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

May 2021School of Nursing Communications
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Oi Saeng Hong to be Inducted Into Sigma’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Oi Saeng Hong, professor in Community Health Systems, will be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Hong is one of 20 world-renowned nurse researchers who will be inducted this year at Sigma’s 32nd Nursing Research Congress in July.

Hong is an internationally recognized expert in occupational and environmental health through multidisciplinary intervention research to prevent occupational disease and injuries, as well as health promotion and risk reduction in underserved racial/ethnic minority populations.

Valerie Yerger Leads Effort Culminating in FDA Proposal to Ban Menthol Cigarettes 

For 20 years, Valerie Yerger, professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, has exposed the tobacco industry’s predatory marketing of menthol cigarettes in the Black Valerie Yerger community. She and the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), which she co-founded, have been advocating for local, state and federal policies that would ban menthol.

After waiting 10 years for the Food and Drug Administration to ban menthol, the council and Action on Smoking and Health sued the FDA for inaction. The American Medical Association and National Medical Association later joined as co-plaintiffs. On April 29, the FDA announced its proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Learn more in the AATCLC announcement.

School of Nursing Celebrates Accomplishments at Virtual Awards Celebration

Faculty, students, alumni and predeptors were honored at the School's Awards Celeberation on May 18. View the full list of honorees.

UCSF Graduate Division, Academic Senate Recognize School of Nursing Faculty

Annesa Flentje, Julene Johnson, Andrew Penn Annesa Flentje, associate professor in Community Health Systems, has been named Outstanding Faculty Mentor of the Year, an award that is presented by the Associated Students of the Graduate Division. Flentje will be honored as part of the Graduate Division's Virtual Commencement on May 27. 

Julene Johnson, associate dean for research, is the recipient of the UCSF Distinction in Mentoring Award in the category of Full Professor, and Andrew Penn, associate professor in Community Health Systems, is the recipient of the UCSF Distinction in Teaching Award. These awards are conferred by the UCSF Academic Senate. Johnson and Penn will be honored May 25. 

New Research and Scholarship Team to Advance Nursing Science, Clinical Practice at UCSF

Three School of Nursing faculty members — Christine Miaskowski, professor in Physiological Nursing, Sandy Staveski, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing and Christine Miaskowski, Sandy Staveski, Laura Wagner Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems — joined the Research and Scholarship Team at the Center for Nursing Excellence and Innovation at UCSF Health.

The team will create an infrastructure that optimizes consultation for nurse-led research, research utilization and scholarship activities that advance nursing science and clinical practice at UCSF.

Faculty Secure Grants to Advance Research and Education

Linda Park, Michele Pelter Linda Park, associate professor in Community Health Systems, and Michele Pelter, associate professor in Physiological Nursing, have been named the 2021 recipients of the Lipps Research Funds. 

Park will receive $150,000 in phase 2 funding for her pilot project “Tap iT! Development of a Novel Medication Adherence System: Phase II.” Pelter will receive $150,000 for her pilot study, “Evaluation of an Algorithm Based Solution to Reduce False Ventricular Tachycardia Alarms in the Intensive Care Unit."

The fund is made possible through a generous gift from Randy and Kathy Lipps in honor of one of their daughters, Sarah Lipps.

Monica McLemore Moderates Panel

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, moderated a fireside chat with members of Congress titled “How the Momnibus Seeks to Improve Black Monica McLemore Maternal Health Outcomes.” The April 14 chat was with Rep. Alma Adams, Rep. Lauren Underwood, Joia Crear Perry of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, and Angela Doyinsola Aina of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, and coincided with Black Maternal Health Week.

Garrett Chan Honored With NP of Distinction Award

Garrett Chan Garrett Chan, associate adjunct professor in Physiological Nursing, is the 2021 recipient of the Nurse Practitioner of Distinction Award from the California Nurse Practitioners Association. He was honored at the organization’s 43rd annual conference April 22-24.


Van Park, Linda Park Share Findings About COVID-19-Related Discrimination in AAPI Community

Faculty members Van Ta Park and Linda Park published a brief on key findings from a nationwide survey of more than 5,000 Asian Americans and Pacific Van Park, Linda Park Islanders (AAPI) about COVID-19-related discrimination and mental and physical health effects on AAPI. The brief was drafted at the request of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Among the key findings, three in five respondents experienced discrimination in the past six months. When asked how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their life, 41% said they have experienced some (mild/moderate/severe) changes in their experience with racial discrimination. In addition, 59% believe the country has become more dangerous for their ethnic group. See additional key findings

Faculty-Alumna Team Honored for Best Research Article

Faculty members Monica McLemoreAudrey Lyndon, and Linda Franck, along with alumna Talita Oseguera, are the 2021 Clockwise, from top left, Monica McLemore, Audrey Lyndon, Talita Oseguera, Linda Franck recipients of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health's Best Research Article award.

The team received the honor for their article, “Listening to Women: Recommendations from Women of Color to Improve Experiences in Pregnancy and Birth Care.” The virtual award ceremony is May 24.

Gerri Collins-Bride Co-Chairs Conference on Developmental Disability for 20th Year

Gerri Collins-Bride Gerri Collins-Bride, professor emerita in Community Health Systems, and professor Lucy Crain of the School of Medicine are celebrating 20 years of co-chairing the annual UCSF CME conference, Developmental Disabilities: Update for Health Professionals. The conference, which was held virtually March 25-26, drew a record 380 attendees nationwide. Its theme was health equity, inclusion and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. Collins-Bride also delivered a podium presentation on virtual health care for this population.

Jerry Saliman Named Preceptor of the Month

Jerry Saliman is the May Preceptor of the Month. Saliman retired from Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco after a 30-year career, and is now a volunteer internist at Jerry Saliman Samaritan House Medical Clinic in San Mateo. He has precepted AGPCNP students for many years and has made a major impact on students, who have remarked on his generosity, kindness, patience, compassion, wealth of knowledge, expertise, commitment and thoughtfulness. In honor of the critical contributions that preceptors make to advance student learning, the UCSF School of Nursing faculty are honoring one preceptor each month. 

Linda Franck Joins Bixby Faculty

Linda Franck Linda Franck, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, has been appointed Affiliate Faculty with the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, which integrates research, training, clinical care and advocacy to advance reproductive autonomy, equitable and compassionate care, and reproductive and sexual health worldwide.

Rosalie Bravo to Present at Teaching Institute Conference

An abstract by Rosalie Bravo, professor in Physiological Nursing, on “Evaluation and Treatment of Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia: A Review of the Rosalie Bravo 2019 ATS/IDSA Guidelines” has been accepted for the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Expo 2021 conference. Bravo will be presenting between May 24-27.

Carrie Chan Presents at NAPNAP Conference

Carrie Chan Carrie Chan, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, delivered two presentations at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ virtual conference from March 24-27: “Preventing HIV Just in Time – Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) 101 and Lessons Learned from a Pilot Telehealth PrEP Program” and “Advancements in Conservative Management of Idiopathic Scoliosis.”

Andrea Saito to Present at Critical Care Nurses Institute 

An abstract by Andrea Saito, assistant professor in Physiological Nursing, on "Implementing Evidence-Based Sedation Methods" has been accepted for Andrea Saito presentation at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses National Teaching Institute 2021. She will be presenting on May 26.

Lisa Guertin's DNP Project to be Featured in Poster Presentation, Journal Publication

Lisa Guertin Lisa Guertin, associate professor in Physiological Nursing, recently graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University College of Nursing.

Her DNP work was accepted as a poster presentation at the 2021 International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant conference and is being published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. The title of her work is "Post-Heart Transplant Care Pathway's Impact on Reducing Length of Stay."

Additionally, Guertin was a presenter at the Virtual Classroom 2021: Cardiovascular Care Update through the University of Washington Continued Nursing Education.

Featured Publications

Op-Ed: How to Change an American Medical System That Harms Black Maternal Health — Monica McLemore, May 9, 2021

Diversify Your Emotional Assets: The Association Between the Variety of Sources of Emotional Support and Thoughts of Death or Self-harm Among US Older Adults — Mijung Park, May 6, 2021

An Episode of Mania Following Self‐Reported Ingestion of Psilocybin Mushrooms in a Woman Previously Not Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder: A Case Report — Andrew Penn, May 2, 2021

“Little Red Flags”: Barriers to Accessing Health Care as a Sexual or Gender Minority Individual in the Rural Southern United States: A Qualitative Intersectional Approach — Orlando Harris, May 2021

Structural Racism and Social Distancing: Implications For COVID-19 — Renee Mehra, Linda Franck, May 2021

A Review of the State of HIV Nursing Science With Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression Peoples— Kristen Clark, Carol Dawson-Rose, May-June 2021

President's Message—The International Nursing Network for HIV Research — Yvette Cuca, Carol Dawson-Rose, May-June 2021

A Review of the State of the Science of HIV and Stigma — William Holzemer, May-June 2021

A State of the Science on HIV Prevention Over 40 Years Among Black and Hispanic/Latinx Communities — Carmen Portillo, May-June 2021

The Psychosocial Predictors and Day-Level Correlates of Substance Use Among Participants Recruited via an Online Crowdsourcing Platform in the United States: Daily Diary Study — Carol Dawson-Rose, Thomas Hoffmann, Glenn-Milo Santos, April 27, 2021

Advancing Health Equity Through a Theoretically Critical Implementation Science — Francesca Nicosia, April 27, 2021

A Preliminary Investigation of Psychoneurological Symptoms in Low-Income Mothers — Rebecca Salomon, April 27, 2021

Parenting Interventions and Secondary Outcomes Related to Maternal Mental Health: A Systematic Review— Rebecca Saloman, April 27, 2021

A Needs-Based Methodology to Project Physicians and Nurses to 2030: The Case of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — Tracy Lin, Jenny Liu, April 26, 2021

HIV Prevention at Drug Shops: Awareness and Attitudes Among Shop Dispensers and Young Women About Oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and the Dapivirine Ring in Shinyanga, Tanzania — Jenny Liu, April 26, 2021

Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Practices and Human Caring Science: Toward a Care-Informed Model of Treatment — Andrew Penn, April 23, 2021

Post-Stroke Fatigue: An Exploratory Study With Patients and Health Professionals to Develop A Patient-Reported Outcome Measure — Caryl Gay, April 21, 2021

Relationship Between Symptoms, Barriers to Care, and Healthcare Utilization Among Children Under Five in Rural Mali — Tracy Lin, Nancy Padian, Jenny Liu, April 18, 2021

What Parents Want to Know About Caring for Their Preterm Infant: A Longitudinal Descriptive Study — Stephannie Furtak, Caryl Gay, Linda Franck, April 17, 2021

A Retrospective Comparison of Guidelines to Assess Hospital-diagnosed Urinary Tract Infection in Nursing Home Residents — Laura Wagner, April 16, 2021

Treatment of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema Using Negative Pressure Massage: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial — Christine Miaskowski, Judy Mastick, April 16, 2021

Mobile Health Intervention Promoting Physical Activity in Adults Post Cardiac Rehabilitation: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial — Linda Park, Abdelaziz Elnaggar, April 16, 2021

Inadequate Preparedness for Response to COVID-19 is Associated With Stress and Burnout Among Healthcare Workers in Ghana — Jerry John Nutor, Akua Gyamerah, April 16, 2021

Differences in COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The COMPASS Survey — Van Ta Park, Bora Nam, Marian Tzuang, Linda Park, April 14, 2021

The 21st Century Cures Act and Challenges to Adolescent Confidentiality — Naomi Schapiro, Lisa Mihaly, April 14, 2021

Envisioning a More Expansive Future for Multidisciplinary Nursing Scholarship and Education — Joanne Spetz, April 12, 2021

The Risk of Preterm Birth Among Women With a History of Leukemia or Lymphoma — Monica McLemore, April 8, 2021

Gender Differences in Experience and Reporting of Acute Symptoms Among Cleaning Staff — Soo-Jeong Lee, Minjung Kyung, Cherry Leung, Oi Saeng Hong, April 3, 2021

Stimulant Use for Self-Management of Pain Among Safety-Net Patients With Chronic Non-Cancer Pain — Glenn-Milo Santos, April 2, 2021

The Association Between Scope of Practice Regulations and Nurse Practitioner Prescribing of Buprenorphine After the Opioid Bill — Ulrike Muench, Joanne Spetz, April 1, 2021

Opportunities and Challenges for the Computational Interpretation of Rare Variation in Clinically Important Genes — Julia Brown, Matthew Norstad, Barbara Koenig, April 1, 2021

The Low-Wage Essential Worker: Occupational Concerns and Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic-A Round Table — Sandra Domeracki, March 31, 2021

Associations Between Food Insecurity and Depression Among Diverse Asian Americans — Mijung Park, March 31, 2021

A Proposed Ninth Essential: Supporting Doctor of Nursing Practice Students With Current or Anticipated Roles in Nursing Education — Annette Carley, Marianne Hultgren, March 29, 2021

Supporting Parents as Essential Care Partners in Neonatal Units During the SARS‐Cov‐2 Pandemic — Linda Franck, March 26, 2021

Creativity, Resilience and Resistance: Black Birthworkers’ Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic — Jennifer James, March 25, 2021

Estimating Long-Term Health Utility Scores and Expenditures for Cardiovascular Disease From the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey — Wendy Max, March 25, 2021

Assessment of Arm Volume Using a Tape Measure Versus a 3D Optical Scanner in Survivors with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema — Judy Mastick, Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Bruce Cooper, Christine Miaskowski, March 23, 2021

Hospital Admissions Associated with Cancer Pain in Older Adults with and Without Dementia — Ulrike Muench, March 23, 2021

Community Acceptance of Reactive Focal Mass Drug Administration and Reactive Focal Vector Control Using Indoor Residual Spraying, a Mixed-Methods Study in Zambezi Region, Namibia — Kimberly Baltzell, March 22, 2021

Is the Tobacco Industry’s Human Rights Makeover Growing Bolder? — Stella Bialous, March 21, 2021

Person-Centered Mental Health Care Access, Equity and Justice — Matt Tierney, March 21, 2021

Race, Pain, and Opioids Among Patients With Chronic Pain in a Safety-Net Health System — Glenn-Milo Santos, March 18, 2021

Violence and Hate Against Asian Americans is a Health and Safety Crisis for Everyone — Stacy Torres, PhD, March 17, 2021

The Costs of Delivering Emergency Care at Regional Referral Hospitals in Uganda: A Micro-Costing Study — Tracy Lin, March, 16, 2021

Identifying Profiles of Multisystem Physiological Activity Across Early Childhood: Examining Developmental Shifts and Associations With Stress and Internalizing Problems — Abbey Alkon, March 12, 2021

Comparing Substance Use and Mental Health Among Sexual and Gender Minority and Heterosexual Cisgender Youth Experiencing Homelessness — Matthew Beld, Ladan Khoddam-Khorasani, Annesa Flentje, Adam Leonard, Carol Dawson-Rose, March 11, 2021

We Must Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage — Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Renée Mehra, Amy Alspaugh, Toni Bond, Linda Franck, Monica McLemore. March 11, 2021

Community-Engaged Curriculum Development in Sexual and Reproductive Health Equity: Structures and Self— Monica McLemore, March 10, 2021

Feasibility of Universal Screening for Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders Among Caregivers of Infants Hospitalized in Nicus: A Systematic Review — Laurel Haeusslein, Linda Franck, March 10, 2021

COVID-19: A Catalyst for Change in Telehealth Service Delivery for Opioid Use Disorder Management — Shannon Smith-Bernardin, March 8, 2021

Psychological and Physiological Stress and Burnout Among Maternity Providers in a Rural County in Kenya: Individual and Situational Predictors — Sandra Weiss, March 6, 2021

Motivation to Participate in Precision Health Research and Acceptability of Texting as a Recruitment and Intervention Strategy Among Vietnamese Americans: Qualitative Study — Van Ta Park, March 2021

Newcomer Central American Youth: Informing our Practice in School-Based Health Centers — Naomi Schapiro, March 2021

Emotion, Embodiment, And Reproductive Colonialism in the Global Human Egg Trade — Diane Tober, PhD, March 6, 2021

Abortion Attempts Without Clinical Supervision Among Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender-Expansive People in the United States — Annesa Flentje, Micah Lubensky, March 4, 2021

Affirming Arrhythmia Diagnosis Using All Available Electrocardiography Leads — Michele Pelter, March 1, 2021

Salivary Cytokine Cluster Moderates the Association Between Caregivers Perceived Stress and Emotional Functioning in Youth — Victoria Keeton, March 1, 2021

The Impact of Smoking on Annual Healthcare Cost: An Econometric Model Analysis in China, 2015 — Tingting Yao, Feb. 28, 2021

Teleprecepting: A Timely Approach to Clinical Education During COVID-19 — Deborah Johnson, Elizabeth Gatewood, Amanda Ling, Angel Kuo, Feb. 24, 2021

Student Debt is Driving More Americans to Donate Their Eggs — and Some Suffer Lasting Complications — Diane Tober, Feb. 15, 2021