Public Health Research in Diabetes Continues to Progress

Researchers from the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) at San Francisco General Hospital continue to impact diabetes prevention and management efforts in countless ways through their important translational research.

The CVP team includes Dr. Dean Schillinger, the CVP Director and Chief of the California Diabetes Program and his colleagues, Drs. Urmimala Sarkar and Hilary Seligman, who have published several papers focusing on health literacy, patient/provider linguistic barriers, food insecurity, and the impact of diabetes along the California/Mexico border.

Dr. Schillinger published three papers in conjunction with the U.S. - Mexico Border Diabetes Prevention and Control Project that focus on the development of a viable diabetes prevention and control program for the specific needs of the border population.  [Hypertension][Undiagnosed Diabetes] [Smoking]   Additionally, the team recently published two papers with Kaiser Permanente which demonstrated:  1) people with diabetes who have limited health literacy are at higher risk for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) [Diabetes Health]  [Santa Cruz Sentinel] and, 2) patients who cannot communicate in their own language with their physician may have poorer outcomes. [UCSF Public Affairs]  Drs. Seligman and Schillinger also published an editorial about the burden of hunger and chronic disease that was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.