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  Symposium to Discuss New Priorities for Academic Global Health Sciences
Jan 08, 2018 To explore how universities, specifically UC San Francisco (UCSF), can maximize their impact in this new era, the Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) will host a day-long symposium on Friday, January 26 in Mission Bay. The symposium, “A new era in global health sciences,” features UCSF leaders who will discuss and debate the new priorities for academic global health and showcase how UCSF is responding to these challenges. To explore how universities, specifically UC San Francisco (UCSF), can maximize their impact in this new era, the Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) will host a day-long symposium on Friday, January 26 in Mission Bay. The symposium, “A new era in global health sciences,” features UCSF leaders who will discuss and debate the new priorities for academic global health and showcase how UCSF is responding to these challenges. Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and former president of the Institute of Medicine, will give the keynote address. The symposium will feature the U.S. launch of the third edition of Disease Control Priorities for Developing Countries (DCP3). Jaime Sepulveda, executive director of IGHS, will moderate a panel that includes series editor Dean Jamison, UCSF professor emeritus, Haile Debas, UCSF chancellor, dean, and director of global health emeritus, John Peabody, professor Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Allison Phillips, deputy director for the Malaria Elimination Initiative, contributors to the DCP3 series. Kirsten Bibbins Domingo, Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity, School of Medicine, will moderate a panel, Pioneering New Fields in Global Health, discussing new priority areas for global health where UCSF is playing a leading role. UCSF faculty Renee Hsia, Catherine Juillard and Susan Meffert, leaders in global emergency medicine, surgery, and mental health, are panelists. Paul Volberding, director of the AIDS Research Institute, will moderate a panel exploring the potential for transdisciplinary research approaches to unlock sustainable solutions to global health problems as well as the challenges academics face when working across associated traditional silos with Michael McCune, former head of the Division of Experimental Medicine, and Dana van Gorder, an HIV activist and leader of Project Inform, that will look at lessons learned from UCSF’s transdisciplinary research in the early days of the HIV epidemic. A separate group, led by Eric Goosby, UN Special Envoy for Tuberculosis, will also discuss how those lesson apply to current efforts to build a transdisciplinary research program around tuberculosis. Panelists for this section include Elizabeth Fair, Program Director, PhD in Global Health Sciences; Carina Marquez, Assistant Professor of Medicine; and, Payam Nahid, Professor of Medicine. Sir Richard Feachem, director of the IGHS Global Health Group, will present closing remarks. Friday, January 26, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 Register here

  Medical Care of Vulnerable and Undeserved Populations
Jan 19, 2018 UCSF CME Course taught by Dean Schillinger, MD & Margaret Wheeler, MD 03/01 - 03/03 Medical Care of Vulnerable and Underserved Populations: Publicly insured and uninsured patients make up about half of all outpatient visits in the US, and millions more previously uninsured patients have gained access to health care through the Affordable Care Act. Becoming an expert in caring for the complicated medical and social needs of vulnerable and underserved patients is crucial to every healthcare provider. World-class experts from the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine and colleagues at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations will present approaches to mitigate the challenges in caring for vulnerable populations and enhance the profound joy clinicians can experience when engaging with patients in greatest need. Topics to be covered include updates in a broad range of diseases that disproportionately affect vulnerable patients, such as diabetes, hepatitis C, HIV, depression, PTSD, heart failure, and hypertension. In addition, we discuss how clinicians can address social factors that complicate the management of medical illness such as low health literacy, intimate partner violence, and food insecurity, to name but a few. We will also tackle how best to integrate behavioral health care for patients with chronic pain, severe mental illness, substance use and complex post-traumatic stress. Each course day will also feature a nationally renowned figure in the field of the care of vulnerable populations, who will deliver pearls and impart wisdom with respect to how to stay engaged, connected and inspired in this work. Register here.

  5th Annual Global Health Economics Colloquium
Jan 19, 2018 Register now for the Feb. 9th Global Health Economics Colloquium: Economics of Health in Vulnerable Populations at Home and Abroad. Improving the health of vulnerable populations – the socially and economically disadvantaged – is a critically important mission. Yet identifying health needs and developing cost-effective and scalable interventions to address this gap remains a challenge in the US and in low- and middle- income countries.

Please join us for a colloquium that assembles experts, policy makers, researchers, and trainees to discuss recent developments in the economics of health in vulnerable populations.

Speakers and panelists
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, MAS, Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity, Chair, Department of Epidemiology & BIostatistics, UCSF
Joshua Salomon, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Jean Manuel Izaret, MBA, Henderson Fellow, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
Margot Kushel, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Hillary Seligman, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Sanjay Basu, MSc, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Carol Levin, PhD, Project Director, Global Health Cost Consortium, University of Washington

Register now
$15 students, $60 faculty and staff, $90 other, includes a warm buffet lunch.
Purchase tickets here.

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  The Unorthodox Who Are: Using Poetry To Fight Childhood Diabetes
Jan 23, 2018 How do you get teens to care about type 2 diabetes? The disease strikes children and teens in epidemic proportions, particularly in low-income communities and among people of color. “Shaming and blaming” won’t get kids off the couch or get them to stop drinking sugary sodas. But what about slam poetry? Rap music? Or short, provocative videos? As part of The Bigger Picture campaign, Bay Area teens use their creative juices and their own voices to change the conversation about type 2 diabetes. Dean Schillinger, MD, resident alumnus and founder of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) in 2006, initiated the innovative collaboration between arts organization Youth Speaks and the CVP to mobilize youth, foster policy change, and end type 2 diabetes in young people. The effort has won national awards, received more than 1.5 million video views on YouTube, and reached more than 5,000 students in Bay Area high schools to date. “We know that many policies affect the environments where people live and work and play,” says current CVP director Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD ’94, MD ’99, MAS ’04, “and these ultimately affect health, especially in children.” A key campaign goal is to remove the personal stigma from diabetes and obesity and raise kids’ awareness about the social and environmental pressures – like overabundant sugary foods, lack of healthy food options, and targeted marketing techniques – that contribute to those conditions in their neighborhoods. Bibbins-Domingo and her team at CVP also work closely with communities to help marginalized populations access services that are crucial for good health. They develop tools to help individuals with limited literacy skills navigate the complex health care system safely and effectively. They seek creative solutions for homeless people whose circumstances make it nearly impossible for them to manage their health needs. They develop innovative programs in partnership with others to increase access to healthy food. “Ideally, we would like to prevent disease before it starts,” says Bibbins-Domingo, adding that she looks forward to the day when there are no new cases of type 2 diabetes in Bay Area young people. The films, music, and poetry created by kids for kids – art that also resonates with adults who shape our policies – may be powerful agents of change for that future day. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo is the Lee Goldman, MD, Professor of Medicine.

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