the hotel in Utrecht to the workshop venue at RIVM in Bilthoven. One of our RIVM hosts rented the bikes for us (3 euros/day from the train station) and acted as our guide, so we did not lose our way. We were happy to experience the healthy bike friendly environment of our host country, and the leisurely ride was a great way to prepare for our day’s work.