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

March 2020Milenko Martinovich

Orlando Harris Named Honoree for Work to Improve Health of African Diasporic Community

Orlando Harris, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, was honored for his scholarship, advocacy and care toward improving the lives of people from the African American and African Diasporic community. The honor is awarded by the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative and UCSF Multicultural Resource Center.

Orlando Harris Harris was among the honorees recognized on March 24 as part of the Kente Collaboratory Series, which focuses on the impact of black clinicians, practitioners and scholars on the health of the African Diasporic community.

Elizabeth Gatewood Becomes Assistant Dean for Ed Tech Innovation

Elizabeth Gatewood, associate clinical professor in Family Health Care Nursing, assumed a new part-time role as Assistant Dean for Education Technology Innovation, Elizabeth Gatewood starting March 1.

In this role, Gatewood leads the expansion of our Nursing Tech Hub in support of the School’s Strategic Plan and education imperatives. She oversees our efforts to grow the use of educational and health care technologies to enhance the academic experience of our students. This includes expanding clinical simulation, increasing skill building in telehealth, and participating in the development of devices that empower patients to better manage their health and chronic conditions.

This is a part-time commitment, reporting to Associate Dean Maureen Shannon. Gatewood will continue some of her existing responsibilities, while other duties will gradually transition to other individuals this spring.

Expansion of the Tech Hub to meet the needs of faculty and students is made possible through the generous support of the Baum family and the Chancellor’s Office.

Monica McLemore Opens Special Podcast Series on Women in Science

Monica McLemore How do you create women in science? Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, kicks off a special podcast series with Carry the One Radio, featuring Women in Science in honor of Women’s History Month. Listen to the podcast.

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” McLemore says in the podcast. “I always tell people I was built. We can build others. Make space. It’s not rocket science.”

Shannon Smith-Bernardin Awarded Grant for Street Health Outreach Education Project

Shannon Smith-Bernardin, assistant adjunct professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been awarded Innovations Funding for Education for her project Shannon Smith-Bernardin “House Calls to the Homeless: Street Health Outreach Education.”

The project, which begins July 1, will incorporate didactics and experiential learning to increase the capacity of health care students in the needs and care of homeless individuals who are unsheltered. Smith-Bernardin is partnering with Scott Steiger of the School of Medicine to launch the project.

Catherine Waters Awarded Florence Stroud Pioneer Award

Catherine Waters Associate Dean Catherine Waters, was honored with the Florence Stroud Pioneer Award on Feb. 22 at the Bay Area Black Nurses Association’s annual conference, which was hosted by the School on the Parnassus campus. The award recognizes an individual whose dedication embodies the work of Stroud, a UCSF professor and registered nurse who was an innovator of health care initiatives that addressed disparities and the first African American to serve as Berkeley's health director. 

Waters was also a presenter at the BABNA conference, along with faculty members Monica McLemore, Orlando Harris, and Vice Chancellor Corey Jackson. View the photo slideshow.

Barbara Koenig on Use of Genomic Sequencing 

Barbara Koenig, professor at the Institute for Health and Aging and director of UCSF's Bioethics Program, was quoted in a March 9 Wired article entitled "Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives Barbara Koenig of Newborns." 

“You don’t screen unless you have a really good test that has a clear outcome, and you don’t screen unless you have a very serious condition in which, once you discover the condition, you can change the outcome dramatically,” she said.

Andrew Penn Launches New Nurses Group in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

Andrew Penn Andrew Penn, associate clinical professor in Community Health Systems, has co-founded a professional nursing group for nurses at all levels of training who are interested in the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

The Organization of Psychedelic and Entheogenic Nurses (OPENurses) is for nurses who work with patients using therapeutic psychedelic medicines. Its goal is to establish best practices; clearly define appropriate care in psychedelic sessions; elucidate a code of ethics and conduct; advocate for the full inclusion of nurses in psychedelic therapy; provide continuing education related to psychedelic therapy; and provide a place for professional networking. Interested nurses and allied professional colleagues can sign up to stay on top of developments.

Francesca Nicosia on Impact of “Lean” on Wisconsin Hospital Nurses Francesca Nicosia

Francesca Nicosia, assistant professor with the Institute for Health and Aging, was quoted in a Wisconsin Watch investigative report on the impacts of budget cuts and the “lean” model on hospital nurses in Wisconsin.

Julene Johnson Invited as Issue Expert for GCBH

Julene Johnson Associate Dean for Research Julene Johnson served as an issue expert for the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) in Washington D.C. in February. The GCBH inspires thought leaders to work together to translate critical scientific information on brain health into simple actions people can take every day.


Charlene Harrington Advocates for Minimum RN Staffing Levels

Charlene Harrington, professor emerita in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was one of two experts who were invited to provide expertise to Australia’s Royal Commission Charlene Harrington  into Aged Care Quality and Safety during a one-day hearing last month on its aged care workforce. During her remarks, Harrington spoke about the importance of adequate RN staffing levels for nursing homes. Read more about Harrington’s testimony.


Recent Publications

A Predictive Model and Socioeconomic and Demographic Determinants of Under-Five Mortality in Sierra Leone — Jerry John Nutor, March 20, 2020

The Danger of Social Isolation During a Pandemic — Stacy Torres, March 13, 2020

Promising Results from the Use of a Korean Drama to Address Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors on School Bullying and Mental Health among Asian American College-Aged Students — Van Ta Park, March 3, 2020

Shared Medical Appointments: An Academic-Community Partnership to Improve Care Among Adults With Type 2 Diabetes in California Central Valley Region — Carolina Noya, Abbey Alkon, Elizabeth Castillo, Angel Kuo, Elizabeth Gatewood, March 2, 2020

The Lived Experience of Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetes-Related Distress — Janine Cataldo, Heather Leutwyler, Catherine Chesla, March 1, 2020

Coronavirus on College Campuses: Fight Fear and Racism Along with the Outbreak — Stacy Torres, PhD, March 1, 2020

Transitioning to Life in a Nursing Home: The Potential Role of Palliative Care — Elizabeth Halifax, Lauren Hunt, Caroline Stephens, Feb. 27, 2020

An Integrated Pain Team Model: Impact on Pain-Related Outcomes and Opioid Misuse in Patients with Chronic Pain — Francesca Nicosia, Natalie Purcell, Feb. 25, 2020

Actionable Ventricular Tachycardia During In-hospital ECG Monitoring and its Impact on Alarm Fatigue — Michele Pelter, Feb. 24, 2020

Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Self-Initiated Interventions to Decrease Pain and Sensory Disturbances Associated with Peripheral Neuropathy — Christine Miaskowski, Feb. 20, 2020

Application of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Sampling Weights to Transgender Health Measurement — Ethan Cicero, Janice Humphreys, Feb. 20, 2020

Patient Perspectives on Declining to Participate in Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Mixed-Methods Study — Francesca Nicosia, Feb. 19, 2020

Ugandan Jajjas: Antecedents and Rewards of Caring for Grandchildren in the Context of HIV — Sally Rankin, Margaret Wallhagen, Feb. 19, 2020

Comparing Patients' Experiences with Electronic and Traditional Consultation: Results from a Multisite Survey — Sara Ackerman, Feb. 19, 2020

Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Discharge Videoconference for Children with Medical Complexity: A Pilot Study — Roberta Rehm, Feb. 18, 2020

The Contribution of Ototoxic Medications to Hearing Loss Among Older Adults — Yoonmee Joo, Oi Saeng Hong, Margaret Wallhagen, Feb. 14, 2020

A Community Choir Intervention to Promote Well-Being Among Diverse Older Adults: Results From the Community of Voices Trial — Julene Johnson, Anita Stewart, Jason Flatt, Wendy Max, Feb. 14, 2020

Modernizing Scope-of-Practice Regulations - Time to Prioritize Patients — Joanne Spetz, Feb. 13, 2020

Modeling Individual, Parental and Peer Factors to Glycemic Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: A Prospective Study — Jyu-Lin Chen, Feb. 7, 2020

Characterization of Substance Use Among Underrepresented Sexual and Gender Minority Participants in the Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality (PRIDE) Study — Annesa Flentje, Feb. 7, 2020

Admission Of First-Generation To College Prelicensure Master’s Entry And Graduate Nursing Students – Laura Wagner, Joanne Spetz, Feb. 6, 2020

Frequency of Depressive Symptoms Among Female Migrant Workers in China: Associations With Acculturation, Discrimination and Reproductive Health — Lisa Lommel, Feb. 6, 2020

'Cease And Desist?' The Persistence Of Marlboro Brand Imagery In Racing Video Games — Patricia McDaniel, Feb. 5, 2020

Emotional Distress and Quality of Life During Folinic Acid, Fluorouracil and Oxaliplatin in Colorectal Cancer Patients With and Without Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Cross-Sectional Study — Jyu-Lin Chen, Feb. 1, 2020

Tamoxifen-Related Endocrine Symptoms in Chinese Patients with Breast Cancer: Study Protocol Clinical Trial (SPIRIT Compliant) — Christine Miaskowski, Feb. 1, 2020

Excellence in Postlicensure Interprofessional Palliative Care Education: Consensus Through a Delphi Survey — Doranne Donesky, Feb. 1, 2020

Intracranial Pressure Monitoring via External Ventricular Drain: Are We Waiting Long Enough Before Recording the Real Value? — Michele Pelter, Feb. 1, 2020

The Health Status of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Adults in the United States — Ethan Cicero