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

April 2020Milenko Martinovich
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Sandra Weiss to be Honored as ISPN Living Legend

Sandra Weiss, professor in Community Health Systems, will receive the Living Legend Award from the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.

The award recognizes nurses who have made significant lifetime contributions to psychiatric-mental health nursing, and who have exhibited creativity and innovation in blazing trails for future nurses.

Deborah Johnson Named 2020 AANP Fellow

Deborah Johnson, associate clinical professor in Community Health Systems, has been selected as a 2020 fellow by the American Association of Deborah Johnson Nurse Practitioners, and will be inducted at a June 25 ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The honor recognizes NPs whose scholarly and forward-thinking contributions have led to meaningful improvements to health care and the NP role. AANP fellows engage in leading new initiatives, support the organization’s mission, and mentor and facilitate the leadership development of NPs.

Monica McLemore Joins TIME'S UP Global Board

Monica McLemore Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, joins the TIME'S UP Global Leadership Board, which will work with the TIME'S UP leadership team and board of directors to guide the organization's efforts.

TIME'S UP was formed in 2018 and works to tackle gender equity issues, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

In the News: SON Faculty, Students in COVID-19 Media Coverage

SON faculty and students continue to be featured in ongoing media coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, providing their expertise, insight and experiences.

Stacy Torres Stacy Torres, assistant professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was featured in an April 27 National Geographic article "America’s Face-Mask Culture is Changing, and Their Meaning Changes Too; an April 10 Vox article "Every Aspect of the Coronavirus Pandemic Exposes America’s Devastating Inequalities" and in the March 27 PBS Above the Noise video, “#StayHome: Why Social Distancing Saves Lives,” on the critical need for physical distancing. Torres appears at the 4:30-minute mark. Monica McLemore

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, spoke about the need to rebuild our public health infrastructure, centering around people who are most vulnerable, in KGO Channel 7 News’ April 8 piece “New Data Shows Coronavirus Disproportionately Impacts Black Americans.” She appears at the 2:22 mark.

Kristen Harknett Kristen Harknett, associate professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was quoted in an April 10 The New York Times article “Could the Pandemic Wind Up Fixing What’s Broken About Work in America?” and quoted in the April 8 KQED article “Even With New Federal Coronavirus Bill, Most Workers Get No Additional Sick Leave” about how many workers come to work sick because they don’t get paid sick leave.

Charlene Harrington, professor emerita, was quoted in an April 15 KPIX CBS report “Two More Coronavirus Deaths at Hayward Nursing Home; District Attorney’s Office Charlene Harrington Investigating” and appeared as a guest on KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny on April 20 in which she discussed why nursing homes are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus; an April 3 Herald-Mail article “Families Watch Helplessly as Coronavirus Hits Nursing Homes, Infects Loved One”; a March 31 KPIX piece “5 Residents At Pacifica Nursing Home Test Positive For COVID-19; 1 Patient Dead”; and a March 30 Los Angeles Times article “Coronavirus Outbreaks at Nursing Homes Rise Sharply in LA County.”

MS student Kyle Navarro was among a group of panelists who participated in ABC 7 News’ virtual discussion, "Racism & Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation," on April 1 in which he shared his experience of being spat at and called a racial slur while on the job.

Joanne Spetz Joanne Spetz, was quoted in ABC 10 KXTV’s April 13 report “These California Medical Workers Are Signing Up For Newsom's Health Corps — Despite Risks” and was a featured guest in KQED Forum’s April 1 piece “California Calls On Medical Students and Retirees to Fight Coronavirus Pandemic” about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new Health Corps California and his intention to enlist thousands of medical and nursing students and retired doctors and nurses by reworking licensing requirements. 

Faculty, Student Contribute to New State of the World's Nursing Report 

The work of several SON faculty was cited in the World Health Organization's recently released State of the World’s Nursing 2020 report.

The report points to the professors' work in discussing support for maternal health care, and the development and implementation of innovative Kimberly Baltzell, Monica McLemore, Sally Rankin research methods to investigate issues of importance to improving global health. The specific articles cited were: 

  • "Information and Power: Women of Color’s Experiences Interacting With Health Care Providers in Pregnancy and Birth" by Linda Franck, McLemore, and alumna Talita Oseguera.

Linda Franck, Talita Oseguera, Ashley Moore In addition, MS student Ashley Moore was a contributor to this report, participating in meetings and leading some of the initiatives during a summer residency. Elizabeth Iro, the CNO at WHO, served as her mentor and preceptor.


Monica McLemore on Maternal Mortality Crisis

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was among the guest speakers featured in Next Question with Katie Couric, an Apple podcast series.Monica McLemore The two-part documentary podcast, entitled  "America's Maternal Mortality Crisis," explores the high rates of maternal mortality, especially among black women.

Kristen Harknett’s Research on Paid Sick Leave Garners Media Coverage

Kristen Harknett

Kristen Harknett, associate professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and her UC Berkeley collaborator Daniel Schneider released a research brief on paid sick leave, drawing on data from their Shift Project survey of service sector workers. The research was covered in the Los Angeles Times, KQED, CNN Business, Huffington Post and other outlets.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a grant to Harknett and Schneider to continue their data collection from service sector workers over the coming year, with the goals of tracking the economic and health toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cancer Research Paper Among Top 100

A research paper by Christine Miaskowski, Kord Kober, Bruce Cooper, and Steven Paul, was one of the top 100 downloaded cancer papers for Christine Miaskowski, Kord Kober Scientific Reports in 2019. The research article, "Network Analysis of the Multidimensional Symptom Experience of Oncology," received 2,278 article downloads after it published Feb. 19, 2010. Scientific Reports published more than 1,024 cancer papers in 2019.

Alumna, Faculty Paper Cited in Amicus Brief

Monica McLemore, Diana Taylor The American Academy of Nursing and American Nurses Association signed onto an April 8 amicus brief to the Supreme Court regarding contraception coverage.

In making its argument, the brief cites a 2017 research paper, "Multiple Unintended Pregnancies in U.S. Women: A Systematic Review," authored by alumna E. Angel Atzlan, Monica McLemore, and professor emerita Diana Taylor. 

Jerry John Nutor, Laura Wagner Awarded Gaine Funds

The Gaine Research Fund supports pilot research projects focused on the areas of high-risk maternity and infant health as well as long-term Jerry John Nutor, Laura Wagner rehabilitative care. The fund is made possible by Emile Hansen Gaine, an SON alumna. The recipients are:

Linda Park to Lead Project on Improving Health Disparities

Linda Park

Linda Park, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, is embarking on the pilot study, "Improving Health Disparities by Promoting Physicak Activity Among Asian American Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease," and has received funding from the UCSF Pepper Center and the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.

Stella Bialous in World Health Day Celebration

Stella Aguinaga Bialous, professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was among the nurses featured in the Union for International Cancer Control Stella Bialous celebration of World Health Day on April 7. The celebration highlighted the work of nurses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns around the provision of cancer care, particularly in low and middle income countries.

Linda Franck, Anne Lown Join Campus Research Committee

Linda Franck, Anne Lown

Linda Franck and Anne Lown have joined the new Clinical Trialist Advisory Committee (CTAC) of the UCSF Office of Research.

The committee, which consists of members from multiple campus departments, will provide advice and feedback on clinical trial operations, priorities and ongoing activities for the Office of Research as well as to the Associate Vice-Chancellor of Clinical Research, the Clinical Trial Administration Executive Committee and the Clinical Trial Administration ‘Strike Force.’

Recent Publications

Ethical Issues Raised by the Introduction of Artificial Companions to Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: A Call for Interdisciplinary Collaborations — Elena Portacolone, March 30, 2020

Unintended Consequences of Opioid Regulations in Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions — Christine Miaskowski, March 29, 2020

"Chasing the Pain Relief, Not the High": Experiences Managing Pain After Opioid Reductions Among Patients With HIV and a History of Substance Use — Glenn-Milo Santos, March 25, 2020

Assessing the prevalence of meeting physical activity recommendations among U.S. healthcare workers: Data from the 2015 National Health Interview Survey — Soo-Jeong Lee, alumna Julia Buss, March 23, 2020

Association of Personality Profiles With Coping and Adjustment to Cancer Among Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy — Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Christine Miaskowski, March 10, 2020

Use of Individual Development Plans for Nurse Scientist Training — Christine Miaskowski, Sandra Weiss, March 17, 2020

Patient-Physician Communication in the Context of Diabetes Care: Adaptation and Assessment of Psychometric Properties of a Persian Version of the Interpersonal Process of Care Survey (P-IPC) — Anita Stewart, March 16, 2020

Factors Associated With Physical Injury or Police Involvement During Incidents of Workplace Violence in Hospitals: Findings From the First Year of California's New Standard — Oi Saeng Hong, Susan Chapman, March 12, 2020

Evaluation of Health Literacy and Depression Literacy Among Korean Americans — Oi Saeng Hong, Feb. 26, 2020

First, Do No Harm: Why Philanthropy Needs to Re-Examine its Role in Reproductive Equity and Racial Justice — Monica McLemore, March 12, 2020

Empowering Older Adults to Discuss Advance Care Planning During Clinical Visits: The PREPARE Randomized Trial — Janet Shim, March 10, 2020