May 2021

Director's Notes 

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and this month’s newsletter features the research of two of our faculty that highlight the health and work of people of Asian and Pacific Island heritage. California has benefitted from Asian and Pacific Island immigration for centuries, with Filipinos arriving in Morro Bay in the late 1500s. The first major wave of Asian immigration was during the Gold Rush, which brought people from across east and south Asia seeking opportunities to work in multiple industries.  These immigrants encountered hostility, organized opposition, and violence as the 1800s progressed, with significant periods of oppressive policies. The increasing violence and hateful speech directed as people of Asian heritage over the past year has been disheartening, reminding us that we have an ongoing need for research and advocacy to continue to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. I’m proud of the work of my colleagues, as well as my own family’s Malaysian heritage.

I hope you’re as inspired by the research of our IHPS faculty as I am!

Joanne Spetz

PRL-IHPS Focus on
Asian/Asian Pacific Islander Health

Learn more about the work of PRL-IHPS faculty that has focused on Asian/Asian Pacific Islander communities.
Justin White, PhD is studying the use of behavioral interventions in smoking cessation programs, most recently in Indonesia.  Laura Wagner, PhD, RN,FAAN has focused much of her research on improving patient safety for nursing staff.  Her most recent work looks at the effects of COVID-19 on the long-term care staff population, which includes a large number of Filipino workers. 
Read more

Justin White, coauthor Maggie Triyana and research assistants in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Philip R. Lee Health Policy Fellow Selected

We are pleased to announce the selection of Alyssa Mooney, PhD, as the next Philip R. Lee Health Policy fellow, starting in 2021.  Dr. Mooney is a social epidemiologist who studies the impact of social policy on health equity. Her work has focused on the effects of California’s criminal justice reforms on system involvement and health across race/ethnicity and geography, and how eligibility restrictions perpetuate inequities. She received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, San Francisco, and public policy training at the University of California, Berkeley.

The case for prescribing PrEP in
community mental health settings 

In a recent Lancet article, Christina Mangurian, MD and colleagues offer solutions to barriers so community mental health settings can realize the unique opportunity that exists for these settings to help address the HIV epidemic by facilitating the prescribing of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to the at-risk populations they serve: people with serious mental illness. Read more

Mobile Health Intervention Promoting Physical Activity in Adults Post Cardiac Rehabilitation:
Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

A pilot study by Mary Whooley, MD, and colleagues showed a mobile health intervention using a wearable device and mobile phone app can increase physical activity with daily step counts in patients who complete cardiac rehabilitation. This intervention addresses a major public health initiative to examine the potential for mobile health strategies to promote physical activity in patients with cardiovascular disease.  Read more

New SNAP Eligibility in California Associated With Improved Food Security and Health

California, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries were ineligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits until a June 2019 policy change. Following the first study to explore changes in food security among SSI recipients before and after new eligibility for SNAP, Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS and colleagues detail their findings in a recent Preventing Chronic Disease article. Read more

PRL-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 regularly updated webpage. One recent publication is
by Andrew Auerbach, MD and colleagues, A Rising Tide: No Hospital Is an Island Unto Itself in the Era of COVID-19, published in Journal of Hospital Medicine.  Read more about our work to address the COVID pandemic here.
Faculty Spotlight: 

Hemal Kanzaria, MD
Hemal Kanzaria, MD, MSc, is affiliated faculty at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, the Department of Care Coordination (DoCC) Medical Director at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he holds the Terry A. Patinkin, MD, Endowed Professorship. At ZSFG, he is responsible for leading the design and implementation of care coordination, social services, and utilization management activities. His recent work at ZSFG has included successfully transitioning the DoCC on to EPIC, implementing observation services, reducing the volume of non-acute hospitalized patients, and leading the hospital's post-acute care coordination efforts both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Dr. Kanzaria is a Faculty Advisor at the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative. His research focuses on patient engagement, health-related social needs, and health care delivery system transformation. He is currently the Co-Principal Investigator on the evaluation of San Francisco County’s Whole Person Care initiative to improve the health of patients experiencing chronic homelessness. 

Upcoming Events

2020-21 UCSF Chancellor's Health Policy Lecture
The Arc of Health Care Reform Is Long, but It Bends towards Health

Alice Chen, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Covered California

June 9, 12- 1 pm, Webinar registration here

PRL-IHPS In The News

Naomi Bardach:
Over half of California public school students remain in distance learning (EdSource)

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo/Kim Rhoads:
Some Californians Still Can’t Get COVID Vaccine, Despite Surge in Supply. Why? (KQED)

Margot Kushel:
People seeking coronavirus vaccine appear eager to receive Johnson & Johnson (Washington Post)

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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