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26th Annual Latino Medical Student Association - Bridging Gaps for Latinos through Improvements in Health Policy

Margaret Handley, PhD gave a talk to students pursuing careers in the health sciences. Her presentation was entitled "Creating Collaborative 'Space' for Transnational Partnerships in Research, Education, and Community Health Promotion".

New Research Related to Kidney Disease

Laura Plantinga, ScM and Dr. Neil Powe's work related to kidney disease among patients with undiagnosed diabetes was recently released in the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). Below is some of the press generated from this work:

  • Powe Interview KCBS 3/29: "Kidney Disease at an Alarming Rate"
  • Business Week, 3/25
  • MedPage Today, 3/26
  • Times of India, 3/26

American Heart Association Conference

CVP co-director Kirsten Bibbins Domingo, PhD, MD and colleagues presented a poster at the American Heart Association Annual Conference entitled Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and the Attributable Burden to Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease.

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San Francisco State CSU Conference on Community Based Research

Dr. Handley was a panel member for a workshop entitled When Science Intersects the Community - How to Maintain Scientific Objectivity, Meet Community Needs, and Work Towards Meaningful Change. She joined SF State colleagues and a Bayview Hunters' Point community activist.

CVP Presentation in Oaxaca, Mexico

Dr. Handley gave a presentation in Oaxaca, Mexico entitled Strengthening Indigenous Food Identify among Transnational Mexican communities as a Means to Reduce Chronic Disease Risk. The presentation was delivered during a workshop involving community partners including nutrition/agriculture and micro loan NGOs.

CVP Presentation at San Jose State University

CVP mathematician Pam Coxson, PhD gave a talk at the San Jose State University math department colloquium. This talk informed students and faculty about "real world" applications of mathematics including the Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Policy Model and the most recent simulation studies coming out of the CVP http://www.math.sjsu.edu/~hsu/colloq/

CVP Receives CAPH Quality Leaders Award

QLA AwardCVP team members were honored with the 2009 California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems/ Safety Net Institute (CAPH/SNI) Award. This award recognizes innovative programs developed by California’s public hospitals and health systems to meet the needs of the communities they serve.  The CVP team received this award for work on the “Automated Telephone Self-Management Support Model for Diabetes Project” presented on Thursday, December 3, 2009 during the CAPH Annual Conference. http://www.safetynetinstitute.org/content/2009QLAs.htm

CVP Director Speaks at Alta Bates Ethnic Health Institute:  an Evening of Medicine and Music

Dean Schillinger, MD, was honored by the Alta Bates Summit Ethnic Health Institute’s Diabetes Committee for his work related to health communication and diabetes.  Dr. Schillinger delivered a talk entitled Literacy, Communication and Health Care followed by a jazz performance from the Wallace Roney Quintet.

CVP Co-Director Invited as Visiting Professor at University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, MAS was the Frederic C. Bartter Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX.  Dr. Bibbins-Domingo also serves as a member of the Clinical and Translational Sciences Awards External Advisory Board. http://iims.uthscsa.edu/ed_bartter_professorship.html

CVP Member Finalist for Junior Investigator Award

Pam Coxson, PhD, presented the abstract “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and the Attributable Burden of Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease” at the Bay Area Clinical Research Conference on October 28th, 2009. The abstract was a finalist for the best abstract by a junior investigator award.

CVP Director Receives 14th Annual George Engel Award

Dean with Engel Award winnersDean Schillinger, MD was selected as the recipient of the 14th Annual George Engel Award for Outstanding Research Contributing to the Theory, Practice and Teaching of Effective Health Care Communication and Related Skills. This award was presented during the International Conference in Communication in Healthcare in Miami Beach, Fl on October 2nd-3rd, 2009.

The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare presents this award in honor of Dr. George L. Engel, an internist with psychoanalytic training whose articulation of the "biopsychosocial model" in the 1970s and widespread recognition in the 1980s had a profound impact on the clinical approach to patients, the medical interview, and the patient-doctor relationship. The Academy’s mission is to foster “best patient care by advocating a relationship centered approach to healthcare communication, education and research.”  

Direct link to YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/v/RDm69S8Fnq4&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0

CVP Faculty Member Joins National Patient Safety Advisory Council

Dr. Urmimala Sarkar was invited to the Advisory Council for its Ambulatory Stand Up for Patient Safety (ASUPS) program by the National Patient Safety Foundation.  This program is designed to deliver to its members an ongoing stream of tools and information of relevance to the patient safety work and is organized around competencies.  As a leader in the patient safety field, Dr. Sarkar will share her expertise and help us identify emerging information and tools to keep the content current.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: How the Cells of One Black Woman Changed Science Forever

The CVP was a co-sponsor of a special event entitled, the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This event highlighted the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American tobacco farmer whose cells, known as HeLa, were used without her knowledge by scientists in the 1950's and are still used in laboratories all over the world today. The HeLa cell line has led to many significant life-saving scientific advances and generated billions of dollars — yet Mrs. Lacks, who is buried in an unmarked grave, and her family remain virtually unknown and uncompensated. Acclaimed author Rebecca Skloot read from her book, the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and was joined by a distinguished panel who discussed research ethics, specific issues for vulnerable populations, and other compelling topics.

Distinguished Author Presented at Medical Grand Rounds San Francisco General Hospital

The CVP and UCSF Medical Humanities hosted a Medical Grand Rounds featuring Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, DLitt (Hon) on February 23rd, 2010 at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Ofri is Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University, and practicing physician at Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Ofri and recently wrote "Medicine in Translation: Journeys with my Patients", which focuses on the experience of immigrants in the healthcare system, and the challenges of language, culture, religion, and stereotypes.

CVP Investigator Delivers Medical Grand Rounds on Patient Safety

Dr. Urmimala Sarkar discussed patient safety in the ambulatory setting during Medical Grand Rounds on November 11, 2009.

UCSF Third Annual Health Disparities Symposium

CVP investigators presented during the third annual UCSF Annual Health Disparities Symposium on October 23, 2009.

Health Literacy Annual Research Conference

Dean Schillinger, MD presented at the Health Literacy Annual Research Conference sponsored by the Boston University Medical Campus on October 19th-20th in Washington, DC. The talk was entitled Re-AIMing for the Target: A Case Study in Diabetes Health Information Technology.

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California Diabetes Summit

CVP researchers presented at the first annual California Diabetes Leadership Summit in Sacramento, CA.

  • Dr. Dean Schillinger gave a talk entitled What Will it Take to Fight Diabetes in California?
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  • Dr. Schillinger also facilitated a discussion with Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, Deputy Director, California Department of Public Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion during a session entitled Addressing Social Determinants in Diabetes: What is Our Role?
  • CVP researchers presented during a break out session entitled Thinking Outside the Box: New Ideas for Changing Times:
    • Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo gave a talk entitled Targeting Salt Reduction to Prevent Chronic Disease
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    • Dr. Margaret Handley gave a talk entitled Promising Approaches to Integrating Tele-Health Initiatives into Primary-Care Services for Patients with Diabetes
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