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

June 2019Diana Austin
Carroll Estes

Carroll Estes to Receive Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance

Professor Emerita in Social and Behavioral Sciences Carroll Estes will be honored with the 2019 Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) at a June 27 ceremony in Washington, DC.

Estes is recognized as a founding scholar in the field of “political economy of aging” and has devoted her life’s work to improving the health and economic security of vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly older people, women, LGBTQ individuals, people of color and people with disabilities.

She founded the Aging Health Policy Center at UCSF, and in 1985 secured University of California Organized Research Unit designation for it as the Institute for Health & Aging. She served as its founding director until 1999. She also chaired the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing from 1981 to 1992. In 2014, Estes received the UCSF Medal, the campus’ highest honor.

Estes’ public service has included consultancy to the U.S. Commissioners of Social Security, the U.S. Senate and House committees on aging and federal commissions for several decades. She is past president of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Society on Aging and the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education. She is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, two of which have been adopted for use in courses in more than 400 schools of medicine and nursing. Her most recent book, Aging A-Z: Concepts Toward Emancipatory Gerontology (written with Nicholas DiCarlo), was published in April by CRC Press.

Kate Melino Takes Leadership Role with NONPF

Kate Melino Kate Melino, assistant clinical professor in Community Health Systems, has been elected chair of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Special Interest Group of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

Elena Portacolone Featured on NIA Website

Elena Portacolone Research by Elena Portacolone, assistant adjunct professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, on the challenges of older adults living alone with cognitive impairment was featured in an April 23 article on the website of the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

“We need to concentrate our attention on the influence of social policies, institutions, and ideologies in the everyday experience of isolated older adults,” Portacolone says in the article.

UCSF Identified as a First Forward Inaugural University

Laura Wagner UCSF is one of 80 institutions nationwide identified as a First Forward University by the Center for First-Generation Student Success. The FirstGenRN program, led by Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems, was a critical component in the application process.

First Forward is the nation’s first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success.

Oi Saeng Hong Gives Keynote Speech on Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing

Oi Saeng Hong Oi Saeng Hong, professor in Community Health Systems and director of the PhD degree program, was a keynote speaker at the 7th International Congress of the Federation of Occupational Health Nurses within the European Union (FOHNEU) in Budapest, Hungary, on April 25.

Hong spoke on “Multinational Education and Research Collaboration in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing” and shared her global work with longtime collaborators in Brazil, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

Stacy Torres Celebrates “Other” Mothers

Stacy Torres Stacy Torres, assistant professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, published the op-ed “Happy ‘Other’ Mother’s Day” in the Los Angeles Times on May 12. The op-ed celebrates the contributions of “other” mothers, such as aunts, grandmothers, teachers and community members who serve as mentors and nurturing anchors.

Deborah Johnson Elected ISPN President

Deborah Johnson Deborah Johnson, associate health sciences clinical professor, has been elected president of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, which supports advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurses in promoting mental health care, literacy and policy worldwide.

Monica McLemore in Fast Company on Black Maternal Health

Monica McLemore Monica McLemore, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was featured in a May 21 article in Fast Company, “This ‘UX Nerd’ Is Running Hackathons to Tackle the POC Maternal Mortality Crisis.” In the article, McLemore notes, “The reason we need makers of color and particularly women of color, is because technology was never built from our unique perspective.”

Adam Leonard Receives Helen Martin Award for Excellence in Clinical Precepting

Adam Leonard Assistant Clinical Professor in Community Health Systems Adam Leonard was honored with the 2019 Helen Martin Award for Excellence in Clinical Precepting at a May 8 reception at the UCSF Library.

Each year, the award recipient is selected from nominations submitted by students. Students were also invited to recognize preceptors who are not eligible for the award at the event.

The award is given in memory of Helen Martin to a preceptor whose career follows a similar path of excellent primary care precepting in communities of need. Martin was an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing and clinical director of Valencia Health Services, a UCSF-supported pediatric practice.

UCSF Honors Nursing Faculty for Excellence in Teaching

UCSF School of Nursing honorees (clockwise from top left): Annette Carley, Jyu-Lin Chen, Ulrike Muench, Lynda Mackin, Rosalind De Lisser, Deborah Johnson On May 17, six faculty members from the School were honored with the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Awards: 

  • Excellence in Educational and Curricular Innovation: Annette Carley (clinical professor, Family Health Care Nursing and associate director of the DNP degree program) and Jyu-Lin Chen (professor, Family Health Care Nursing and director of the DNP degree program)
  • FAAN Excellence in Research Mentoring: Ulrike Muench (assistant professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences)
  • Excellence in Clinical Mentoring: Deborah Johnson (associate clinical professor, Community Health Systems)
  • Overall Excellence in Teaching Award: Rosalind De Lisser (associate professor, Community Health Systems)
  • Excellence in Creating a Supportive Learning Environment: Lynda Mackin (clinical professor, Physiological Nursing)

Recent Publications

Sources and Impact of Time Pressure on Opioid Management in the Safety-Net (Christine Miaskowski), May-June 2019

Predictors of HIV Risk Reduction in Adolescent Girls (Sally Rankin), May/June 2019

Chinese American Women’s Experiences with Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health Help-Seeking Behaviors (Van Ta Park), May/June 2019

Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Mobile Phone App in Conjunction with Brief In-Person Counseling on Physical Activity Among Physically Inactive Women: The mPED Randomized Clinical Trial (Yoshimi Fukuoka), May 24, 2019

Musical and Cognitive Abilities in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (Julene Johnson), May 19, 2019

Feasibility of Implementing a Palliative Care Intervention for People with Heart Failure: Learnings from a Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial (Kathleen Dracup), May 17, 2019

Consider the Root of the Problem: Increasing Trainee Skills at Assessing and Addressing Social Determinants of Health (Shawna Sisler, Naomi Schapiro, Linda Stephan, Jayme Mejia), May 16, 2019

Shared Medical Appointments: An Innovative Model to Reduce Health Disparities Among Latinxs with Type-2 Diabetes (Carolina Noya, Catherine Chesla, Catherine Waters, Abbey Alkon), May 14, 2019

Perceived Causes of Personal Versus Witnessed Overdoses Among People Who Inject Opioids (Glenn-Milo Santos), May 9, 2019

Symptom Clusters in Patients with Gastrointestinal Cancers Using Different Dimensions of the Symptom Experience (Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski), May 9, 2019

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants: An Underestimated Workforce for Older Adults with Cancer (Lorinda Coombs, Wendy Max, Caroline Stephens), May 6, 2019

Unwelcoming: The Church Experiences of HIV-Infected Adolescents and Emerging Adults (Carol Dawson-Rose), May 4, 2019

Consent Insufficient for Data Release (Barbara Koenig), May 3, 2019

Adherence to the AWHONN Staffing Guidelines as Perceived by Labor Nurses (Audrey Lyndon, Joanne Spetz, Caryl Gay), May 2, 2019

Using Mobile Technology to Engage Sexual and Gender Minorities in Clinical Research (Annesa Flentje), May 2, 2019

Contribution of Electrocardiographic Accelerated Ventricular Rhythm Alarms to Alarm Fatigue (Sukardi Suba, Cass Piper Sandoval, Jessica Zègre-Hemsey, Xiao Hu, Michele Pelter), May 2019

Deleterious Effects of Higher Body Mass Index on Subjective and Objective Measures of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer Survivors (Iva Petrovchich, Kord Kober, Linda Wagner, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski), April 30, 2019

Pairing Pedagogical and Genomic Advances to Prepare Advanced Practice Nurses for the Era of Precision Health (Elena Flowers, Margaret Martin, Hamza Abid, Sasha Binford, Lynda Mackin), April 23, 2019

End-of-Life Nursing and Education Consortium Communication Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Teams (DorAnne Donesky), April 13, 2019

‘Not All Fevers Are Malaria’: A Mixed Methods Study of Non-Malarial Fever Management in Rural Southern Malawi (Kimberly Baltzell, Ellen Scarr, Ellen Schell, Sally Rankin), April 12, 2019

Prevalence and Correlates of Simultaneous and Separate 30-Day Use of Tobacco and Cannabis: Results from the California Adult Tobacco Survey (Joanne Spetz), April 11, 2019

A 14-Day Follow-Up of Adult Non-Malarial Fever Patients Seen by Mobile Clinics in Rural Malawi (Kimberly Baltzell, Ellen Scarr, Ellen Schell, Sally Rankin), April 10, 2019

Perspectives on Training Needs for Geriatric Mental Health Providers: Preparing to Serve a Diverse Older Adult Population (Mijung Park), April 9, 2019

Hospital Responses to the End of Life Option Act: Implementation of Aid in Dying in California (Barbara Koenig), April 8, 2019

The Ethics of Perinatal Care for Black Women: Dismantling the Structural Racism in “Mother Blame” Narratives (Monica McLemore), April 2019

Demographic, Behavioral, and Social Characteristics Associated with Smoking and Vaping Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in San Francisco (Glenn-Milo Santos), March-April 2019

Learning to Lead: Reflections from the Tideswell-AGS-ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program Scholars (Linda Wagner), March 2019

The Cambia Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program: Projects and Reflections on Leadership in Palliative Care (DorAnne Donesky), February 27, 2019