Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
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May 2021
UCLA Division of GIM-HSR Monthly Newsletter
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Welcome Dr. Evan Shannon to GIM Clinical Research Faculty

Evan Shannon & familyDr. Evan Shannon comes to us from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he is completing a research fellowship in Hospital Medicine as Chief Medical Resident.  There he is an active mentor and teacher of medical students.  This is a return to the west coast for him, having attended Stanford for undergraduate, medical school at UCSF and completed his MPH in Epidemiology here at our Fielding School of Public Health.  Dr. Shannon's research looks at inequities and racial and ethnic disparities in health care.  He will do his clinical work as a hospitalist at our GLAHS VA Medical Center. Please welcome Dr. Shannon to GIM!  We all look forward to meeting and collaborating with you.

 June 18: 4th Martin F. Shapiro HSR Symposium 
Save the Date: June 18, 2021

Martin Shapiro4th Martin F. Shapiro HSR Symposium

Health and Healthcare of Disadvantaged Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A full day of virtual research talks presented by UCLA and Visiting Professors, including Dr. Shapiro

With a keynote address by

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D.
Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Schedule of speakers and webinar details will follow soon

Dr. Shover Wins UCLA Health Equity Pitch

Chelsea Shover, PhDDr. Chelsea Shover has won the UCLA Health Innovation Challenge Health Equity Pitch Contest for her proposal, "Engaging peer vaccine ambassadors to promote COVID-19 vaccine education and uptake among unhoused people."

Her volunteer crew for this 1-year project includes GIM faculty and collaborators Drs. Kristen Choi, Katherine Chen, Arleen Brown and Nina Harawa.

Dr. Norris Awarded Research to Diversity Award

Dr. NorrisFrom the Academic Senate Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Dr. Keith Norris has received this year’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) “Research to Diversity” Award.

The Committee noted, "His selection for this distinguished honor is a tribute to his notable accomplishments and manifest commitment to diversity.  His excellent work has made a real difference, and we are proud to acknowledge his contributions in fostering an equitable and inclusive UCLA."

Congratulations, Dr. Norris!

Celebrating GIM Staff

Cristina PunzalanCongratulations to Cristina Punzalan on 20 years in GIM! 

From her earlier role as an administrator for the RWJ Clinical Scholars program, to her current position as program manager of the new Department of Medicine Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Cristina has served GIM administration with dedication and excellence.  Thank you, Cristina!  

Pilot Funding Opportunity
WHERCPilot Funding Available for Health Disparities Research in Women’s Health

The Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health seeks to promote women’s health equity by targeting this pilot funding to address health disparities in traditionally underserved populations of women (e.g. racial/ethnic/sexual minorities, low socioeconomic status, rural residence, living with disabilities.)

Open to research that elucidates mechanisms driving health disparities as well as research that evaluates interventions to address health disparities, factors including but not limited to health care, health policy and the social determinants of health Research that focuses on medical issues and diseases unique to women is welcome, however, projects need not be restricted to these health issues/diseases.

For full details and application form, visit:

New Funding Awards in GIM

David Zingmond, MD, PhD
Impact of POLST Adoption and of Financial Incentives on Care Receipt and on Intensity of
Care Preferences in Nursing Home Patients
R01 Supplement
 03/01/2021 - 02/28/2022

Ryan Abbott, MD
African Centre for Technology Studies (Kenya)
Program and Finance Management for the African Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) Scholarships

Keith Norris, MD and Arleen Brown, MD, PhD
California Get Out the Vaccine Campaign to Stop COVID-19 (GOTV)

GIM Seminars & Events

GIM Friday Noon Seminar Series

Yusuke TsugawaThis Friday, May 7
Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, PhD
"High-Risk Approach vs. High-Benefit Approach in Hypertension Treatment Using Machine-Learning Causal Forests

May 14 - Joseph Ladapo, MD, PhD
May 21 - David Hayes, Bautista, PhD
May 28 - Kimberly Narain, MD, PhD

Live streaming webinar & phone conference line: | Password: uclagim
(669) 900-6833, Meeting ID 588 355 752

New GIM Presentations & Publications
SGIM Annual Meeting Presentations Highlights

John Mafi, Ade Olomu, Seth Berkowitz, Renuka Tipirneni, Michele Heisler. Eliminating Health Inequities: Assessing the Evidence on Federal and Health System-Level Interventions and Highlighting a Path Forward. Special Symposium
John Mafi, Andrew D. Althouse, Rodney A. Hayward, Mary Beth Hamel. Evidenced-Based Action Against COVID-19: a Debate on Whether Evidence From Observational Studies Does More Harm Than Good. Special Symposium
Dan Ly. Did Primary Care Physicians Prescribe Opioids Differently to Their Minority Patients? Evidence From Episodes of new low Back Pain Among Elderly Adults From 2007-2014. Hamolsky Finalists: Oral Abstract Presentations
Lisa Mansfield, Alejandra Casillas, Yelba Castellon-Lopez, Juan Barron, Ejiro Ntekume, Savanna L. Carson, Stefanie Vassar, Arleen F. Brown. COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptability and Hesitancy in Multiethnic Communities in Los Angeles County. Top Oral Abstract Presentations in Health Equity
Melissa Wei.  Multimorbidity and 30-Day Readmissions Among Medicare Beneficiaries Using a New ICD-Coded Multimorbidity-Weighted Index.  Top Oral Abstract Presentations in Hospital Medicine

These and more archived presentations from GIM are available for replay to registered attendees on the SGIM website through May 14.

Histopathologic synoptic reporting of invasive melanoma: How reliable are the data? Taylor, LA, Eguchi, MM, Reisch, LM, ... , Barnhill, RL, Elmore, JGCancer. 2021. 

Educational Attainment, Decision-Making Preferences, and Interest in Evidence-Based Diabetes Prevention among Women with a History of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. Panchal H, Turk N, Moin T, Mangione CM, Vu A, Amaya S, Norris KC, Duru OK.Womens Health Rep (New Rochelle). 2021 Apr 27;2(1):106-112. doi: 10.1089/whr.2020.0116. eCollection 2021.PMID: 33937908
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