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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 Director Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS will be presenting, along with Nancy Adler, PhD Director of the Center for Health and Community on the newly released IOM report Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in Electronic Health Records.
    Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
    Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
    Location: Laurel Heights Room 474
    RSVP at CHC@chc.ucsf.edu
  • New blog post from CVP Core Faculty Margot Kushel, MD.
    The Center of the Storm: Homelessness and Health
    As the Bay Area is deluged with the biggest rainstorm in a decade, most of the region’s schools were cancelled and many workplaces allowed for flexibility, so that people could stay safe and dry in their homes. Churches and homeless service agencies opened their doors to provide temporary shelter for members of our community who are homeless. But the storm of the decade was another blow to those who have already been struck by the perfect storm of rising housing prices, loss of support for affordable housing, and lack of availability of living wage jobs for those without specialized skills. Read the whole post on the Mission: Health Equity blog
  • In this brief video, "How to Talk to Your Patients About Quitting Smoking: A New Video for Health Providers" Steve Schroeder, M.D., UCSF Professor of Medicine and Director of the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, discusses the importance of asking, advising and referring smokers to the California Smokers’ Helpline. Dean Schillinger, M.D., Chief, Division of Internal Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, provides a brief demonstration of how to talk to a patient in less than three minutes about quitting smoking.

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