Health Disparities Symposium VII


This symposium is an opportunity to highlight faculty and trainee research on health disparities. UC San Francisco 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. For this call, health disparities refer to gaps in the quality of health and health care across 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 in the United States. We welcome research from the diversity of disciplines at UC San Francisco, both quantitative and qualitative work and research studies based outside the United States if these studies address disparities by race and ethnicity or social class.

The goal is to build community among disparities researchers from many disciplines and across units, schools, and campus sites. We would like to gather together all the amazing and outstanding disparities research in order to showcase this fine work and inspire future direction. Abstracts can be submitted for work that has been presented elsewhere or submitted to a journal for publication, but not for work that has already been published in a peer‐reviewed journal.

Keynote Speaker: Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH, FACP

Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH, FACP, Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, is a general internist with extensive experience improving the care of vulnerable patients with chronic disease. He is Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change National Program Office; Director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research; Associate Chief and Director of Research in the Section of General Internal Medicine; Co-Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatrics; and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. He currently is a member of the National Quality Forum Measure Applications Partnership Coordinating Committee and the NQF Healthcare Disparities and Cultural Competency Consensus Standards Steering Committee.

Dr. Chin is leading the evaluation of a Commonwealth Fund project that is implementing the patient-centered medical home in 65 safety net clinics across five states. He is also improving diabetes care and outcomes on the South Side of Chicago through health care system and community interventions supported by grants from NIDDK and the Merck Foundation. He serves on Academy Health’s Board of Directors, the CDC Community Preventive Services Task Force, the editorial board of Health Services Research, and the RWJF Aligning Forces for Quality National Advisory Committee. He has chaired the last three cycles of PCORI’s Addressing Health Disparities Review Panel.

Dr. Chin has won mentoring awards from the Society of General Internal Medicine and University of Chicago. Dr. Chin is a graduate of the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training in general internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.


8:00 WELCOME > Eliseo J. Perez-Stable
OPENING REMARKS > Renee Navarro, Vice Chancellor

8:15 Katherine G. Hastings
Leading Causes of Death among Asian Americans

8:30 Carmen Portillo
Influenza Vaccinations Disparities in Harlem Neighborhoods during the 2010-11 Influenza Season

8:45 Celia P. Kaplan
A Primary Care Clinic Based RCT to increase Discussion of Breast Cancer Risk effects by Race/Ethnicity

9:00 Jennifer Falbe
Active and Healthy Families: A randomized controlled trial of a family-based intervention for treating childhood obesity among low-income Latinos

9:15 Amani Nuru-Jeter
Racial Discrimination and Inflammation among African American Women: Behavioral and Psychobiological Pathways for Cardiovascular Health Disparities

9:30 Andrea V. Jackson
In an Urban, Academic Center does trusts in patients vary by patient race/ethnicity among reproductive health care providers?

9:45 Monique M. Hedderson
Racial/ethnic disparities in Cesarean Deliveries and related trends in Kaiser Permanente Northern California

10:00 Heidi Moseson
Ethnic Disparities in Rates of Unintended Pregnancy among Low-Income Women in California

10:15 Benjamin Chaffee
Maternal Socioeconomic Disadvantage in Childhood, excessive gestational weight gain, and adult obesity: Marginal structural models for total and controlled direct effects

10:30 – 11:45 AM > POSTER VIEWING

11:45 – 1:00 pm > Keynote Speaker
Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH, FACP
“A Roadmap to Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care”


CLOSING REMARKS > Victor Fujimoto


For additional information, please contact the scientific organizers:
Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable ( or Victor Y. Fujimoto (

Part of 2013 Diversity Month, "Building Community at UCSF."

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