Spotlight

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  • Precision Public Health Summit – June 2016

    You can link to the full report from the Summit here, Precision Public Health Summit Report June 6-7, 2016.

    UC San Francisco hosted a Precision Public Health Summit, a partnership with the White House and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss how precision medicine approaches can be successfully applied in the public health arena to improve population health and equity.

    The video above provides a short summary of the summit's highlights.

    The videos below show highlights from the Precision Public Health Summit held June 6-7, 2016.

  • CVP Director Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS along with CVP Associate Faculty Dhruv Kazi, MD, MSc, MS, and CVP Staff Pam Coxson, PhD, JOanne Penko, MS, MPH, and David Guzman, MSPH recently had their paper published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), "Cost-effectiveness of PCSK9 Inhibitor Therapy in Patients With Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia or Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease".

    In addition you can watch a video produced by JAMA of lead author Dhruv Kazi, MD, MSc, MS describing the study's findings.   Read more »

  • CVP Faculty Member Hilary Seligman moderated a talk with James Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.
  • EatSF, directed by CVP Faculty Hillary Seligman, envisions a San Francisco where all low-income residents, in all neighborhoods, can enjoy fruits and vegetables from their local market. To reach this goal, EatSF has created a program of vouchers redeemable at local stores for fresh fruits and vegetables. This video features Jaquelyn, an EatSf voucher recipient.

  • CVP Core Faculty Margot Kushel, MD recently had her article "How the homeless population is changing: it's older and sicker" published in the online magazine The Conversation. Margot Kushel is an expert on healthcare utilization by the homeless and a primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital.
    From the article:What policymakers and the general public need to recognize is that the homeless are aging faster than the general population in the U.S. This shift in the demographics has major implications for how municipalities and health care providers deal with homeless populations.   Read more »
  • CVP Core Faculty Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH describes her work at CVP in a new video.
  • A new video from the California Health Report, highlights CVP's work!

    UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations finds innovative ways to treat most common health problems from California Health Report on Vimeo.


  • CVP Director Professor Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, MAS is featured in UCSF's Mission in a Minute
  • The SFUAA and CUESA are proud to announce they will be hosting a candidate forum sponsored by Roots of Change. Tickets are limited, so sign up soon to reserve your spot - and spread the word! This is a wonderful opportunity to help steer local policy on food and urban ag-related issues.

    Join us for a food-focused forum with the two candidates for State Assembly District 17 (central and eastern San Francisco). David Campos and David Chiu, both currently serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, will share their perspectives on food security, urban farming, sustainability, and other food and agriculture policy issues as they relate to San Francisco and California.

    The forum will include prepared questions as well as questions from the audience, moderated by Jason Mark of Earth Island Journal. As one of the host organizations, the SFUAA will be preparing a couple of the questions that will be asked of the candidates. If you have suggestions of questions you think we should ask, please send them to info@sfuaa.org.

    Your Food, Your Vote: A Candidate Forum for State Assembly District 17 CUESA - Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture Monday, October 6, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

    Admission is free and we highly recommend reserving a seat by registering. Please spread the word to any friends, family, and colleagues you think might be interested!
  • Albert Yu, Director of Ambulatory Care & Chief Health Informatics Officer announced the appointment of CVP Faculty Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH to Chief Medical Informatics Officer on September 3, 2014. See below for details.
    I am pleased to announce Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH, as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for CareLinkSF, the ambulatory electronic health record for the San Francisco Health Network. Dr. Ratanawongsa is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital. A committed clinician and educator in the 1M General Medicine Clinic, she has served as a clinical champion and then Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer since the launch of CareLinkSF in 2011. She was recently awarded a competitive K08 career development award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for her innovative research. We are excited that Dr. Ratanawongsa will continue her outstanding leadership of this important initiative.

  • The Bigger Picture is a collaboration between Youth Speaks, and the University of California, San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations designed to combat the rising epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes by empowering youth to change the conversation about the disease, and work to change the social and environmental factors that have led to its spread. Watch this video to learn about the Bigger Picture's accomplishments since the project's launch in 2010, including over twenty short films produced to combat type 2 diabetes throughout the state of California and beyond. Featuring interviews with Dean Schillinger, James Kass, Sarah Fine, Hodari Davis, Jamie DeWolf and José Vadi.
  • Public Healthcare system Evidence Network and Innovation eXchange (PHoENIX)
    The goal of the Public Healthcare system Evidence Network and Innovation eXchange (PHoENIX) is to harness the potential of the current partnership between the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), and the California Healthcare Safety Net Institute (SNI), which has a deep understanding of how to successfully engage public hospitals in change, to forge a self-sustaining network that will lead dissemination and implementation efforts for evidence-based practices across all the public hospitals’ integrated delivery systems in California.
    This project is lead by CVP Faculty Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH (PI) and supported by CVP Faculty Dean Schillinger, MD (Co-I), Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH (Co-I), and Courtney Lyles, PhD.
    These efforts will have lessons relevant for health system implementation of evidence-based practices across health systems that provide care to underserved populations nationwide. PHoENIX will defy commonly held beliefs about public hospital systems being slow to change, insular, and bureaucratic organizations, and demonstrate that they not only are resources for innovation, but also can demonstrate the ability to operate as nimble and flexible learning organizations that rapidly take up, adapt, and implement evidence-based practices to maximize population health. PHoENIX will also gain valuable insights into implementation processes generalizable to other safety net health systems and beyond.
  • A new study, Improving Advance Care Planning by Preparing Diverse Seniors for Decision Making (PREPARE) was just launched from the CVP.

    This study led by Dr. Rebecca Sudore (PI) and supported by Dr. Dean Schillinger (Co-Investigator and CVP faculty), Dr. Deborah Barners (Co-Investigator), and Dr. John Boscardin (Co-Investigator), aims to test whether a multi-media website that is focused on preparing older adults for communication and medical decision making can help people engage in advance care planning.
    PREPARE is a website that teaches patients how to identify what is most important in life, how to communicate their preferences to clinicians and loved ones, and how to make informed decisions. It is written at a 5th grade level and includes voice-overs of text and closed captioning of videos that model advance care planning behaviors. The goal of this proposal is to test the efficacy of PREPARE to improve patient engagement in multiple advance care planning behaviors including discussions with surrogate decision makers and clinicians in addition to advance directive completion. The investigators will also determine whether PREPARE can empower and activate patients within clinical encounters with their clinicians and help to decrease health disparities in advance care planning.
  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recognized CVP Faculty Member, Dr. Dean Schillinger's commentary in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM). The notice states:
    The Journal of General Internal Medicine published a commentary this month that gives physicians guidance on their role in implementing health literate health care organizations. Physicians’ responsibilities to address health literacy are not restricted to improving the clinical encounter, declared authors Cindy Brach, Benard Dreyer, and Dean Schillinger. For health care organizations to become health literate, physicians must also be willing to serve as health literacy champions. The authors detail actions physicians can take to implement each of the ten attributes of health literate health care organizations, as described in an Institute of Medicine discussion paper by Brach et al. The article also points readers to the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit to help physicians lead their practices in implementing health literacy universal precautions.

  • Raised in the neighborhood of Fillmore in San Francisco, Erica McMath Sheppard comes from a large family in which the majority is battling diabetes. She is the living statistic of the type 2 diabetes epidemic affecting low-income communities of color.
    Jose Vadi, a poet and coordinator with the Bigger Picture, recently wrote an article for GOOD on the trajectory and history of The Bigger Picture. He focused on Death Recipe, a poem written by Erica McMath Sheppard and how her poem inspired him to write his own poem The Corner. Jose also discusses, the new Bigger Picture Spanish-language poems, and hinted at more videos to come!   Read more »
  • CVP Researcher Andrea Lopez recently had her paper, "Online Grocery Store Coupons and Unhealthy Foods, United States", published by the CDC. Her paper shows that the majority of online coupons available for use in grocery stores are for unhealthy foods, encouraging unhealthy eating.
  • CVP Director Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo was just named in the San Francisco Chronicle's "Bay Area's People to Watch in 2014" for her work on the relationship between obesity, type 2 diabetes and excessive sugar intake as San Francisco takes up the debate on taxing sugar sweetened beverages.
  • San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution authored by by District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar and co-sponsors Supervisors David Campos, Norman Yee, and Malia Cohen, that commits the City and County of San Francisco to taking concrete steps to end food insecurity and hunger in the City by 2020. The resolution was passed in light of a Board of Supervisor’s hearing on November 21, 2013, that examined the findings of two landmark reports: “Assessment on Food Security in San Francisco,” produced by the San Francisco Food Security Task Force, and “A Changing Landscape: Food Security and Services in San Francisco’s Tenderloin,” produced by the Tenderloin Hunger Task Force.
    For more information and the Press Release announcing the commitment, click on the link below.   Read more »