Annual UCSF Health Equity and Anti-Racism Research Symposium

Call for Abstacts launch

Submission deadline extended!
April 22 – June 14 at 11:59 PM PT

UCSF HEAR Symposium 2024

Wednesday, October 9, 2024
Mission Bay Conference Center | 1675 Owens Street

The annual UCSF Health Equity and Anti-Racism Research (HEAR) Symposium showcases research and action to advance health equity and anti-racism. Our purpose is to inspire future collaborations and research direction by highlighting the breadth and depth of health equity, health disparities and anti-racism research. The goal of the symposium is to build community among researchers across disciplines and across units, schools and campus sites and the wider Bay Area.

Abstract Submissions

  • 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.
  • We encourage first authors at all levels from students to full professors. The first author will be the presenter if selected for a plenary presentation.
  • Each person can be first author on only one submission.
  • Faculty, staff, and trainees affiliated with San Francisco Bay Area health care and research institutions are eligible to submit abstracts.

Structured abstracts are required and must conform to the following organization.

Non-conforming abstracts will not be reviewed.

  1. All required components of the abstract including the title and all authors must fit on 1-page and must be in 11-point font.
  2. The body of the abstract (Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions) must not exceed 400 words.
  3. Up to 2 figures, graphs or tables are permitted as along as it fits on the 1-page limit with all other required components of the abstract.
  4. Please submit abstracts as PDF files. Save the PDF file name by: First Author Last name and first initial-Name of Abstract (e.g., Rivera A.-Abstract2023.pdf).
  5. Required components of the abstract:
    • Title. No all caps, quotes, underlining or bolding.
    • Authors.Please list all authors by last name and initials and academic/professional affiliation. Please indicate the academic/professional title of first author.
    • Background. Describe the context and importance of the study and specify the purpose or goal of the study.
    • Methods. Include a description of the methods used including setting, population, sampling techniques, measures, and analytical procedures.
    • Results. A summary of results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions. Up to 2 tables, graphs or figures are permitted as long as the entire abstract is on one page.
    • Conclusions. State the implications of the findings for clinical practice, research, education, or policy. We strongly discourage abstracts that have not yet produced results. Statements such as "The results will be discussed" or "Other data will be presented” are not acceptable.
Time Program Speaker
8:00 - 8:30 am Breakfast  
8:30 - 8:35 am Welcome Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
8:35 - 8:45 am Opening Remarks Remarks and Introduction of Moderator and Oral Presenters Tung Nguyen, MD
8:45 - 9:35 am Plenary Presentation Block 1 with Q & A Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, Moderator
8:45 - 8:55 am Integrating Health Care Linkage into a Latina/o/x Focused Low-Barrier Community Based COVID-19 Testing Site in the Mission District of San Francisco Maria Contreras Oseguera, Edgar Castellanos Diaz
8:55 - 9:05 am RE-AIM Evaluation of a Community Produce Prescription Program for Low-Income Household Grace Hildebrand
9:05 - 9:15 am Health Equity covid-19 REsearch with Community health centers (HERE with Community) Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH
9:15 - 9:25 am A Community-Informed Research Approach for the Development of a Community Collaborative Structure Within Public Health Governance Deandra Lee, MS
9:25 - 9:35 am Block 1 Discussion and Q&A Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA
9:35 - 10:20 am Poster Session 1  
10:20 - 10:25 am Break  
10:25 - 10:30 am Introduction of Moderator and Oral Presenters Jane Jih, MD
10:30 - 11:20 am Plenary Presentation Block 2 with Q&A Alejandra Rincón, PhD, Moderator
10:30 - 10:40 am Disparities in Dental Care Utilization Among Intimate Partner Violence Survivors: A TikTok Qualitative Analysis Sepideh Banava, DDS, MPH, MBA
10:40 - 10:50 am Because the darkness of my skin, I know it can go down quick: A Qualitative Examination of the Impact of Police Violence on the Mental and Physical Health of Black and Latino MSM in California and New York. Joseph Egbunikeokye
10:50 - 11:00 am Factors Associated with Acute Healthcare Use in a Representative Sample of Adults Experiencing Homelessness in California Jessica Fields
11:00  - 11:10 am Training a workforce to provide in-home care to older adults living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSSW
11:10 - 11:20 am Block 2 Discussion and Q&A Alejandra Rincón, PhD
11:20 - 11:25 am Introduction of Dr. Nguyen Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD
11:25 - 12:15 pm Midday Presentation Tung Nguyen, MD
12:15 - 12:30 pm Q&A Jane Jih, MD, Moderator
12:30 - 1:00 pm Lunch  
1:00 - 1:45 pm Poster Session 2  
1:45 - 1:50 pm Break  
1:50 - 1:55 pm Introduction of Moderator and Oral Presenters Jane Jih, MD
1:55 - 2:45 pm Plenary Presentation Block 3 with Q&A Victor Fujimoto, MD, Moderator
1:55 - 2:05 pm Evaluating the Impact of Team-Based Care Pilot Program with Food Vouchers on the Diabetes Management of San Francisco Health Network Patients Jessica Ainooson
2:05 - 2:15 pm APOL1 Risk Variants Associate with Prevalent Stroke Disease in African American Current and Past Smokers Jelena Mustra Rakic, PhD
2:15 - 2:25 pm Facilitating access to direct-acting antivirals in a community-based point-of-diagnosis model for hepatitis C treatment: the role of the pharmacy team in the No One Waits (NOW) study Colleen McGourty, MD, PhD
2:25 - 2:35 pm Leadership Academies to reduce commercial tobacco use among people with behavioral health conditions Maya Vijayaraghavan, MD, MAS
2:35 - 2:45 pm Block 3 Discussion and Q&A Victor Fujimoto, MD
2:45 - 2:55 pm Closing Remarks Harold "Hal" Collard, MD, MS
2:55 - 3:00 pm Thank you Tung Nguyen, MD


Accessibility Information

UCSF is committed to making its facilities, activities and events accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodations, please contact HEAR - Diversity and Outreach.


Opportunities to sponsor HEAR are open at a range of funding levels for both UCSF and external organizations. Sponsorship supports the ability to offer HEAR symposium as a free event dedicated to furthering collaboration and innovation in research that centers health equity and anti-racism. All sponsors are recognized in symposium program and web page with expanded level benefits including sponsor logo in social media promotion, keynote speaker introduction and photo opportunity, and participation in post-symposium evaluation meeting.

Sponsorship information coming soon. For questions, please email:

Many Thanks to Our HEAR 2023 Sponsors