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The UCSF School of Medicine Announces Inaugural Class of Dean’s Population Health and Health Equity (PHHE) Scholars

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The UCSF School of Medicine is pleased to announce its inaugural class of Dean’s Population Health and Health Equity (PHHE) Scholars. These awards are made to junior faculty working in the area of population health or health equity broadly defined.

The PHHE Scholars program was launched through a generous donation from Anne-Marie and Wylie Peterson with matching funds from the Dean’s Office. The broad interest within the School of Medicine in population health and health equity led to funding of additional Scholars focused on cancer (funded through the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCSF Department of Urology) and brain health (funded through the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI)).

The pilot awards will go do support innovative research or programming already underway and led by the scholars. The work in this year’s class focusses on cancer health disparities, the impacts of long-term immigration policy-related stressors on population health, sexual and reproductive health inequities among marginalized populations, and subsidized housing’s impact on the implementation of smoke-free policies.

“Health equity means assuring that everyone has the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. To achieve this, we must work to understand how patterns of health and disease differ across populations, how biological, behavioral, social, and structural factors intersect to lead to poor health, and most importantly how to design interventions to improve health and reduce health disparities,” said School of Medicine Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo. “We are thrilled to support the work of the inaugural class of Dean’s Population Health and Health Equity Scholars, as they pursue equity-focused research activities and develop innovative real-world solutions that are sustainable and capable of implementation in at-risk vulnerable communities.”

“The UCSF School of Medicine produces physician leaders in clinical care, research, and medical education and has a long-standing commitment to equity,” said School of Medicine Dean, Talmadge E. King, Jr. “The establishment of the Dean’s Population Health and Health Equity Scholars program will enhance our ongoing efforts to support research that can impact the health of underserved populations. Together with our partners Anne-Marie and Wylie Peterson, I congratulate this exceptional group of faculty for their commitment to equity, and look forward to all they will achieve.”



Meet the inaugural class of Dean’s PHHE Scholars:

Brittany Chambers, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH
Assistant Professor
Departments of Medicine, Urology and Radiation Oncology

Jacqueline Torres, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Maya Vijayaraghavan, MD, MAS
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Serggio Lanata

Serggio Lanata, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology