JUNE 2020

National Clinician Scholars Program at UCSF

Committed to diversity and inclusion, the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) at UCSF, housed at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, aims to train the next generation of health and healthcare change agents, prepared to work in diverse settings to achieve our goals of a healthier and more equitable world. 

We are excited to welcome our inaugural cohort of National Clinician Scholars to UCSF on July 1, 2020! These times of uncertainty have been accompanied by tremendous innovation, dogged perseverance, cooperation across sectors, and the stubbornness to “get things done” even in the face of structural barriers. This is the model of the National Clinician Scholars as well.

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In This Issue

Reform is needed to address variations in state regulations of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) in mental health to increase access to services is the finding of Susan Chapman, PhD, RN and colleagues in a recent study.  

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Naomi Bardach, MD led the first study to examine variations in 7- and 30-day follow-up among a sample of children and adolescents with mental health admissions across psychiatric and general hospitals in the United States.

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Understanding how unlicensed but expertly trained dementia care navigators, supported by a small clinical team, can use phone and web-based care navigation to address caregiver burden among caregivers of people with dementia is detailed by Alissa Bernstein, PhD, Krista Harrison, PhD and Dan Dohan, PhD, along with their colleagues in a recent study. 

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IHPS faculty are responding to policy challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic with rapid-cycle research and technical assistance. A compilation of their work to date is available on a new webpage that will be updated regularly.

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PRL-IHPS Faculty In The News

Janet Coffman interviewed for Capitol Public Radio
‘It’s Going To Be Painful’: Steep Cuts Expected In California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Revised Budget

Joanne Spetz interviewed for CBS Sacramento 
Most California Health Corps Enlistees Not Eligible To Join

Stan Glantz interviewed for KTVU News
Study says smoking can double your chances of severe COVID-19 outcomes

Marissa Raymond-Flesch interviewed in UCSF News
Coronavirus May Change Patient Appointments to Videoconference Permanently

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo interviewed in The Press Stories
What researchers can learn from younger COVIDs-19 patients

Jahan Fahimi interviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle
‘Learning on the run’ as Bay Area doctors find ways to ease coronavirus recovery

Margot Kushel interviewed on WGRX
Public health experts say COVID-19 has exposed the ugly truths of health disparities in the U.S.

Rob Lustig interviewed in The Trumpet
The Underlying Cause of COVID-19

Julia Adler-Milstein interviewed for CNBC
Why, in the midst of a U.S. health crisis, there are major challenges for doctors to access patient records

Margot Kushel quoted in Shareable
Angelenos claim empty housing to shelter the storm during the pandemic

Margot Kushel interviewed in the New York Times
The Bay Area Billionaires Are Breaking My Heart

Margot Kushel interviewed in Mother Jones
If a Pandemic Can’t Force San Francisco to Reckon With Homelessness,
Nothing Can


Claire Brindis interviewed in Wallet Hub
Ask the Experts: Advice about the Coronavirus

Rita Hamad interviewed in The Heart Beat
US Poverty Drives CVD in Low-Income Adults Beyond Traditional Risk Factors

Joanne Spetz interviewed in Time
'It's Getting Worse.' Nursing Home Workers Confront Risks in Facilities Devastated by Coronavirus

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo interviewed in UPI
Poverty, lower education levels may double heart attack risk

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo interviewed in STAT
When hard data are ‘heartbreaking’: Testing blitz in San Francisco shows Covid-19 struck mostly low-wage workers

Margot Kushel interviewed in Bakersfield Now
San Francisco sanctions once-shunned homeless encampments

Margot Kushel interviewed in The Mercury News
Amid coronavirus, are sanctioned tent cities the answer to Bay Area homelessness?

Margot Kushel interviewed in UCSF News
A Crisis-on-Top-of-a-Crisis: Homelessness in the Time of COVID‑19

Kim Rhoads featured in the San Francisco Chronicle
UCSF’s testing program in SF’s Bayview and nearby neighborhoods will gauge coronavirus spread

Rita Hamad quoted in Healio
Low socioeconomic status may explain more than half of excess risk for MI,
CHD death


Rita Hamad interviewed in TCTMD
US Poverty Drives CVD in Low-Income Adults Beyond Traditional Risk Factors

Jim Kahn interviewed in Between the Lines
Columbia University Study Finds Trump Delay in Social Distancing Cost Tens of Thousands of Lives

Marissa Raymond-Flesch interviewed in Health Europa
COVID-19 telehealth adoption could reduce disparities in healthcare

Ed Yelin interviewed on KCBS
Finding That Work Life Balance At Home

Hilary Seligman interviewed in Yes Magazine
How Grocery Shopping Online Could Help Close Equity Gaps

Joanne Spetz interviewed in Mother Jones
Why the Pandemic Means Unprecedented Pay for Some Nurses and Unemployment for Others

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo interviewed on KQED
13 People, 1 Bathroom: How a Bay Area Immigrant Mom Is Surviving COVID-19

Ralph Gonzales quoted in IoT World Today
Telehealth providers should move beyond teleconferencing

Rita Redberg interviewed for CNN Health
Science speeds up during coronavirus pandemic -- but at what cost?

Kim Rhoads mentioned in editorial in The Cancer Letter
I could have been George Floyd, too

Kim Rhoads interviewed on KQED
Community-Led Effort Brings Free COVID-19 Testing to SF's Bayview, Visitacion Valley

About The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (PRL-IHPS) contributes to the solution of complex and challenging health policy problems through leadership in research, training, technical assistance, and public service. Our special competence lies in translating research across disciplines and fields to inform health policy. We undertake this work with a commitment to improve health and health care within local, state, national, and international communities and with a focus on improving the health of vulnerable populations.

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