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Sep 03, 2013 Hunger Challenge
Have you ever thought of what it feels like to be food insecure and hungry? What it feels like to have to ration groceries and meals? How you feel when your kids go hungry? This is the reality of a large number of the patients we take care of at San Francisco General Hospital.

Join us by participating in the "Hunger Challenge" week, a consciousness raising event designed to bring awareness to the struggles faced by low-income residents in our cities.

The San Francisco and Marin Food Bank’s Hunger Challenge will begin with an invitation-only pantry distribution on Monday, September 9th in both San Francisco and Marin Food Bank locations as well as at the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at SFGH (2789 25th Street, 3rd Floor, Ste. 350). Please call the CVP and Gato Gourley at 415-206-7869 or email at to register.

The Deputy Executive Director of the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank, Leslie Bacho, will be at CVP September 9th from 12 - 1pm to launch the event.

The San Francisco and Marin Food Bank has provided a list of available pantry items so that you may purchase them your self instead of collecting them from the Food Bank.

Sep 11, 2013 CVP Seminar Series Presents:
Claire Brindis, Dr. P.H.Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, UCSF
Director, Institute for Health Policy Studies

"Report Back from Institute of Medicine Meeting 'Improving the Health, Safety and Well-Being of Young Adults'"

Date: Friday September 20th, 2013
Time: 9am - 10:30am
Location: Center for Vulnerable Populations, 2789 25th Street, Ste. 350, 3rd Floor, San Francisco


Sep 12, 2013 CHARM collaborators Esteban Burchard and Neeta Thakur just received additional funding from NIMHD for their CHARM project focusing on asthma and obesity!
It is well known that the prevalence of asthma and obesity in children differs by sex and race/ethnicity.Obesity is associated with increased asthma morbidity and lower drug responsiveness to controller medications. Our goal is to identify sex-specific genetic associations with asthma and obesity. Results from this study will allow for a more individual approach to asthma control in clinical practice.

Sep 23, 2013 EHRs and Vulnerable Populations -
Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, CVP Director has been named committee member for the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on “Recommended Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures for Electronic Health Records”. This committee will identify domains and measures that capture the social determinants of health to inform the development of recommendations for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). The CVP does extensive work in electronic health records for vulnerable populations. This field is an area of active investigation for several CVP faculty.
Neda Ratanawongsa, MD is Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for CareLinkSF and oversees the implementation of the ambulatory electronic health record for the San Francisco Department of Public Health at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Ratanawongsa used mixed-methods methodologies to investigate how EHR use affects the quality of patient-provider communication and the therapeutic relationship in safety net settings, particularly for patients with limited health literacy and limited English proficiency.
Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Medicine in Residence at UCSF is focused on health information technology and diabetes self-management to reduce disparities in diabetes outcomes by race/ethnicity and health literacy levels. Dr. Sarkar’s research tries to understand how health literacy and racial/ethnic disparities affect use of an internet-based patient portal and how this impacts diabetes outcomes.
Courtney Lyles, PhD, Assistant Professor is studying the use of online patient portals (that is, patient access to their electronic medical record information) among diverse patient populations. This will include understanding if portal use influences diabetes outcomes similarly by race/ethnicity within the Kaiser Permanente Northern California population, as their healthcare system has had access to this technology for several years. In addition, this work will translate lessons from Kaiser to San Francisco General Hospital, who will be newly implementing a portal in 2014 as a part of national health reform. At SFGH, we will be assessing both patient and provider expectations, preferences, and attitudes about portal use, as well as designing and testing a training program to encourage patients in this safety net system to register and actively use the online portal.

Sep 23, 2013 Upcoming CVP Seminar Series talks:

October 7th, Monday 3:45pm - 5pm - Rochelle Dicker - "Community Violence Prevention Program"

October 18th, Friday 9am - 10:30am - Tung Nguyen - “It’s Not Bedside to Community: Hepatitis B Control as an Example of Interventions to Eliminate Health Disparities”

November 4th, Monday 3:45pm - 5pm - Christina Mangurian - "Improving Metabolic Screening of Diverse Populations with Severe Mental Illness"

All talks will be held at the CVP conference room. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Gato Gourley at

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