Two SFGH-based faculty interviewed about efforts to reach vulnerable populations

Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH, and Dean Schillinger, MD, were interviewed on Sunday, March 1, about their work on behalf of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, based at the UCSF-affiliated San Francisco General Hospital. The interview aired on local television program Comunidad Del Valle (NBC - cable ch 3, non-cable ch 11), which reaches a primarily English-speaking audience whose influence reaches large segments of the Latino community.

Schillinger, a primary care physician, discussed the need for innovative communication strategies between primary care centers such as SFGH and vulnerable populations in the community who don’t receive the information they need to manage chronic illnesses, due to such factors as limited literacy, language barriers and lack of health insurance.

Handley, an epidemiologist who focuses on translational and public health research as it pertains to vulnerable populations, described an effort to reach out to a population of immigrants in Monterey County who have experienced lead poisoning from foods transported from Oaxaca, Mexico. She noted the need to come up with health messages that take into account both the concern about toxicity and the importance of native foods in recent immigrants’ lives.

Schillinger, the director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at SFGH, is an associate professor of medicine at UCSF. Handley is assistant adjunct professor of epidemiology and biostatistics and in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF.

UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations

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