Welcome to Connections, a bimonthly resource for translational health research that involves the communities UCSF serves.
Connections is brought to you by the CTSI Community Engagement & Health Policy (CE&HP) Program.
In This Edition
- CE&HP Program Calendar – Upcoming Consultations and Events
- CE&HP Program News & Announcements – Training, Publications, Grants Awarded, Clinician Registry
- Partnership Snapshot – Studying the Effectiveness of Nuevo Amanacer
- Workshops, Conferences & Training Opportunities - At UCSF and Beyond
- Funding Announcements - Grants and Prizes
- Publications of Interest
- Other Resources & Opportunities – MPH Student Volunteers, Websites, Data Resources
- Give us Feedback
1. CE&HP Program Calendar
Meetings and Happenings
On the 4th Wednesday of every month the Community Engagement & Health Policy Program provides multidisicplinary consultations to collaborative projects that involve new research or implementing and disseminating research in community agencies, practice settings and/or public health arenas. Consultation slots are available in August. Please email us if you'd like a consultation or would like to attend a consultation session.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
SF General Hospital, Building 3, Room 505
Consultation to Steven Bromer, MD
Partnerships Celebration and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, October 28, 2010
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Join the University Community Partnerships office as we celebrate and honor university-community partnerships by highlighting exemplary partnership programs that promote health equity in San Francisco. This year, the event will be part of UCSF's Diversity Week celebration. UCSF faculty, student and staff as well as community leaders and stakeholders will be invited. Like last year, there will be featured speakers, performances, an awards ceremony and networking. Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann will be a featured speaker at the event.
Call for Nominations - Excellence in Partnership Award
Nominations Due: 5:00PM Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The UCSF University Community Partnerships Office invites nominations for the 2010 Excellence in Partnership Award. This award recognizes exemplary partnerships between San Francisco communities and UCSF that build on each other's strength to improve higher education, civic engagement, and the overall health of San Francisco communities.
See the UCP website for the award description, selection criteria and nomination forms. Three types of university community partnerships - one with academic/faculty, one with staff, one with student/resident/postdoctoral scholar - will be selected to receive these awards at the Annual Partnership Celebration on October 28, 5-7pm, 2010.
Please take the time to submit a nomination for deserving university community partnerships programs. Nominations must be e-mailed.
Questions? Contact Randy Quezada (ph: 415.467.5589).
2. CE&HP Program News & Announcements
Updates from Community Engagement & Health Policy Program Faculty, Partners, Staff & Consultees
For Community-Based Organizations
The CTSI Community Engagement & Health Policy Program offers a 3-hour orientation to research and evaluation: CBOs Engaged in Research and Evaluation - Introduction to Creating Your Own Evidence. Developed in collaboration with San Francisco State University's Health Equity Initiative, this training is now available to individual community-based organizations and small groups of agency representatives. Email us to request training or learn more.
Recent Publications by Community Engagement & Health Policy Program Faculty and Partners
Now Available! Resource Manuals and Guides to Community-Engaged Research
Exciting New Resources For Researchers and Community Partners
Both online and in hard copy, these resources recently published by the UCSF CTSI Community Engagement Program are useful for answering frequently asked questions about collaborative research projects and how they can make a difference in the health of communities. Targeted to researchers, community clinicians, community-based organizations and agencies, these guides and manuals can be used to introduce research activities to potential partners or inform projects already underway. Hard copies are available for sale. Email Paula Fleisher for more information.
Grants Recently Awarded to CE&HP Faculty and Research Partners
Dan Dohan, PhD, of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies and faculty member of the CTSI Community Engagement & Health Policy Program, was awarded a R01 from NIH, National Cancer Institute.
Grant Title: Before Consent: Cancer Patients' Deliberations about Early Phase Clinical Trials (also known as the Patient Deliberation Study)
Developing new cancer therapies is a national priority, but the advanced cancer patients in whom these therapies are first tested are highly vulnerable. This study examines how advanced cancer patients make decisions about participating in a trial of a new therapy. The study aims to gather information that can improve the system for developing cancer therapies without putting vulnerable cancer patients at undue risk.
Even as bioethicists and social and behavioral scientists seek to improve the informed consent process in early phase (EP) cancer trials, less attention has focused on patientsʼ decision-making in the period before the consent process begins. This study provides a rich descriptive and longitudinal perspective of the “pre-consent” period. Through the development of rich understandings of early phase decision-making before consent, the study findings may have relevance for clinician-investigators and early phase trial programs throughout the United States. The study may identify approaches that can increase EP trial enrollment while also improving patientsʼ ability to provide meaningful informed consent for EP participation.
Community Clinician Registry
With the help of UCSF faculty and community partners, CE and the Collaborative Research Network have developed a survey to gather information about community clinicians' practice environments, their research interests and priorities. We now have over 500 survey responses from clinicians who have agreed to be included in a clinician registry, the first step toward development of a multidiscipline primary health care practice-based research network (PBRN). Community clinicians interested in filling out the survey and becoming part of this network can complete the survey here or contact James Rouse or Michael Potter with any questions.
3. Partnership Snapshot
Studying the Effectiveness of Nuevo Amanacer, a Peer Cancer Support Program for Newly Diagnosed Latinas with Breast Cancer
A collaborative study conducted by Anna Nápoles, University of California San Francisco and Carmen Ortíz, Círculo de Vida Cancer Support and Resource Center
Background. Due to unique sociocultural factors, Spanish-speaking Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer are at increased risk of distress and poor health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) compared to white women. Psychosocial interventions have been shown to reduce distress and improve HRQOL in non-Latina breast cancer patients, but none have been designed for Spanish speaking Latinas.
Study Aims. The goal of this study is to test the effectiveness of a culturally competent, community-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention for newly diagnosed Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer.
Intervention Program-Nuevo Amanecer (A New Dawn). The 12-week psychosocial intervention - “Nuevo Amanecer” - is an adaptation of an evidence-based intervention for non-Latinas. The adaptations are informed by our prior research on the psychosocial needs of Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer and the experience of our community partner Círculo de Vida Cancer Cancer Support and Resource Center. These preliminary studies identified unique needs of these women (e.g., lack of comprehensible cancer information, a pervasive sense of powerlessness and fear of death) and optimal delivery mechanisms (e.g., culturally-competent peer support). Our program will be delivered by trained peers (Latina breast cancer survivors) under the auspices of the Community Partner (CP), Círculo de Vida Cancer Support and Resource Center (CDV). In-person support sessions and follow-up telephone support will be used; in-person program components will be provided in community settings to be convenient for the women.
Study Design. The intervention will be evaluated through a 12-week randomized controlled trial (N=170; 85 in the intervention group and 85 in a wait-listed control group who will be offered the program after the final assessments are completed).
Outcome Measures. Outcomes are health-related quality of life, anxiety, and distress.
Sample. Spanish-speaking Latinas will be recruited from public-health clinics and community-based organizations (CBOs) where they receive services in a 4-county area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo). Women will be recruited between 2-4 weeks following diagnosis. All participants will be interviewed in-person at the time of enrollment, and by telephone at 3 months (immediately post-intervention), and 6 months post-enrollment.
Implications. This research combines a practical program conducted in real-world community settings with the scientific strength of a randomized trial design. The integration of the intervention in CBOs and the use of peer-support enhance the likelihood of sustainability and usefulness to other community organizations.
4. Workshops, Conferences & Training Opportunities
UCSF Health Disparities Research Symposium 4
Friday, October 22, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
UCSF Laurel Heights Conference Center
UCSF has a multitude of researchers with national and international reputations in disparities research and this symposium will provide a forum to showcase the breadth and depth of this work. We invite you to attend this innovative symposium, which will include oral presentations and poster sessions. Food and drink will be provided.
For this call, health disparities refer to gaps in the quality of health and health care, differences in biological and behavioral aspects of health and disease, and clinical and population studies by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The definition of health disparities includes differences in the presence of disease, health outcomes, and quality of and/or access to health care. We welcome research from the diversity of disciplines at UCSF, from translational, clinical and population scientists, and both quantitative and qualitative work. We welcome studies based outside the US if these studies address disparities by race and ethnicity or social class.
Please RSVP via email to Andrelyn.firstname.lastname@example.org
CTSA Community Engagement and Social Network Analysis Workshop
September 23-24, 2010
UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC)
This workshop will help participants understand the basic concepts, tools, and techniques of Social Network Analysis (SNA) and how they relate to the evaluation of CTSAs and their impact on community research networks. Contact Julie Rainwater at UC Davis for more information.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2010 Annual Conference
Better Care, Better Health: Delivering on Quality for All Americans
September 27-29, 2010
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Trade Health and Environment Impact Project Conference
Friday and Saturday, October 22-23, 2010
Carson Community Center
THE Impact Project is a community-academic collaborative. Involved are University of Southern California, Occidental College, Coalition for a Safe Environment, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, and Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma.
The Trade Health and Environment Project invites academic colleagues, environmental justice (EJ) and community groups from around the country to a conference about the health and community impacts of global trade -- specifically the impacts from living in close proximity to ports, rail yards, truck-congested highways, and warehouses. West Coast Ports are gearing up their expansion plans and many East Coast ports are undergoing expansion in hopes that their trade will increase after the Panama Canal expansion is completed. Our last conference in 2007 attracted 550 participants from 16 states, Canada and Mexico. Community panels, open mic opportunities, hear the latest research findings on air pollution and health from Univ of Southern California and UCLA scientists, dozens of workshops.
Faces of Urban Health
A Forum to Share Community-Based Strategies to Address Health Inequity in Urban Communities
October 26, 2010
Touro College of Pharmacy
230 West 125th St.
Harlem, New York City
We invite community residents, advocates, and organizations to the Faces of Urban Health Forum, where we will consider together how to create and sustain community-academic partnerships, how to do rigorous and meaningful research in partnership, and how to design and promote healthier policies - both in our organizations and in our government - based upon research and community values. The old research paradigm used to address health disparities and inequity confined communities to a passive role - the research subject. At the same time, this paradigm limited researchers’ ability to see the many factors that influence health in the community. Strengths, ways of knowing, values, policy barriers, were often hidden from view.
The development of participatory research, where practitioners and researchers work in collaboration with communities has led to research that directly benefits communities. What is clear is that research and action benefit when community voice is heard. The Forum is open to all community members interested in and practicing forms of action research.
PBRNs at the Intersection of Quality and Research
October 28 - 29, 2010
Registration and CME details will soon be posted at the event website.
Please email Jean Hust or call (507) 284-1117 to be notified when additional registration information is available or to reserve your spot.
4th Annual NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Policy and Practice
March 21-22, 2011
Bethesda North Marriott
Registration Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, February 18, 2011
There is no fee to register for this conference. This year’s conference will NOT be available for viewing online.
There is a recognized need to close the gap between research evidence and clinical and public health practice and policy. How is this best accomplished? Dissemination and implementation research in health seeks to answer this question, and is gaining momentum as a field of scientific inquiry. The goal of the annual NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation is to facilitate growth in the research base by providing a forum for communicating and networking about the science of dissemination and implementation.
Researchers, evaluators and implementers who are interested in identifying opportunities and strategies for overcoming obstacles for dissemination and implementation research/evaluation are encouraged to attend this meeting. The goal is to engage in dialog, exchange ideas, explore contemporary topics and challenge one another to identify and test research approaches that will advance dissemination and implementation science.
Call for Proposals
Proposals Due: 5:00 PM Pacific Time, November 12, 2010
To meet the goal of the conference—to stimulate conversation among researchers and experts in the field—the conference will include Panels of scientific leaders, and include Think Tanks in addition to traditional Plenary Sessions, Concurrent Oral Presentation Sessions and Poster Sessions. Sessions will be structured to encourage interaction and networking between participants.
Applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral presentations/panels, posters, and think tanks (which applicants will lead).
For proposal submission instructions and to register for the conference, please click here or visit this website.
American Public Health Association
138th Annual Meeting & Exposition
November 6-10, 2010
2010 Theme: Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative
Registration and housing open June 1, 2010. Register here.
North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
2010 Annual Meeting
November 13-17, 2010
This is a great meeting at which to present research projects and see what others are doing, especially for fellows and junior faculty. See the NAPCRG website for more information.
Advancing Ethical Research Conference - Uniting People, Principles, and Practices
December 6-8, 2010
San Diego, CA
Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Boston University School of Medicine
Listening to the Voices of Minorities and Researchers on Building Trust and Capacity for Respectful Engagement
Click here for more information and to register.
The Science of Research on Discrimination and Health
February 2-4, 2011
Natcher Conference Center
Supported by: National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Applied Research Program and Behavioral Research Program
Poster abstracts are due December 15, 2010.
Registration is now open. Registration deadline: December 31, 2010
Racial/ethnic discrimination is often identified as a contributor to racial/ethnic disparities in health but rarely examined in this context. The Applied Research and the Behavioral Research Programs of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) are sponsoring a three-day conference to examine the research and research methods for investigating the role of racial/ethnic discrimination in health. The specific purposes of the meeting are to (1) promote the science/research on racial/ethnic discrimination and its contribution to racial/ethnic disparities in health; (2) identify gaps in the research literature and areas for future research and/or NCI/NIH funding initiatives; and (3) increase awareness of the NCI?s interest in funding research in this topic area through the Program Announcement, The Effect of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination/Bias on Health Care Delivery (PA-080-083, PA-08-084, PA-08-085). Meeting presenters will discuss the researchliterature and/or present research results on the following topics:
- Institutional racism
- Personal prejudice/bias
- Implicit attitudes and stereotypes
- Stereotype threat
Strengths and limitations of existing instruments and methodologies for measuring the prevalence of or exposure to racial/ethnic discrimination The effect of chronic exposure to discrimination over the life course Discrimination and its impact on physical and mental health Perceived discrimination including the role of cultural incompetence and racial discordance. See the website for details. The conference will be videocast live.
CU Expo Conference
Community-University Partnerships: Bringing Global Perspectives to Local Action
May 10-14, 2011
Waterloo Region, ON Canada
As a major partner, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is fully supporting CU Expo in lieu of our own major conference in 2011. A discounted registration rate will be offered to CCPH members.
CU Expo 2011 is a Canadian-led conference designed to showcase the exemplars in community-university partnerships worldwide, and together to introduce creative ways of strengthening our local communities. Complex social issues require global perspectives to inform local action. Community-university partnerships can be an effective way to stimulate innovative solutions for the pressing concerns within our communities. Visit the conference website for the latest updates.
5. Funding Announcements
Also see the CTSI website's listing of current funding opportunities for community-engaged and "T2" research.
Effects of the Social Environment on Health: Measurement, Methods and Mechanisms (R01)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Next Application Due Date: January 6, 2011
Expiration Date: January 7, 2011
This FOA, issued as part of the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet), solicits Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to investigate structural, behavioral, sociocultural, environmental, cognitive, emotional, and/or biological mechanisms through which the social environment affects health outcomes. To address this objective, applicants should propose research studies that will: (1) deepen our understanding of which aspects of social environments affect health outcomes for women and men at different stages of the lifecourse and in different social, economic, geographic, racial and ethnic sub-populations; (2) lead to a clearer understanding of mechanisms through which social environments have such effects; or (3) improve measurement methods and/or contribute to advances in analytic methods used in the study of social environments and health.
Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R01 and R21)
Department of Public Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
Next Application Due Date: February 5, 2011
Expiration date: September 8, 2013
The focus of this FOA is on health promotion among racial and ethnic minority men. A scientific exploration of these disparities is central to NIHs commitment to reducing health disparities. Research in this area is essential to addressing Goal 2 outlined in Health People 2010: “To eliminate health disparities among segments of the population, including differences that occur by gender, race or ethnicity, education or income, disability, geographic location or sexual orientation.” Generally men access primary care facilities less often than women and are thus more inclined to delay accessing diagnostic services and treatments. Thus interventions in this area of study need to be innovative and cognizant of these patterns.
Community Tool Box 2010 Out Of The Box Prize Offer
The Community Tool Box is honoring innovative approaches to promoting community health and development worldwide with the 2010 Out of the Box Prize.
Applicants' work should reflect issues of importance to their communities, including issues such as community health, education, urban or rural development, poverty, the environment, and social justice. Finalists' innovative and promising approaches will be posted for a global audience on the Community Tool Box.
Important Dates: August 1, 2010: Opening Date for Applications
October 31, 2010: Deadline for application submissions
November 1 - 21, 2010: International panel reviews the applications
December 1, 2010: Award finalists posted on the Community Tool Box; public voting begins
January 31, 2011: Public voting ends
February 15, 2011: Grand Prize and Second Prize announced
The Community Tool Box has been creating and disseminating free, practical guidance about community health and development online since 1995. The Web site may be viewed here.
6. Publications of Interest
Pinto RM, Yu G, Spector AY, Gorroochurn P, McCarty D. Substance abuse treatment providers' involvement in research is associated with willingness to use findings in practice. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 39 (2010) 188 –194.
Involvement in research may enhance providers' willingness to use findings in practice and improve quality of services. Results underscore the need for providing opportunities for all providers to engage in substance abuse treatment research, particularly racial/ethnic minority providers.
Khoury MJ, Gwinn M, JPA The Emergence of Translational Epidemiology: From Scientific Discovery to Population Health Impact. American Journal of Epidemiology 172 (2010) 517-524. Also available online.
In a recent editorial launching the new journal Science of Translational Medicine, Dr. Elias Zerhouni, former director of the National Institutes of Health, remarked that despite decades of advances in our understanding of human biology and the emergence of powerful new technologies, such as genomics, the transformation of scientific discoveries into effective health interventions continues to elude us.
7. Other Resources & Opportunities
MPH Students Available to Work With Community Organizations
The San Francisco State University Master of Public Health Program is looking for organizations that would be interested in working with a team of Master of Public Health (MPH) students from January through December 2011 to conduct a community health assessment and produce a program plan/grant proposal. This experience is grounded in Community Based Participatory Research Principles. As a result, we are interested in projects in which there can be active participation of organization staff as well as some community engagement in the development and implementation of the assessment and the program design.
There is no cost to an organization to have the students do this work, although there may be a small amount of resources needed for aspects of the assessment including incentives for participants, etc. In addition, you need to be willing and able to work with graduate students who are learning and doing at the same time and provide them with guidance and support. That being said, many of our student teams have done high level work that has resulted in presentations at APHA and other conferences, published journal articles, and most importantly, products which organizations can actually use.
Please contact Jessica Wolin (415-338-1938) for more information and to receive an application/placement form. If you are interested in being considered as a placement, please return your form(s) to Jessica by e-mail by Friday, October 1st at 5:00pm. If you have more than one idea for the project please fill out a form for each project. Also, please feel free to attach additional information about your organization. The process for selecting the placements will be as follows:
- Organizations submit forms by October 1, 2010
- Follow-up discussions in September and October with all organizations that submitted
- Practice Committee meets in early November to select organizations that will be offered as placements
- All sites notified of selected placements mid November
- Placement sites meet all students in mid December
- Student teams put together and assigned to sites early January
- Team Practice begins end of January 2011
Community of Science Funding Opportunities
The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) maintains a subscription to the Community of Science (COS) Funding Opportunities database. The OSR recently added the COS Funding Alerts feature described below.
- COS is a comprehensive source of information on funding opportunities;
- It is an online searchable database that is updated daily;
- It contains information about government, non-profit, industry and international funding opportunities; and
- COS is available through the UCSF network.
“COS Funding Alerts” is an electronic notification system that will provide you a customized list of funding opportunities each week once you have registered. Subscribers receive the list via email every Sunday.
To begin searching COS and to sign-up for COS Funding Alerts, please visit the COS website. For questions regarding COS, please contact Gail Fisher, J.D., M.S.S., OSR Program Coordinator at(415) 502-5213.
Webinar Resources: A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Vulnerable Populations Portfolio
Grantmakers in Health
- Download the Messaging Guide: A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health. (PDF)
- Listen to the recorded July 29 webinar event.
- Download the presentation slides.
Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Health & Society Scholars
Application Deadline: October 1, 2010
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced its call for applications for the next cohort of Health & Society Scholars. UCSF and UC Berkeley (combined) is one of six sites nationally to host this two-year, interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program. Restricted to U.S. citizens.
For complete details, visit the RWJF website.
Hippocratic Oaths for Academe
Inside Higher Education
August 5, 2010
This article provides insights into the values at the foundation of acdemia. An expert on university management proposes two "Hippocratic oaths" for higher education – one for faculty members and one for managers – which he says could help negotiations when conflict arises.
Call for Diverse Products of Community-Engaged Projects
Focused on Immigrant and Refugee Health
Deadline for Submissions: December 1, 2010
CES4Health.info is an online mechanism for peer-reviewing, publishing and disseminating diverse products of community-engaged scholarship (CES). The results of CES are often disseminated through diverse products that are accessible and useful to community members and policy makers, such as photovoice exhibits, policy briefs, educational videos and podcasts. CES also often leads to the development of tools that can assist others in implementing or adapting the project in their communities, such as assessment instruments,
instructional manuals and patient education materials.
CES4Health.info is publishing a set of diverse products of community-engaged scholarship in immigrant and refugee health in Spring 2011. Submissions are due December 1, 2010 and involve completing an online application and uploading the product or providing a link to it. Products in English from anywhere in the
world will be considered.
The Global Alliance on Community Engaged Research (GACER)
Global dialogue video conversation on community-university engagement
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Learn more about this event at the GACER website.
Statehealthfacts.org Updates Data on Medicaid Enrollment and Costs, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Enrollees with Supplementary Insurance, Health Insurance Premiums, Diabetes, HMOs, and More
Updated 2007 data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation on the death rates for children ages 1-14 and teenagers ages 15-19 are available for all states and the nation. The latest obesity data from the CDC have been added and are available for adults by gender and race/ethnicity. Other health status updates from the CDC include diabetes prevalence, participation in physical activity, and access to care among the adult population; and vaccinations for influenza and pneumonia among the elderly for 2009. Updated data on health maintenance organizations (HMOs) from Healthleaders, Inc. on the number of HMOs operating in each state, HMO enrollment, and HMO penetration rates are now available for January 2009 and July 2009 for all states and the nation.
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