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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 is featured in a UCSF News article Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo: Seeing Health as Social Justice

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  • CVP Seminar Series Presents: "Geospatial Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities"
    Louisa Holmes, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education
    Louisa is a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSF’s Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education and is formally trained in Geography and Demography. Louisa’s research interests include: (1) health disparities and the social determinants of health; (2) immigrant health; and (3) geospatial applications to health research, in particular evaluating how spaces of residence and interaction influence health behaviors and outcomes.
    Date: Friday March 20, 2015
    Time: 9:00 -10:30am
    Location: Center for Vulnerable Populations, 2789 25th Street, Ste. 350, 3rd Floor, San Francisco
    RSVP: Christina.Rios@ucsf.edu
  • UCSF Professor of Medicine Dean Schillinger, MD Director of the CVP's Communication Program and Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital is featured in a Health Literacy Out Loud podcast, Teach-Back.

    In this podcast, Dr. Schillinger talks with Helen Osborne about:
    • Teach-back, a technique to arrive at shared meaning.
    • What to do (and not do) before, during, and after teach-back.
    • How teach-back can be freeing, not restrictive, for your practice.
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