Leadership in Action: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Milestones

February 2020Milenko Martinovich

Ifeyinwa Asiodu Honored for Service, Dedication

Ifeyinwa Asiodu, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was honored with an award for her service and dedication to the California Breastfeeding Coalition and its statewide work to ensure all families in California have access to quality lactation support, breastfeeding and chestfeeding resources and donor human milk.

Ifeyinwa Asiodu The award was presented at the 10th annual California Breastfeeding Summit and Legacy Gala, Jan. 21-23, in Sacramento. Asiodu was one of the leading organizers of the event, which drew more than 400 breastfeeding advocates from around the state.

Several SON faculty attended and participated in this event. Among them, Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, presented on “Resolving Health Inequities Experienced by Black People with the Capacity for Pregnancy.” In addition, Ana Delgado, clinical professor in the School of Medicine, presented on “Labor Support and Breastfeeding.”

Linda Franck Named STTI Research Hall of Fame Honoree

Linda Franck Linda Franck, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, will join the 2020 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The honor is for venerated nurse researchers, and recognizes the significant impact her research has made on the nursing profession.

Franck and other honorees will be recognized at Sigma’s 31st International Nursing Research Congress, July 23-27, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Kathleen Dracup Awarded Ken Shine Prize

Kathleen Dracup, dean emeritus and professor emeritus, was named the 2020 winner of the Ken Shine Prize in Health Leadership, which is awarded to a person who has Kathleen Dracup made significant leadership advancements in health. Dracup was the featured speaker at the Ken Shine Health Lectureship on Feb. 13 and delivered the lecture, “Interprofessional Collaboration in Practice: A Personal Journey.”

Kim Dau to Launch New Midwifery Mentoring, Belonging Program

Kim Dau Kim Q. Dau, associate clinical professor in Family Health Care Nursing, has been awarded a $100,000, one-year grant from the Yellow Chair Foundation to develop a new Midwifery Mentoring and Belonging Program. The program aims to empower students and mentors to build community and relationships through midwifery education. Development of the new project will occur through June 2021. The pilot phase will launch in October 2020 with five mentorship pairs. Full implementation is slated for October 2021.

Jarmin Yeh to Help CDPH Track Maternal Deaths

Jarmin Yeh, assistant adjunct professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, is engaging in a new project with the California Department of Public Health to track maternal Jarmin Yeh  deaths in the state. The project combines technical assistance, consultation, analysis and development of data collection processes and systems to support and implement maternal and child health care programs, with in-depth research and analysis to inform program planning at the state and local levels. It will review maternal death data collected from hospitals, coroners and other sources to support the state’s pregnancy-associated Mortality Review project. CDPH is providing five years of funding for this project.

New Gift to Support Kimberly Baltzell's Work Empowering Nurses in Africa

Kimberley Baltzell Kimberly Baltzell, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, recently received a multimillion-dollar gift from the Wyss Medical Foundation to support the development of nurse leadership in Malawi, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a focus on reducing the risk of complications and death during childbirth. Read more about the gift.


Ruth Malone Delivers Keynote at Tobacco Control Conference

Ruth Malone, professor emerita, was the keynote speaker at the Ottawa Conference, a major Canadian tobacco control meeting, where she spoke on phasing out the Ruth Malone sales of cigarettes. She was also featured at the Oceania Tobacco Control Meeting in Sydney, Australia late last year, speaking on the same topic.

Training APRNs to Care for Pediatric Acute Care Patients

Sandy Staveski The School of Nursing and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society are partnering to train more than 35 advanced practice nurses a year for two years to provide advanced care to pediatric acute care patients.

The training, which will be delivered through a Pediatric Cardiac ICU and Stepdown Advanced Practice Provider Course, will be offered June 22-24 at UCSF. Enrollment will open first to Bay Area APRNs, including students in the PNP-AC specialty and PNP-AC preceptors, for two weeks in March. Enrollment will open to a wider audience later.

In addition, the School is teaming up with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford to train trainers and become self-sufficient partner sites that would offer the course annually.

Sandy Staveski, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, is leading the project. The course is funded by a $5,000-a-year, two-year grant from Melnic, Inc.

Master's Student Kevin Watanakeeree Honored at InQuERI Conference

Master's student Kevin Watanakeeree was awarded "Best Research Poster" at the UCSF Health 7th Annual Clinical InQuERI Conference on Feb. 6. Kevin Watanakeeree

His poster was entitled "ECG Arrhythmia Alarms during Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Therapy and its Impact on Alarm Fatigue." The poster highlights the LVAD population and explores their ECG alarms looking for true vs. false arrhythmias. The work highlights the vulnerability of LVAD patients to alarm fatigue due to their vast amounts of false alarms. 

Black Nurses Day on Capitol Hill

The leaders of the National Black Nurses Association have decided to support an intervention to accelerate the recruitment of African Americans in dementia research. This intervention Elena Portacolone  was proposed in a R24 grant to the National Institute on Aging, with Associate Dean Catherine Waters, as co-investigator and Elena Portacolone, assistant adjunct professor in IHA, as co-principal investigator.

To celebrate the grant submission, Portacolone was invited to attend National Black Nurses Day on Capitol Hill on Feb. 6. 


New Project Supports Contraceptive-Informed Choice to Launch

Jenny Liu On Feb. 3-6, UCSF researchers welcomed teams from the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Makerere University College of Public Health in Uganda, Nigeria, Akena Health+ and Malawi University of Science and Technology to kick off a new project. The initiative, “Optimizing Approaches to Implementing Self-Injection of DMPA-SC Within the Contraceptive Method Mix,” will investigate, design and evaluate how self-injection of subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate can be implemented to support contraceptive-informed choice and use in each of the study countries. It is led by co-PIs Jenny Liu, assistant adjunct professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, and Kelsey Holt, from the School of Medicine, and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The meeting included global sexual and reproductive health roundtables where investigators from each country, UCSF and UC Berkeley presented their research findings to the UCSF community.

Matt Tierney Launches Lecture Series This Winter and Spring

Matt Tierney, clinical professor in Community Health Systems, is leading a new education series on substance use. 

The first lecture, which was Feb. 24, offered an overview on identifying and addressing substance use. Subsequent lectures will delve into determining level of care and Matt Tierney treatment resources; alcohol use and treatment; opioid use and treatment; and tobacco and stimulant use. 

Nicole Collman Completes Teach for UCSF Certificate

Nicole Collman Nicole Collman, assistant clinical professor in Community Health Systems, completed the Teach for UCSF Certificate in Clinical Teaching. A ceremony will be held in October to celebrate all graduates.

Intended for teachers in clinical settings, the program consists of nine workshops and 20 hours of instruction. Participants demonstrate skills learned by completing assessment exercises during the workshops.

Recent Publications

Precarious Work Schedules and Population Health — Kristen Harknett, Feb. 13, 2020

Title X Regulatory Changes and their Impact on Adolescent Health — Naomi Schapiro, Feb. 13, 2020

What About The Men? Perinatal Experiences Of Men Of Color Whose Partners Were At Risk For Preterm Birth, A Qualitative Study — Brittany Edwards, Monica McLemore, Kimberly Baltzell, Linda Franck, Feb. 10, 2020

“For a Younger Crowd”: Place, Belonging, and Exclusion among Older Adults Facing Neighborhood Change — Stacy Torres, Feb. 5, 2020

CE: An Evidence-Based Update on Contraception — Monica McLemore, February 2020

Social Media Use as a Predictor of Higher Body Mass Index in Persons Living With HIV — Carol Dawson-Rose, Carmen Portillo, Jan. 31, 2020

Childhood Obesity: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Clinical Practice-Part One — Karen Duderstadt, Jan. 28, 2020

Modes of Attention: Modes of Storytelling — Sharon Kaufman, Jan. 24, 2020

Distinct Symptom Experience Among Subgroups of Patients With ESRD Receiving Maintenance Dialysis — Christine Miaskowski, Bruce Cooper, Jan. 22, 2020

Interprofessional Education Between Midwifery Students and Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents: An American College of Nurse-Midwives and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Collaboration — Kim Dau, Jan. 21, 2020

Higher Levels of Stress and Different Coping Strategies Are Associated With Greater Morning and Evening Fatigue Severity in Oncology Patients Receiving Chemotherapy — Kord Kober, Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Jan. 20, 2020

A Longitudinal Analysis of Phenotypic And Symptom Characteristics Associated With Inter-Individual Variability in Employment Interference in Patients With Breast Cancer — Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Christine Miaskowski, Jan. 18, 2020

HIV Infection, Hunger, Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and Depressive Symptoms are Associated With Exclusive Breastfeeding to Six Months Among Women in Western Kenya: A Longitudinal Observational Study — Emily Tuthill, Jan. 16, 2020

Effects of an Educational Intervention on Heart Failure Knowledge, Self-Care Behaviors and Health-Related Quality of Life of Patients With Heart Failure: Exploring the Role of Depression — Michele Pelter, Kathy Dracup, Jan. 15, 2020

Feasibility and Acceptability of a Web-Based Dietary Intervention With Text Messages for Colorectal Cancer: A Randomized Pilot Trial — Christine Miaskowski, Yoshimi Fukuoka, Jan. 15, 2020

Changes in Attentional Function in Patients From Prior to Through 12 Months After Breast Cancer Surgery: Changes in Attentional Function Following Breast Cancer Surgery — Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Bruce Cooper, Christine Miaskowski, Jan. 14, 2020

Photoplethysmography Based Atrial Fibrillation Detection: A Review — Michele Pelter, Kais Godhoumi, Jan. 10, 2020

A New Perspective on Spiritual Care: Collaborative Chaplaincy and Nursing Practice — Doranne Donesky, Jan. 9, 2020

Alterations in Patterns of Gene Expression and Perturbed Pathways in the Gut-Brain Axis Are Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea — Elena Flowers, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Kord Kober, Jan. 7, 2020

Patients Assess an eConsult Model's Acceptability at 5 US Academic Medical Centers — Sara Ackerman, Jan. 1, 2020

Estimating Risk and Cost: An Analysis of Patients With Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes in Rural Jalisco, Mexico — Kimberly Baltzell, January 2020